andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - JAN 15, 2008
bomber. pours a rich amaretto hue, w little head, bubbly recession. aromas strong of maple syrup, sap, heavy caramel, and sweet juicy dark fruit, but in a candy setting. the taste reveals a weighty caramel syrup flavor, but quickly finishing and disappearing on the palate. also, there’s a raisin component, as well as plummy dates. the finish improves with the warming temperature. Originally served at 55 degrees. the heat is noticed. 10% is sometimes hard to mask. i’m impressed at a unique spin on barleywine ale, but it could be improved in a few areas. i will revisit after it gains some age in the cellar. cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2008
Interesting bottle, looks nice but makes it a little difficult to open. pours fine enough, but the scents and tastes fall a little shorter than I had expected. The labaeling and description of the brew raised my expectations a little, and the beer fell short of them. Not too bad overall, but not exceptionally noteworthy jdjuice (502) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - JAN 13, 2008
2007. Doesn’t taste like a barleywine at all. Flavor is strong, solid hops, with not much else. Hop flavor dominates the beer, which seems to be lacking any qualities that would mark it as a barleywine. Relatively thin, darker fruit flavors are non-existant. Alcohol is hidden well. Final word: a pretty decent IPA/Double IPA, not a barleywine. glennmastrange (2939) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Bottle. A mix of light bread, toasted and caramel smells for the malts, moderate spruce note for the hops, light broth for the yeast, and port, alcohol and carboard in the background. Head is small, wispy, white, with virtually no lacing and is fully diminishing. Color is red/brown. Flavor starts lightly sweet and acidic, then finishes lightly bitter. Palate is medium, creamy and has a lively carbonation.. Not bad flavors, just weaker than I expected. Rainley (3) - USA - JAN 4, 2008 does not count
22 oz. bottle. 2007vintage. pours chestnut with tan head. malt and caramel aroma. medium body. slightly bitter, with a light burnt flavor.
FlagstoneHill (215) - Erie, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2008
22 oz bottle, 2007 vintage, 27 Dec 07merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Rich chestnut /reddish-brown brick color with nice tan head.
Malty, carmelly aromas predominate. Not much hops.
Malty flavor - carmel, cookie. very slight bitterness
Smooth, lt carb, md body
Nice Barleywine, very smooth and malty. Not much bitterness, but there’s enough to provide balance.
Bomber pours a mostly clear chestnut body with a small and fleeting beige head that diminishes to a film and cap. Aroma is malty and bready, mostly caramel, with a hint of pine hops. Medium body with subdued carbonation. Taste is malty caramel and toffee, almost chewy. Red apple notes add complexity. Hop biterness, pine and a hint of grapefruit, adds a nice balance. This 2007 edition is an improvement over earlier bottlings. Papsoe (25054) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2007
(Bottle 65 cl) Courtesy of markgugs. Clear, amber golden with a dense, shaving foam-style like head. Aroma of overripe fruit and sherry. The body is surprisingly only medium with a little caramel and overripe fruit in there. Discreetly bitter. Fairly average Barley Wine. 191207 michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2007
22oz. Bottle: Medium sweet aroma. Smells of caramel, malts, piney hops, rye, and some alcohol. Poured copper/amber in color with a small to medium-sized beige head that lasted throughout. Very good lacing. Clear. Sparkling. Lightly sweet, medium bitter flavor. Tastes of malts, alcohol, chocolate, rye, dough, tar, and spices. Medium body. Thin, watery, but slightly sticky texture. Average carbonation. Malty, slightly sweet, alcohol finish. Emil (6064) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2007
Bottle. A amber beer with a big beige head. The aroma and taste is of caramel malt, rye bread and some sourness. Medium to full body with a light sour finish.