RespertFTW (464) - Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber thanks to Repo. Deep amber color. Sweet hop and candy aroma. Taste is very hippy with nice bitter balance for a barelywine.
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Mittenator (1054) - Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber thanks to Repo. Clear amber with a beige head. Candy and fruit aromas. Similar flavors and surprisingly light.
tcane7 (1520) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clean amber with thin, diminishing tan head and some spots of lace. Nose of caramel, cherry, plum, brown sugar. Medium body, sweet but not much alcohol warmth. Some herbal and earthy hop notes.
b33r (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brownish amber color with no head and no lacing. Aroma is malty with deep fruit notes. Flavor has strong caramel, cocoa malts, with a bitter kick and slight spicyness with a bit of hop bitterness. Itís not sharp and astringent like most other barleywines- this is smooth and very drinkable
radio_nowhere (684) - Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taken me awhile to find this one, bomber into snifter glass. Orangy-amber color with light tan head. Aroma of citrus/piney hops, big caramel malt and some fresh fruitiness. Taste makes a much larger appearance with some hop bitterness, toffee, sugar, berries, light cocoa and booze. Heavy body, moderate carbonation, slick, soft, oily with slight bitter finish. Very fruity, soft barleywine. Enjoyed!
chucklemation (283) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice copper color with a white foam head. Smells fruity and somewhat like brandy. Taste is fruit and medium hops. Very good.
harrymel (1439) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured to NB globe.
Best by: 11/15/15
A: Pours a nice orange, amber ale with excellent clarity and a single finger peanut colored head which dissipates quickly to leave a sheet of foam on surface.
S: Bell peppers dominate the nose initially. Some green apple skins, caramel, toffee, earthy hops with hints of citrus in there.
Occasionally, I get some woody smells in there, piney, resin.
T: Bitter, sweet, warm. Plenty of bittering on this barley wine. Nice, sweet malt backbone, but it doesnít really marry completely. the ABV show through (expected at this age).
M: Medium heavy feel with medium high carbonation. Slicks the palate.
D: nice beer. I was caught off guard by the nose profile on this one. Itís atypical for a barley I think. The bell pepper is what I like in young, immature Cabernet Franc vines, and this reminds me of this profile. I want to grab a couple and age them.
Serving type: bottle
ryanscourt (534) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really wonderful sipper. Warms your throat, but remarkably drinkable. Lots of hop flavor but really takes the back seat due to all the syrupy flavors.
keanex (1232) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
It appears that Iíve wiped the dating off, but this is from the fresh 2013 release.
Appearance: The body is beautifully clear with a red body with pink tones through it. The head is short and dense with good retention, slowly settling into an off-white dusting on top with a bubbly ring.
Aroma: The nose gives off juicy grapefruit hop aromas, but itís not pungent while hints of sweet caramel and bready malts back it up with a light booze presence. The aroma is a bit weak though.
Taste: The intro is very unassuming of the mildly aggressive bitterness that awaits. Bready malts and a mild caramel presence act as a base for a strong floral and grapefruit bitterness that peaks on the finish and lingers for a while. I get some raisin undertones by the finish, slight musky aromas as well. I didnít remember this being so hoppy.
Palate: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated, a bit snappy on the finish.
Overall: Iím not sure how I feel about this beer. On one hand I find it to be a step above most American barleywines, and on another hand I find that American barleywines teeter on being a imperial IPA. I tend to like my barleywines in the English style, sweet with a complex malt base. I donít get much here other than a huge hop presence, especially by the finish. Where is the deep and complex malt base here?
callmemickey (2091) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep muddy-brown body, medium sized light tan head, spotty lacing. Big caramel, toffee, and dark fruit malts, grapefruit, pine, and resinous hop notes Medium to full bodied, with gentle carbonation, moderate sweetness and complimentary bitterness in the finish.