whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Color of black tea with a warm-toned creamy head. Mostly brown sugar and well-caramelized malt in the aroma. Flavor is relatively sweet but balanced with notes of scalded fruit and hop bitterness. This is a very nice, elegant barley wine.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Its Nugget Nectar on Crack. Pours a mahogany body with a 2 finger tan head. Citrus, pine, grassy, cane sugars and a hint of caramel. Dam good fresh hop barley wine ale.
bedainedebiere (506) - Terrebonne, Quebec, CANADA - APR 10, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Glad to be the first Québécois to rate, maybe even try that one. Outside Pennsylvania, it seems hard to find; the owner got it out of the backstore because my brother was buying 250$ worth of beer to bring to me, The owner asked him not to tell where he got it and not to come again to get some more). 9,99$ for 22 oz. This is Heaven in a bottle. Hop tingling, very light texture, high carbonation, there seems to be something watery but in the best possible way (maybe it was very fresh), notes of fruits like orange and surely others because it is an incredibly complex brew. Notes of sweetness from the malt but the fruity hops come over and over again in the taste and aftertaste. I am totally overwhelmed by that brew. I’d buy cases of that if I could find it. A new Graal!
douglas88 (7798) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber thanks to machfive55. Pours a deep mahogany color with a small chestnut color head. The aroma is super hoppy; sweet grapefruit and berries. The flavor is similar; sweet citrus hops, medium to high bitterness, a smaller malt profile. A lot like a double IPA for sure. Light sweet caramel malts provide some balance. A nice medium mouthfeel. Overall, a tasty brew.
auerbrau (3199) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 7, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz Bottle purchased at Zeno’s Bottle Shop - State College. Dank Double-IPA like aroma flows from the snifter, rich with a careful blend of grapefruit zest, fir needles, and juniper. There’s a deeper edge of caramel and sweetness that adds nice depth. Pours a real rich red-brown, with a wonderful lacing head in sepia. Flavor is subtler than I expect. A soft, hop-flavor forward ruby red grapefruit juice, some apple skin, and some sandalwood. Higher, electric-lime hops waver above. There’s a lot of breadth and length to the hop flavors, but I feel like the malts aren’t returning the flavor. And the bitterness doesn’t punch so hard. This has got to be the softest, most silky barleywine I’ve ever had, with alcohol so well-integrated you’d think you were having a session beer. For the color of the beer, the weight, and the style, I expect more chewiness from the malt. But, I almost prefer this, with a fun dance between very fresh, expressive hop flavor and an airy, silken quality to the body. Deftly done.
markwise (5013) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
07 Bottle from when this was a Scratch beer, thanks to tpd975. Pours reddish-brown with an off-white head. Nose is citrus and floral hops with caramel, and sweet malt. Flavor is tons of sweet malt with balanced floral hops. Enjoyable beer.
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2009 22oz Bottle. Oozed out of the bottle a beautiful turbid earthy garnet, with amber highlights and a soft creamy tan head that provided remarkable uber lacing. Wonderfully redolent of high alpha hops: pine needles, grapefruit, orange; then caramel-chocolate, raisin, and fig with hints of roast malt. Reminiscent of Nugget Nectar with an intense malting. Tasted spectacular. Fresh pine needles, pink grapefruit, orange - perhaps mandarin - then caramel, cocoa, raisin, fig, slight licorice-toffee spiciness. It’s palate exacerbates the jubilance of the experience. Viscous and soft, full but not heavy, bitter but not cloying, intense but simple, warming but not burning. Amazing. So close to perfection.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5973) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2014 Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark red-brown color with a very large orange-tan head. The aroma was very strong piney and grapefruity hops with a fruit cocktail element throughout. The flavor was wonderfully rich and strong with notes of pine, fruit cocktail, pink grapefruit, sugar, cocoa and lightly roasty malts. The finish was long with resiny hops. The mouthfeel was thick and full. Wonderful.
Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - APR 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured amber with a off white head. Aroma of fruit, caramel, and pine. Thick with lots going on. Fruit and spice mix with caramel and citrus in the finish. Delightful.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
20090402 Bomber from RB Spirits. Dark ruby amber color with small beige head that lingers. Aroma is fruity with apple notes, fig, and light grapefruit. Some light pine and solvent. Light body for a barley wine, but pleasantly coating and mild, fine eff. Quickly fading pithy bitterness to finish. The flavor is a bit sweet, a bit hot, with applesauce, raisin, honey, grapefruit, toasty grain, late cocoa hints. Fine beer but not blowing my mind or anything. Some mild plasticy phenols emerge with temp on nose and retronasally. I’m curious as to how it will age, but don’t have high hopes as I’m afraid those phenols will become more prominent and the body will thin too much.