goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2008 Poured a light ruby color. Aroma was strong. Of grapefruit, raisins, pine, and brown sugar. Flavor starts sweet and malty which quickly turns to citrus flavors and a hop bitterness back bone. Nice warming sensation. Medium bodied.Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Tap @ 2007 Strong Ale Fest. Called Uberschwein. The aroma was great with huge fresh pine and citrus. It got a 9 for that. The flavor also had some nice fresh hop notes.
Bottle: Great banana bread, caramel and nice hoppiness in the aroma. Pours a dark transparent orangish-red with an insignificant white head. Malt and banana bread up front with a real nice hop finish and balance. The finish remindes of of a malty IPA. Moderate hop aftertaste. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Beautiful clear mahogany with a beige head. Aroma of sweet malt, hops and dark fruit. A cross between a Barleywine and an I2PA - taste has strong notes of grapefruit/citrus, pine, resin, dark fruit, tropical fruit, caramel and molasses. Syrupy sweet with a bitter aftertaste and an alcohol buzz. Full, round and soft mouthfeel with subtle carbonation. Great head retention. Pretty easy drinking for a barleywine. Overall a great brew. ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2004
bomber...smells like an imperial IPA. High hop content on the nose. Clear garnet pour with a medium tan head. Intense piney hop aroma. This is an IPA2. It is extremely drinkable, however it has very little traditional barleywine qualities. I catch a little fruit, but by far it is west coast hops, throughout. I am quite disappointed. skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2004
This is THE barley wine to introduce someone to the style. Very fruity aroma (figs and cherries) and a sweet taste. West Coast hops are mostly in the nose, but the malt wins on the palate (along with lively carbonation). Clean and quaffable.
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2004 Reddish/orange/brown pour, small pearl head. Sweet and tangy nose, citurus notes. Rich feel, definate grapefruit character, starts sweet and ends bitter. Weak malt character, but nice malt feel. Strange finish. Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Pineapple and pine w/ hints of citrusy notes (almost like new plastic). Rich orange, red, w/ good head and lacing. Very hoppy w/ grapefruit and soury ferm. fruit. Good and tart. Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 5, 2004
the hog produced a translucent brown body with very little head.gave off a nice aroma of brandy,brown sugar,and candy.the flavor was almost the same bt it had a bit of grapefruit as well.this is pretty good but i could of done without the grapefruit taste. meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2004
This came in a 22oz Bomber with an interesting picture of pigs flying on the label. This one pours a clean amber orange color with great frothy white head. The aroma is excellent the hops are there and the barley wine sweet maltiness is present. A bit of pine and fruit also come through, very nice. This one starts of tasting of sweet malt and a bit fruity. The hops then kick in with some bitterness and the slight taste of alcohol on the finish. A very tasty and balanced barleywine with good mouthfeel and carbonation. Highly drinkable for a barley wine, I could down a few of these. frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Redish amber color with an off white head. Malts, rasins and caramel dominate the aroma with a background of hops. Light sweetness initially, followed up by a big hoppy bitterness, and a light spice. Some fruit and caramel sweetness surfaces near the end. Finishes off with a piney hop bitterness.