richlikebeer (839) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2009
poured cloudy brown, almost the color of a grocery bag, a little fit of fizzy carbonation. flavor was sweet, but you could definitey feel the lean towards the hoppy side of the BW spectrum. the aftertaste was unpleasant, very bitter...i was waiting for the sweetness of the malts to kick in, but they never did. kramer (6905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2009
22 oz bottle, via 5000. Pours a clear reddish copper body with a one inch fizzy light beige head that fell to a thin covering. The nose is dominated by heavy caramel malt with a moderate piney and resiny hoppiness. Quite a hoppy beast, this is certainly an American Barley Wine. Moderate piney and resiny hoppiness with a fairly restrained bitterness level. Finishes with a hefty dose of burnt caramel and some lingering resiny hops. Pretty well hidden alcohol for being 9.2% though. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bit of an almost course graininess to it, rather abrupt finish. Pleasant soft fine fizzy carbonation. Overall this was decent, very hoppy for the style, if it would have had a bit more crystal malt in the flavor it would almost qualify as a DIPA. Finished a bottle easy enough, so I can’t complain too much. dalekliz (925) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2009
Bottle, thanks to WeeHeavySD for sharing! Pours a dark brownish-red with an off-white ring. Sharp aroma, of pine hops, grass, wood, and hints of sweeter malt and caramel. Taste is quite sharp and bitter, lots of pine hops, with hints of grass, citrus, and malt. Lingering bitterness. Tasty. WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Bomber from Scrizz, shared with dalekliz at her place. Porus orange with a tan head. Nose is sweet and clearly hopped up. Taste is sweet and hoppy, much more like a DIPA to me than a Barleywine, definetly cuts along that mid line. Ibrew2or3 (8814) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Pours deep murky copper brown with thin tan head. The aroma is raisins, prunes, a bit of pine hops and some molasses. Smells nice. The taste has more hops than the nose hinted at. It seems to start with raisins, prunes and super ripe cherries. Quickly solid pine hops and resin goodness surface and take hold of the flavor. It gets a bit crystal malt like toward the finish. Enjoyable product.
sebletitje (10293) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 1, 2009
courtesy of ibrew2or3.
Pours brown - orange with beige head.
Aroma of caramel malts with floral hops.
Taste, plenty of caramel, barley and malts. Grainy with a light bitter finish.
Thick mouthfeel. markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a caramel brown with a nose of caramel, sugar, maple, vanilla, toffee, honey, and aroma hops. Flavor is same with smooth alcohol presence and distinguished hops. Good stuff. kiefdog (1827) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a hazy amber color with thin white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of citrus, grapefruit, honey, caramel, some floral hops. Flavor is sweet and malty as well with predominant notes of barley, caramel, toffee, citrus and nuts. Generally medium body with a pleasing bitter malt finish. afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a hazy amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of floral and citrus hops with caramel and sweet malt. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol. Good. luttonm (6750) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2012 Re-rate from draft, August 2012 at The Pine Box, Seattle. Rosy orange, bubbly head. Sweet melon, fruity aroma. Watermelon fresh, ice tea. Hot hoppy syrup. Quite interesting and uber tasty. Smart and fun.