ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - AUG 22, 2007
pours the color of petrified amber with little to no head. bare aroma of malts, some slight brown sugar. Typical barleywine flavor, though rather thin and undeveloped, followed by a cough syrup alcohol sensation and unpleasant hop bitter burning. Rather underwhelming, unfortunately. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 04/01/2007JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2008
Source: Brewfest, Classic City
clear dark chocolate, scant head, light phonelic aroma, hot caramel malt flavor, strange hop balance, lots of sweetness in the finish, needs a better choice in hops,
Aroma: 4/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
I would like to rerate this beer.
Deep ruddy amber beer. Slightly sweet rich toasted malt aroma. Chewy sweet, caramel and toast with a soft toffeeish character as well. Fairly dirty and rancid backnotes behind the otherwise solid malts. Well-named, really. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 6, 2008
bomber 07 Vintage. Shared with Cyn after grading for me and coding for her. A reward of sorts. Pours copper orange with a tan head that faded to a ring. The nose is sweet and relatively light. Taste is sweet, but bitter way way too bitter for me. taste is hot and not so nice, it ain’t a 52 percentile for nothing, this barleywine is severly flawed. Oh well... Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2010
reddish amber, opaque body. quickly diminishing off-white head with spotty lacing. rather bitter hop bit and strong alcohol presence. unappealing malt body. meh.
Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2010
More bitter than expected, this did have some malt body to it and was more orange colored that your typical barley wine color. Not too exciting, but better than expected from an obscure brand from Whole Foods. Shared with Smith4498 DYCSoccer17 (3703) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 20, 2007
4 ounce sample on tap at Sacramento Brewing’s 2007 Barleywine Festival. Grainy, cereal-like aroma with some citrus PNW hoppiness. Really grainy, though. Transparent copper color with an off white head. Way too light for this to be a barleywine. Flavor is dusty, musty, dirty, with lots of grains and cereal. Becomes dry and very grapefruity hopped and bitter to finish. With the name of this beer combined with the crazy hoppiness and the light color, I can only guess that this is a fucked up batch of an IIPA that they just sent for this festival. Perhaps it was a shitty test batch for the beer that was supposed to be their Organic Revolution? Either way, this is a piss-poor offering. ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Bomber. Umm, well, this was really disappointing on many fronts. It seemed to pour and look decent, but on first sip, geez louise, I thought it was alcohol with a little malt/hop flavor mixed in. I love beer, all kinds of beer, I’m always searching for something new and inspired to taste. I’m sorry friends, I’m pouring out this bomber, I can’t drink it. There are too many tasty other offerings to enjoy and I can’t muster the will power to pound through this whole 22oz. aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - NOV 23, 2007
This beer completely lives up to its name. Phenolic nose with notes of rotten fruit and artificial sweetener. Sweet and oxidized palate with some burnt toffee and spruce tips. Sickening sweet high alcohol finish. marcus (10346) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 20, 2007
Sampled at Sacramento Brewing Barleywine Festival. This copper-colored ale pouerd with a miniscule off-white head. The initial taste is funky and thin, with a very bitter finish. This brew doesn’t taste like a barleywine (way too many hops) and wasn’t really worth drinking. "Train Wreck" is an appropriate name.