mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
slightly hazy golden. aroma of booze, earth, piney hops, wood and big caramel. some fruity notes of apricot and peach with cotton candy and mixed fruit. sweet boozy, hoppy finish. very sweet, needs aging
pet3rman (366) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz Bomber: Early 07 Release: Pours Dark Amber with a big off white head. Aroma of fruit and booze. Taste is that of fruit and alcohol. Pretty complex but most masked by bitterness. Decent, not what I expected from a barleywine.
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle - pours dark amber with slight haze and a little head just around the edges; malty aromas w/ sweet hops and some stale fruit; flavors come off stale as well with some spice and fruit mixed with the big hops; texture is thin with some alcohol burn; IMO, not a very drinkable BW at this point; not exactly harsh or anything like that, just not my type of BW as it was missing the sugary flavors that i love; i love stone, so was sort of disappointed with this one
Exner83 (2) - California, USA - FEB 21, 2008 does not count
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 10, 2008 Hmmm. Not quite my thing. It pours beautifully, though. The big plus? 11.26%, baby!
thechandler (590) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2008 2008 Bottle. Pours a deep copper with a light head. Aroma is deep with hops and alcohol. Flavor is wow. Strong hops punch. Taste doesnt really develop as it goes as I’d expect, but the hops linger. Light malt and citrus hints though. Overall, very powerful, pretty good. Very hoppy.
ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is sweet fruity hops but was not very strong. This beer pours a very nice golden amber color with nice medium head that dissipates to small thin head relatively quickly. Flavor took some getting use to. Small amounts of citrus are present but the taste is mostly of spices and hops. Somehow the combination seemed bland mid drink. Alcohol is present throughout. Finish is bitter. Overall the beer reminds me more of an IPA.
jcdsmack (88) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours adeep copper to amber color has an unfiltered appearance thick tan head strong alcohol burn sweet malt flavor good hop bitterness not as much aroma as BIgfoot still nice fruity malty aromas and flavors a little light on the bite chocolate flavors emerge upon warming, good solid malt lacks depth in the hops but still a good barley wine.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 6, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 2008 - Pours dark brown with a mostly maintained tan head. Aroma of mango and citric hops, pine resins, and caramelized malt. Taste is sweet and hoppy with notes of caramelized wort, toffee, plums, and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is full bodied and resinous with soft carbonation. A good beer, but needs to be laid down for a few years.
DSG (8665) - Tel Aviv, - JAN 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2010 Re-rate 7/12/10: Bottle sample at a tasting. 2009 vintage. Thanks David Cohen. Hazy dark orange. Aroma of big resinous hops with some pine, flowers and citrus hints. Bitter hoppy flavor with pine, some resin and grapefruit notes with a bit of honey-ish malt in the back. Medium-full body. Very bitter and not too balanced but still tasty. 6/4/7/4/13=3.4
(11/3/08) Draught sample at the brewpub in Escondido. 2007 vintage. Hazy orange color. Aroma full of malt, caramel, honey, sherry, some fruitiness and some alcohol. Sweet malty flavor with some wood, vanilla notes, caramel, honey, sherry notes, some fruitiness and some bitter hoppiness in the finish. Full-bodied. Not my cup of tea. 6/3/6/4/12=3.1
nick76 (4315) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is very hoppy with pine and citrus as well as butter and caramel malt. The appearance is deep amber with a large head. The flavor is like the aroma with a very bitter finish. The palate is thick and smooth. Overall a very well made beer that is just too bitter.