FishBizkit (234) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma has notes of caramel, toasted malts, brown sugar, dried dark fruits, sherry and a ton of citrus hops. Murky dark brown hue with a small mostly diminishing tan head that left little lace. Flavor is very sweet and very bitter. Palate is very full bodied and oily soft. Overall a very nice barley wine that should age remarkably well. There is a ton of hops in here so some age should mellow it a bit. The Malt base is wonderful as it the palate. Very good one.
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice hop aroma, not bitter but floral and sweet. Strawberries and pineapple. Pours a reddish brown, thick creamy head. It’s has such and interesting look to it. Black current tartness upfront, with strawberries, and cherry sweetness. It has such a great bitter hop finish. Palate is the most balanced barley wine I’ve consumed so far. The hop bitterness is smooth and tingly on the tongue. Sweet and wonderful.
mikalooch (224) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown-maroon with a bubbly head. Intense resinous hops aroma, I also get some raisin and caramel in there. Taste is mostly hops due to the nose, very bitter with a sugary undertone, the malty caramel is also very present. Thick and sticky mouthfeel. I think this feels more like a double IPA considering the intense hop character, very nice though, this beer is big.
bobbypaulson (217) - Fergus Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from the deli at a meet the brewers event in state college. pours a murky brown color off white head. aroma is citrusy and roasted barley. taste is very easy to drink and sweet with a nice hoppy kick to it. nicely balanced like most of there beers
Beerapprentice (207) - Hopatcong, New Jersey, USA - APR 1, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep, dark amber color with a beige head. Wow, this aroma is heaven in a bottle. It’s killer!!! The aroma is of toffee, citrus, pine, caramel, and lovely simcoe hops. Perhaps there’s also suggestions of mango, molasses, brandy, and creme brulee’s crunchy top. Palate is full and rich. This was amazing!!! Thanks adrian910ss.
kimjongill (207) - - DEC 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From tap. Light malty aroma. Dark appearance with thin white head. Good malt and hop balance. Floral hop and caramel malt taste. Light bitter finish. Pretty good beer for the price on draft.
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
There’s so much going on with this beer, it’s going to be tough to nail down. Pours hazy rusty brown with nice thick head. Aroma of woodsy hop, roast, sweet malt....dried fruit...and something more savory, like salami. Slightly sweet to start, then a wallop of woodsy, resiny and slightly herby hops. All with an undertone of light roast and a little candy sweetness. Little bit of peppery alcohol on the finish. Very nice, really interesting. Definitely a winner.
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Original Scratch 4-2007, 12 oz. bottle. Pours cloudy amber brown with a lot of small floaters and a decent tan head that subsides to a ring that leaves some spotty lace. Aroma is oaky and woody with dark fruits and citrus hops. Flavor is hop dominated with still lots of citrus character. The woody, bourbony vibe comes through as well, along with some sweet fruity malts in the background, somewhat overshadowed by the other, more prominent flavors. Medium-full bodied and smooth with a bitter hoppy finish. Some alcohol presence in both the nose and palate. Good and unique hop-forward barleywine. Surprised the hops held up so well after 2+ years of aging and that the alcohol is still noticeable.
ManvsCity (180) - Redmond, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2009 Bomber from Chuck’s in Bowling Green. Half inch quickly dissipating head, off white, with a hint of greenish brown, solid lacing as it fades. Body is a dark brown, growing cloudy at bottom of the bottle. Dark cocoa, almost bitter chocolate dances through the floral hops and rich maltiness. At first, it feels lighter than most barleywine, but the alcohol heat catches up with you quickly. Really a unique beer. Wish I could have cellared a couple of bottles to compare next year. Not quite as mellow as it warms.
thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is what you call a bouquet. There’s syrup and molasses and citrus and honey and just a whole mish mosh of all sorts of fruits and sugars. The flavor is just as colorful with a strong initial punch of sweet followed by a bitter bite. The palate is wonderfully smooth. You think it will finish harshly, but it doesn’t. Looks great too!