riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Reddish copper pour with lots of sticky lace and a great foamy head. The aroma is toasty, dark fruity, floral, earthy and a touch citrusy. Flavors are extremely similar with soft sweetness, fruit, and hops. Very thin body. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2008
Bomber that’s been in my cellar for a while. Poured deep garnety-copper with a larger-bubbled ring of tan head.. not the best presentation, but I liked the color. The aroma picked up rich, aged caramelization with darker fruits and toffee.. accents of peppery alcohol and light cardboard.. almost a vinous character at the back, which may be an interesting and welcome byproduct of age. The flavor opened with brighter dried pine needles and peppery notes with aged caramel and pale malts behind.. finished with an abrasive bitterness of unknown origin and some metallic notes. Medium-bodied and increasingly sharp and sour as it progressed.. the overt alcohol notes were held in check.. went downhill from the initial impression. Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 30, 2008
22 ounce bottle cellared from Belmont Station 2006--Poured deep amber-chestnut body with a small wispy off-white head. Nose of sticky malts (caramel) and grapefruit and pine hops. Great carbonic mouthfeel that bolstered flavor of rich complexities. Very nice hops presence. A wonderful barley wine! hopscotch (11078) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2008
Bottle… Thinkin’ ‘Bout Thirteen Hours O’ Drinkin’ (tew man wrecking crew)… Murky, caramel-colored ale with a small, swirling, white head. Caramel and grapefruit are the main attractions in the aroma. Medium to full-bodied with fizzy carbonation. Well-balanced. Moderately acidic. Pungent, then dry finish. Thanks to mgumby10 for sharing the bottle! mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Pours a murky, yeaaty, caramel brown, with a tiny, swirly off white head. Smells of some sweet caramel malt, light bready yeast, and some sweet dark fruits as well. The flavor is pretty hoppy for a barley wine, which stood out alot. Definite big malt presence wa there for balance, wit hthe finish being abound with hop bitterness. Maybe even a touch too bitter in the finish, could have toned it down some. Maybe less hops. Still decent.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JUN 13, 2008
Pours ruddy brown with a TON of sediment. So much so that between that, and the rancid flavor, there had to be something wrong here. I could barely drink one sip of this before pouring it out. I hope to come accross this again and try to see if the first one was bad. Until I do, my rating will have to stand. jrob21 (3684) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2008
This one from Old MrCrow. Caramle aroma with big sweetness. Slight metallic bitter hops. Big of an unpleasant alcoholic bite on the finish. Reminds me more of a double IPA than a barley wine. Pours cloudy brown with a decent tan head. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2008
22oz bottle. 2008 vintage. pours ruby with thin soapy off white head. aroma is a bit metallic, citrusy hops, caramel malts, also a bit soapy and thin aroma. flavors are citrus and leathery hop notes with caramel malts, the medium tends to feel prickly, and the finish is rather metallic-tiny. perhaps age could help this beer cuz it certainly couldn’t hurt it. robforbes (2241) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - APR 10, 2008
purchased at 99 bottles in federal way, washington.
pours a clear copper with a thin egg-shell head.
smell of caramel, fruit, spice.
taste is watery, spice, pepper, touch of caramel, some fruit, slight bitter ending. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - APR 8, 2008
22. Pours murky, grainy dark brown with thin grayish rim. Big sweet malt nose--brown bread, orange peel, caramel, brown sugar. Medium, cream body that does get a bit watery here and there but still maintains nice dimensionality. The bread and oranges are back for the mid-palate, along with the sugar and caramel, joined by roast and toasted nuts. This has a lot of complexity and would age well--maybe exceptionally well. Surprised how much this one has to offer after just 6 months on the floor.