Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 vintage courtesy of Gillard. Pours hazy copper with lasting tan head. The aroma is nice and hoppy with pine hops and fur tree followed by sweet mildly roasty malts and hints of caramel. The taste starts hoppy and earthy and a tad thin. The hops come off as pine, grassy, resiny and earthy bitterness. Wow, lots of hops. By midway the sweet malts peak in intensity but quickly get overtaken by pine and grassy hop bitterness that run right into the after taste. Darn smooth really but would benefit from several more years of aging.
2005 vintage. It pours a hue darker than the ’06 with an even bolder tan head. The aroma is much more barleywine like with a suitable level of dark fruity esters to break up the once hop dominated nose. I also get a just noticeable caramel note. The taste is richer with a bit more malt caramel notes and dark fruity esters. The hops are still over powering. I think this will be excellent in a couple more years. I now wish I had another bottle.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JAN 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yellow wax ’07 bottle bought by deftim13. Thanks Tim! Had at PP bottle shop with deftim13, hapjydeuce, denverlogan, Sean, and Ryan. Red amber color. A little bit of oxidation. Sweet. Still good, but past it’s peak. A little better after airing out. I often find this true of oxidized beers. Little hop bitterness. Alcohol well hidden. Need to rerate with a fresh bottle.
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. bomber, 2005 (pink wax), courtesy of CaptainCougar. Pours a very cloudy, thick, deep, red with brown and orange highlights. The yeast that make it into the bottle look like flakes of cork. A head is stirred up - medium in size and tan in color - but quickly subsides to nearly nothing. The aroma is hoppy and malty with tons of caramel. The grassy hops and caramel are primary smells, and dark fruit and alcohol are secondary. There is a slight medicinal quality to its strong alcoholic character. Tertiary smells are a light dustiness and a subtle hint of smoke. The flavor starts quite lovely and complex: thick and malty with lots of toffee and caramel and hints of honey and chocolate. There is also a very firm hop note that is very piney. As the beer goes back towards mid-palate, the bitter hops strengthen - piney and resiny (with a growing astringency that is reminiscent of nail polish). The malt character continues to balance and overcome the hops - loads of caramel and a growing level of chocolate. By mid-tongue, the malt profile gets more and more like fruit-cake. The finish is surprisingly somewhat dry from the bitterness and from a subtle smoke flavor. It finishes quite bittersweet with the astringency lessening, but the warmth/heat of alcohol growing. The back of the throat is quite warm from alcohol after swallowing. The mouthfeel is very full and carbonation is low. It isn’t quite syrupy, but it is thick. Overall, a very interesting barley wine.
Ratman197 (9454) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber yellow wax poured a hazy amber with a lingering ring of amber foam. Aromas of carmel, pear, apricot, mango, orange and a hint of pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, orange, apricot, light woodiness and a hint of earthiness with a smooth lingering bittersweet finish.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 2008. Aroma of massive toffee and caramel with notable smatterings of citrusy hops. Flavor again huge toffee and caramel maltiness along with citrus, grapefruit, mango. Sweet but never sugary, balanced just enough. A little heavy for me on the palate. Still though, huge flavors and definitely worthy even if my rating is a bit below its average.
hombrepalo (1800) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 bomber. Finally got this one but was way too hot for me. The aroma was full of alcohol and brown sugar. The appearance was a nice dark brown with some red highlights, fluffy head. The taste was really hot and boozey with some malt thrown in there somewhere. Predominate caramel sweetness nicley balnced by peppery spice that stretches inot a long bitter finish. Not my cup of tea, needed more balance.
Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 bottle shared at tasting. Poured clear amber with slight offwhtie head. Aroma of malt, fruit, light hop. Not as hoppy as I was expecting, though this was brewed two years ago. Taste was similar with lots of malt, some fruit, and heavy sweetness. Finish is, again, not as hop bitter as expected, though pretty nice. Overalll, a solid effort, though a little below expectation.
DSG (5632) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting. Hazy amber color with a beige head. Aroma of pine needles, resin, some cookies, malt, some fruitiness and a bit of alcohol. Sweet malty flavor at first with some dark bread, caramel and some plums notes turns into bitter piney hops. Full-bodied. Good stuff.
Radek Kliber (6368) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated at RB 2003. Thick creamy head, brownish. Sweet and juicy malts with hints of caramel. I found a bit too heavy. Vintage probably would taste better.
Rastacouere (6119) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sorrowfully totally clear amber-orange pour atop which an initially honest off-white cover fades at a constant rhythm. Expressive aroma firstly disarming you through a blast of floral, piney, sprucey aromatic amarillos. The underlying malt is not to be neglected, highly candyish, like concentrated Jolly Rancher juice. Tons of residual sugar components, yet well developed fruitiness, rich with melon and perfumed berry notes. Quite boozy in mouth, if not necessarily harshly so thanks to the cognac-like nature of the alcohol, reminding of a concentrated wine. Thus very sweet and fittingly very hoppy, foresty, fruity, woody and throath-coating. Very malty spirit is betrayed by a rather syrupy palate, certainly fruity and alcoholic, but also rather oily and slick even, the carbonation being restrained to say the least. Far from a favourite among barleywines, just not very mature nor sagacious, it remains an experiment worth seeking out.