Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 19, 2001
A decent introduction to the barleywine style, but lacks the complexity and depth of bad boys like Bigfoot and Full Sailís Old Boardhead. JorisPPattyn (9929) - Ursel, BELGIUM - OCT 1, 2003
(draught - 1 yr. lagering) Deep red beer; brownish, slight head. Very fresh nose, but subdued. Slight impression of piney hops. Taste is bitter, but with a lot of roasted/dark malts underneath the hops. The lagering seems to have very little done for the beer - there is a winey touch but the bitterness its too oppressive to give it a real chance. Very well bodied, oily, slick feeling. Still, to watery-thinnish texture for an aged Barley Wine. I would expect more. willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2004
Strong, pungent aromas and flavors of alcohol and overripe fruits, like sweet and sour caramel and fig. Nice rich color matches the syrup-like texture. I agree with the others that this might mellow over time, but I didn't love it enough to cache it. Certainly appreciate the high ABV in a cheap-ish beer in cold, cold, MT. bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - JAN 26, 2004
bottled into a pint glass: dark rich color, large bubbles not a alot of carbonation. sweet smell alcohol and hops. very strong ....9.1%abv and you can tell their not trying to hide it from ya. a good barley wine , but i like bigfoot better. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2004
2003 bottle: Dark mohogany color with a thick frothy cream-colored thinly-lacing head. Aroma is mostly dry with an earthy pine English hoppiness and some mild caramel malty sweetness. The nose seems to be confused though as the elements donít quite mesh together for some reason. Body starts with some caramel sweetness on the tip of the tounge, turning slightly acidic toward a dry, yet sticky, bitter finish. Donít taste much alcohol here, but this is really lacking balance and complexity and just seems to be quite bereft in what I expect from a barleywine.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 16, 2005
Clear amber body, some bubbles and a mid sized head. Aroma is slightly malty, sweet and candy like with a light whiskey hint. Flavour was lightly malt, grape, alcohol and some sugars. Enjoyable, but not really a lot going on. SudsMcDuff (8388) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
bottling # 12 .. ... quite upfront but smooth .. . abit thin in the mouth .. .taste is nicebut seems all over the place .. low bitterness .. "iíve been calling her krandell" .. . really seems alcoholic, . what would age do to this pup .. . seems to bypass the throat and pipes and goes right to the stomach! .. . . ískinny, crabby, catch ya laterí ... mcberko (17339) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2011
Sampled on tap at PIB, pours hazy orangey amber with a tiny head. Aroma of light toasted caramel, nuts, subtle dark fruits - subtle aroma. Flavour of nuts, toasted caramel, subtle fruits and a boozy finish. Not so complex for a barley wine. Sort of muted flavours. Decent. ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2013
At only $5 for 22 ounces of barley wine, I had a hard time passing up this bomber. Right before I was about to pay for my selections at the local liquor store I had my hands full, and decided that with my other selections I didnít need something from BridgePort to make my bill higher. I even put it back on the shelf, then saw the price tag again, and picked it back up. Really, $5 for a bomber is a great price.
This barley wine from BridgePort pours a very deep red color, very beautiful, actually, with an off-white/light-brown head. Light carbonation maintains a thin head. It has a sweet, but roasted, dark caramel malt aroma well-balanced with sharp, minty hops. Thereís something English in the aroma, probably a result of the yeast, that gives it the smooth, earthy edge of an Old Ale.
In the mouth itís, well, unlike any other barley wine Iíve ever had. Itís incredibly fruity and candy-like, with pronounced oak and a finish of intensely caramelized, bitter malts. It feels clean, but syrupy, and that syrupiness coupled with its fruitiness almost reminds me of a lambic. A fruity, almost tropical sweetness remains on the lips and leads you into the next drink. Itís a little tart on the tongue, possibly due to the oak, and maybe thanks to the fruitiness. Iíll agree with BridgePort that it is very full of character. Itís just a little too sweet and fruity, and seems more prepubescent than what I expect a barley wine to be.
Worth $5? Yes, but you can also get 48 ounces of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot for just under $10. Guess which brewery will get my money next time. Imaena (2315) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - JUN 21, 2013
Bottle. The nose is all hops. It pours a deep maple syrup brown. The taste is intense hops and sweet malt. Medium body with lively carbonation. Decent BW but nothing crazy.