JoeMcPhee (10137) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2009 22 oz bomber. Deep brown, fairly cloudy beer with a very thick sticky off-white head. Aroma is sweet and rich. Herbal and a little bit of orange marmalade and stone fruit as well. It’s also got a strange sweetness with a touch of caramel and fruit. It’s quite bitter and a little bit strange. Just like the last time, the aroma is much nicer than the flavour. Quite bitter and chewy with a sticky finish. It’s better than I recall, but still not all that good.
22 oz bomber. Deep brown beer topped by a thick white head. Aroma is quite nice, sweet with a dark nutty maltiness. There is a prominent, but indistinct hoppiness. Lightly herbal but it really tastes like bittering hops that were used for flavour additions. Nice sweet tasting malts but they lack complexity as well. Sort of a dank chewy hop flavour over sweet toasted malts. Noble-type hoppiness. This might age well, but right now, it’s kind of indistinct, bland and messy.
6 3 6 2 11 BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2008
22oz bottle: Bottle conditioned. Pours to a slightly hazy dark amber colored body with a large tan head. The aroma is sweet, cloying caramel, sugar, light citrus & grapefruit hops, mild pine, hints of darker malts. Taste is bitter citrus/grapefruit hops up front, sweet caramel and malts, with a bit of an alcohol burn towards the middle, hitting some lemon, yeast, bread, and retronasal hops in the finish. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. A decent barleywine that will age well...would like to see this with a bit more chewy malt background. mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Courtesy Growler. Pours a semi-clear dark copper color, with a small light tan head. Smells of big bready yeast, dark sweet caramel, and dark fruit. Standard aroma. The flavor was also pretty yeasty, with some hop bitterness, bread, and malt all together. tastes like your typical barley wine, nothing new and exciting here. Drinkable, but unintersting. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2008
A rather unpolished beefy ale with more hop exageration than finesse.
TaktikMTL (8014) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2008
Pretty appearance, generous head for a ‘monster’ beer. Obvious alcohol presence does not really disturb. It fits the rest.
Rough edges, rather harsh hops of the astringent type and fairly acidic for a barley wine. Quite thick, but not very deep in maltiness.
Bouteille de 22 oz, partagée avec des amis, chez American Flatbread (Burlington, VT). Arôme: Odeur de malt avec une pointe d’agrumes et de pins. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée légèrement voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’houblon avec une pointe de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût houblonné. (Rating #1851)
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUL 27, 2008
dark brown hazy pour. little to no head. delicious, hoppy, biscuity aroma. Smells like an IPA. Mouhtfeel is good, bready, hoppy tasted. If i hadnt read the description i wouldve pegged this as an IPA, delicious, but wierd for the style. craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2008
pours a murky brown with an ok head. aroma is hoppy and citrusy with notes of biscut, pine, and alcohol. Flavor is extremely hoppy with heavy pine and woody accents- very interesting that this isn’t some sort of IPA, at least judging by the taste. solid palate, bitter finish. nice beer. BeerandBlues2 (14027) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 26, 2008
Bottle received via trade with 46er3498. Pours tawny with an average, rocky, off-white head, somewhat lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie), heavy hops (perfume, resin), average yeast (dough) with notes of alcohol and date. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, lively carbonation, and a bitter finish. Long duration, moderate sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness. Gets more harsh as the temperature rises; smells like fresh baked bread at first smell. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 16, 2008
Bomber, well I didn’t know this was a Barleywine, oh well. I think this came as a bonus from the Eepiest. Pours dark orangish brown 1 finger tan head. Big slightly boozy nose. Taste is sweet with dark fruits and a strange aftertaste that really doesn’t do it for me. Kinda strange but ok. Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2008
Courtesy of gillard (I’ve been pining to try this since Ryan first told me about it a few months ago, oh yeah!). Pour slightly hazy amber with thin tan head. The aroma is dark fruity esters with some crystal malty sweetness. I also get some mild hotness too. It tastes nice and rich with a lean toward sessionable. I’m getting some malt chewy sweetness leading the way toward dark fruity esters like plums, cherries and grapes. The pine hop bitterness mixes nicely with the other notes.