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. Darkmagus82 (2302) - - MAR 31, 2015
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance Ė The beer pours a deep amber color with a tiny head of white foam. The head fades super fast leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell Ė The aroma of the beer consists of a mix of a sweet and hoppy smells. The strongest of the aromas is that off a caramel smell, which is mixed with some fruity smells of raisin and plum. The hoppy smells are mainly herbal and earthy in nature, with these aromas all mixing with a decently strong boozy oak smell producing a rather moderately hopped and boozy aroma overall.
Taste Ė The taste begins a mix of sweet and hop as was depicted in the nose. Some caramel and a little bit of molasses are the forefront of the sweet and are mixed with a hint of apple and raisin at the start. Along with the sweet, is a little bit of hop, with it mainly of an earthy and herbal nature. The two hop flavors grow stronger and stronger as the taste advances to the end and are joined by a decent boozy taste. The boozy taste begins initially as a more warming vodka flavor, with it taking on more and more oak and sharp booze as the taste gets to the end. With the sweet fading a little bit and slight increase in the maltiness, one is left with a rather boozy, harsh, and somewhat sharply hopped barleywine flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel Ė The body of the beer is quite thin for a barleywine of 9.2% with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. A thicker body and lower carbonation would have certainly been better for the style and made for a more flavorful and less boozy tasting brew overall.
Overall Ė Not really one I enjoyed too much. The hops were OK, but the oaky and harsh booze mixed with a little bit of sweetness at the end really took away from the beer as they just did not meld very well. For those reasons and the rather poor mouthfeel, the brew make for one that I will not frequent too often.
rosenbergh (11532) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 4, 2015
Draught at the Bridgeport Brewery Co, Portland, OR.
Deep amber colour with a tiny white head. Mild sugary sweet and malty aroma. Sugar, malt, alcohol and more alcohol in the flavour. Not my favourite.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - MAR 14, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2003 A barley wine for the masses. Aroma of fruit, faint cinnamon and vanilla, faint yellow cake, touch of bubble gum, grapes, and roasted malt. Semi sweet flavor with a touch of brown sugar. A little over carbed, not sweet enough, and simple...
jgb9348 (6191) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2003
Copper in colour with a medium-sized tan head with large bubbles. Pit fruit smells such as prunes and figs dominate the aroma with caramel and roasted malt aromas in the background. Full-bodied; strong initial taste of pit fruit and malt, then fades to show some hops and coffee/chocolate bitterness. The alcohol is noticeable after you take a sip, and fades away a few minutes later. Not really recommended by me, there are plenty of better barley wines to try no matter what coast you live on. Overall, a decent beer, but not really fitting in the barley wine category...it seems like more of a traditional ale in my opinion. This one most remineded me of Young's Old Nick "barley wine". I had number 11 from the 2003 bottling. I bought this 12 ounce beer at Liqour Mart in Boulder, Colorado. MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2003
Deep ruby. Candy, taffy, fruity, powdery sugars. Not well masked, strong, sweet, peachy/fruity. Sugars last too long. YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2004
Garnet with tan head. Nose has hints of fruit, molasses, toffee. Decent body and mouthfeel. Flavor has some sweetness. Caramel. Puts me in mind of another spirit. Maybe a fortified wine like a port. Not bad. duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2004Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - NOV 4, 2005
Bottle- 2003 Vintage (score=2.3). Mega syruppy sweet barlewine. Boot polish aroma, heaps of fruitcake, raisin and figs, very cloying. 2004 vintage on [email protected]
(score=3.5): Sweet caramel and raisin, sweet, but this tap 2004 version was better balanced than the 2003 from the bottle. Re-rate: Bottle- vintage 1997. Really sweet raisiny as usual, but this has developed a toasted character, which is quite nice, kind of like raisin toast, mellowed a bit it and less sweet than when young 3.7 (my score is a rough average of the 3.
Bottle- 03 vintage- Batch 11- Pours a clear dark amber/crimson color. Small whtie head. Aroma is dark cherry soda, buttermilk biscuits, tofee and a little alcohol and cherry juice tickles the nose. Flavor starts sweet and goes into a very creamy tofee malt thing. Lots of cinnamon and caramel.