brewandbbq (269) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 4, 2007
9.8% one-off, brewed and available only in NH.
Pours dark copper, with a half-inch off-white head.
Clearish body and average retention. A varied amount of streak and dots of lacework continue throughout the glass.
Aromatics are laced with tropical fruit, fresh malt, and warming alcohol. A hint of vanilla-nougat steps forward as it warms. Floral and estery in nature, but not pungent.
On the sticky side of medium for mouthfeel, and carbonation is spot-on. Slightly creamy. No syrupy character.
The pallet is where the brilliance is in this beer. It starts off with plenty of hops in the flavoring, with enough bittering to keep the beer in barleywine range. Fresh malt comes through, with some faint doughy notes, but it’s strictly playing a supporting role. Again, the malt is just enough to put the beer in barleywine territory.
With each sip the fruity essence of the hops come through more and more. Peaches, melons, and tangerines. Definately plenty of that Amarillo/ Simcoe character.
The beer finishes fairly dry and clean, with some lingering boozyness and more fresh fruits.
Damn, this beer has grown on me. The restrained malt character, fullish attenuation, and hopping character of the beer puts it well within IIPA territory.
Extremely drinkable and alcohol is decieving.
Some additional hops in the nose, and a kick up on the ABV would put this beer closer to a 5.
Definately one to drink fresh, if you’re looking for a hop fix.
Too bad it’s $12.99 a four-pack, probably the best Redhook I’ve ever had.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2009
tasting sample on 11/5/09... pours a golden color with a small white head... sweet citrus hop driven aroma... medium body with caramel laced hops... nice balance of hops and malts... has a thick presence over the tongue... overall a really nice barley wine from a bigger brewery. kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2009
Bomber from Leukens LIquors (Dunedin, FL). Pours a mahogany red with massive two finger tan, frothy head that settles slowly. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of caramel, toffee, floral hops, hints of chocolate, molasses, brown sugar. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, raisins, figs, some hints of floral hops toward finish. Smooth, medium body with a pleasing malt finish. beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAR 7, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Pours a mostly clear amber with a thin-moderate off-white head that lasted through the first half of the glass and left partial lace. Very pleasant aroma of caramel and orange. The flavor is equally enjoyable with ample caramel and vanilla with just a bit of orange. Fairly silky finish. Mild bitterness with only slight alcohol warmth at the finish. Overall, very good. Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Aroma of maple, pine trees, and sap. flavor sticky treacle, maple, and thick caramel malt. Appearance is brown sap color with white lacing left like wood grain on the surface. Palate is sticky with a strong hop body. I really liked this. Bottle from a tasting at Barrios’s house.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Year-old bottle: Pours a clear orange with a small off-white head, huge aroma with brown sugar and citrus, heavy body, starts lightly sweet and ends bitter. I drank a bottle when it first came out, but it wasn’t anywhere as good as an aged bottle. Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Pours a golden red. Has a good sweet malty flavor with a descent amount of hop bitterness mixed in. mixmasterob (1058) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2011
September 2009 bottle. Muddy brown pour with a nice big fluffy white head. Aroma was sweet caramel malts, lots of piney hops, lemon peel and a some heat. Flavors were semi-sweet malts, great hop presence throughout. The finish consisted of light yet lingering bitterness, dry. Absolutely smooth as can be, super drinkable. A fantastic Barley Wine from Red Hook. sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 23, 2011
The Dan Journal #458. Tasted 3/28/11. Purchased Fall 2009. 22oz bomber. Hazy with a brakkish brown hue with a subtle red highlight. Moldy ring of bone white head. Aromas of raisins and candy fruit. Sugary with a grape candy note. Mildly spicy with nuances of red berries. Full bodied with a bright bitterness and effervescence. A nicely diverse palate that hits on the bitter, dry and sugary sweet. A solid and noticeable alcohol note, but as it’s such a big beer, it blends well with the rest of the palate. Piney hops and dark dried fruits with a kiss of grapefruit astringency and other assorted citrus fruits. Nice with a big palate and quite ageworthy! natejgood (524) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - APR 5, 2012
Pours a hazy medium amber with a light head. Aroma of malt and hops. Full bodied ale, hoppy, malty with a hint of sweetness. Fairly easy to drink. Good beer.