fiulijn (20427) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2014 TBone (17442) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2012
2014-01-06, bottle from QFC - Seattle (Ballard), vintage 2011, 2 years old, 7-4-7-3-14=35
Cloudy amber color with small head. The aroma is a bit nutty, and there is some fudge. Full bodied, round, sweet without excess; the malt has a nutty accent; correct bitterness. A bit British, but also somehow shallow for a Barley Wine.
2011-07-08, bottle from Magnum Cigar, Phoenix; vintage 2008, 3 years old, 7-4-7-2-13=33
Beautiful red-amber color; medium sized creamy head. Mild aroma of caramel, nuts, light malt. The body is medium structured, less than expected for a Barley Wine; there is a strong nutty caramel flavor, not much malt, not much sweetness; strong bitterness, even a bit too much in the end.
Unbalanced and off target.
Bottled 660ml (vPBF, vintage 2011)mcberko (17345) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2010
Deep amber color, small white head. Madeira wine, barley in the nose. Medium-bodied. Some caramel, very harsh, aggressive hoppyness, some alcohol, short finish.
22 oz. bottle, pours hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of dark dried fruits, caramel, and a decent hop bite. Flavour of tropical fruits, caramel/toffee, and hops. Sticky palate with a bitter hop finish. Oakes (17274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2003
1999 sampled end of 2002. Bright red; richly malty, syrupy aroma...peach, toffee. Still a very syrupy body, with warming malt, peach, pear...alcohol underneath it all. It’s not that I don’t like my barley wines malty (Old Woolly!) but this is a bit much, especially for its age. It should have developed some style by now - it takes more than big flavours to get over with me. jtclockwork (16470) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Bottle at PilsnerPeter’s RBSG 2010. Pours dark brown. Nose is floral and citrus. Taste is citrus and a very pleasurable hoppy bitterness.
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2010
Bottle at Ølbaren - Thanks ???Cloudy amber/red - offwhite head. Sweetness, soapy, caramel, fruity, coconut notes, raisins, candy, bitterness, sharpness, barley, citric. OK. bhensonb (15098) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 3, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2014 2nd rating on 08 bomber. 01/22/2014. Pours very hazy orange/amber with a beige smear. Aroma of light stone fruits - but a mix of over and under ripe. Nice, but strange. Med body. Flavor is malty, but the hop seems fairly oxidized. Fruity, but strange. I’d say this shouldn’t age more than 3 or 4 years - unless you like oxidation. It probably is really oxidation, but seems like it, and I don’t know what else to call it.
06 bomber. Warm aroma of ripe fruits. Translucent ruby amber color with a persistent beige head. Starts with fruit and hop. There is some sweetness, but the hop clearly dominates. Maybe some raisin hints. A bit rough, but great to drink. Initial Rating Date: 4/3/2007 Ratman197 (14698) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2005
2003 vintage Clear orange with a light apricot head. Aromas of stewed fruit and some sourness. Good rich and creamy mouthfeel. Sour fruity flavor up front, with a bitter dry finish, and some alcohol warming. A good barleywine, but not a great barleywine. Tmoney99 (14381) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Bottle 2009 shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear copper color with a moderate frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, earth and small malt aroma. Medium to full body with a dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a complex standout beer.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 14, 2002
(reserve 99) Cloudy orange with small light tan head. Floaties at bottom of pour. Big hoppy aroma -- citrus mostly. Plenty of malts there too, some sweetness. The flavor is sweet and rich. Sweet rich flavor --tastes like they kept adding the malts well past the point of sanity. Also some kick ass hoppiness. The aftertaste is involuntary shudder alcohol bitter burn. Definitely a sippy, not a session, beer.