nathan30533 (412) - Dahlonega, Georgia, USA - FEB 12, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Perfect score! I donít understand what the other guys are drinking but maybe thatís because Iím a big IPA/ Double IPA/ Rhye IPA/ESP guy. I love this one from the word start. Smells of sooooo many aromas like a good Belgium you dream about. Then the sweetness and wonderful hops. Good lacing. Great color. Great beer and thank you again to the wonderful sweetwater team for this one! Perfect Score!!
BeeriedEyed (211) - USA - MAR 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Awesome beer. Did not know what to expect with the smell being very vague but such a great taste.
TheJackalope (30) - Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh out of the store, poured into Tall glass. Aroma, color taste were all vibrant. The first taste was through a nice 2 inch head. Smooth and then a powerful blast of flavor, ending in a hoppy, mild, grapefruit flavor, layered in the smoke from the toaster oven roasted ingredients. Wonderful brew.
jbruner (1117) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a great dark brown both on tap and out of the bottle. Medium amount of head and some nice lacing present on the glass. The blend of hops and malts is very good considering the amount used (5 and 7 respectively). A very good beer and one of the best ESBs I have ever tried. Well done Sweetwater, and congrats on 15 years.
unclemattie (3704) - Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2012 22oz bottle, pretty trout painted label. Dark ruby color, rocky foam. Aroma of sweet fruits, raisins, sugary malts. Strong taste, loads of sugar. Silky heavy body. Mellow hop bitterness. Wow, what a BarleyWine. Better in a smaller glass. Happy Birthday Jo.
whaleale (7) - Athens, Tennessee, USA - MAR 22, 2012 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Canít say enough about this one. Blends lots of malt with plenty of hops showing through! Love the ABVat 10 percent too. Canít wait for a taste of the draft or a growler full.
bhensonb (8954) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Bruisin Ales. Pours dark copper with a frothy beige head. Sort of mixed funky fruit/floral aroma. Not earthy - just funky. Full bodied. Flavor is light pitted yellow fruits, heather, earth, dark pitted fruits (this stuff keeps moving around, flavorwise). Itís a bit leathery. Definitely, tho subtly floral. Smooth roasted malt - not at all harsh. Heat is hardly noticeable. The bitter keeps fighting off the malt. It is "fresh". It is old. Brilliant ale. Really. Our cousins over the pond might die consuming this, but theyíd likely die happy.
Shag (2439) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An amber color with a white head. Aroma has dark fruit, caramel, biscuit, and alcohol. Flavor is malty with a strong malt presence. This is indeed an ESB on roids. This is close to a barleywine except maybe a little hopppier. Overall a great beer.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bomber. Tan copper ale. Thin head. Silky body is English ESB on super hop juice. Thick, honey?
mixmasterob (828) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber/orange pour with no head. Aroma was full of caramel and earthy hops, notes of citrus lingered in the background. Earthy describes it well. Flavors were heavy on the caramel malt side without being too sweet. Nicely done. Nice bitter hop flavors throughout, actually well balanced given how big it is. Overall I thought this was a winner. Love how they went back to their roots for their big anniversary brew. The alcohol was incredibly well hidden, this was almost too drinkable. Mouthfeel was oily and slick, super smooth. They havenít brewed a beer this big in a long time and pulled it off in great fashion. Cheers to the dudes at SW.