slowrunner77 (7089) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
"booze, citrusy sweetness and bitter hops. not my favorite barleywine. not bad overall...barleywine is like pizza - even a bad one’s good, but this is a below average barleywine."
CampesinoTino (799) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber (9.5% ABV). Hazy brownish amber pour with a sudsy layer of off-white head. Mostly herbal hops, pine resin and caramel malt sweetness in the aroma. Taste is resiny hops, orange rind and caramel at the start along with some candied citrus, pine and toasted malt to round things out. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with soft carbonation and more resiny bitterness and dark sugars in the finish. Pretty good balance overall between the bitter hops and sweet malt characteristics.
Iphonephan (4437) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 22 oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods Pasadena. Pours a clear copper with an ecru head. Aroma of malt and grass. Flavors of caramel. Boozy finish.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5521) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2014
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sampled on draft at Hou Thou this beer poured a caramel brown color with a large foamy tan head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was sour caramel, wood and had a bitter presence. The flavor was sour caramel, wood, bitterness, tobacco and an off presence. Long finish. Moderately full bodied. Very disappointing.
obguthr (4589) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2014
2.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Little aroma. Hazy copper, huge yellow head, decent lacing. Overripe orange, marzipan accents. Some oxidation. Grassy finish. Medium body, warm. Drinks old, but I couldn’t find a bottle date. A good candidate for a re-rate, but this just fell flat. At any rate, it doesn’t seem to age well.
Landmonger (156) - USA - MAY 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle into a snifter, the color is a reddish brown with thin almost nonexistent head the aroma is sweet malt, dried fruit and some citrus, taste of caramel, sweetness of dried fruit, some licorice, vanilla, lingering bitterness and a long lasting warmth going down.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at a friends house. From notes. Loads of dark fermented fruits and a decent toffee backbone. Awesome beer.
TheBeerGod (5569) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Label has ABV listed at 9.5%. Copper pour with a short tan head. Hoppy with dark fruit notes, citrus, caramel, light pine and toasted malt. Big toasted malt, light pine, caramel, toffee notes, booze, dark fruits and toasted dark bread. Body is medium and slightly chewy with a strong, dense, bubbly carbonation. Mild warmth as well. Ends with more caramel, sweet malt, toasted malt, toffee, bready notes, light pine, citrus notes and dark fruit.
toxichop (479) - South Gate, California, USA - APR 11, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
P: Dark amber with a two finger thick white/tan head. S: Sharp alcohol, pine bittering hops, caramel, wood, and brown sugar. T: Caramel, piney hops and lemon zest. M: Syrupy and rather sticky. O: Not the most enjoyable but I do know that againg helps this one. I had a four year old bottle a few years back and thought it was super mellow and enjoyable but never took notes on it. Oh well, looks like one is going to the cellar.
eros47 (52) - Huntington Park, California, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 release. Beautiful Ruby appearance. Off white head. Good combination of tropical and floral hops, the malts perfectly balance the bitterness.