Dmalone102 (223) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Probably should not have drank this on a hot day. What can I say? It’s a Barleywine. Lots of great flavor, beautiful color for the style. Mads Langtved (2240) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2005
Golden, reddish. Moderate head. Raisins and honey notes. Very sweet malty finish. Alcohol is totally absent. Quite special, but not paticulary well balanced. Bockyhorsey (2638) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Sweet barley wine aroma. Amber body with good white head that settled to a thin layer on top of beer. Sweet hop alcohol flavor to this one. Good beer if it is your last one for the night. OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2005
VINTAGE 2004. Couleur orangée sous une dense mousse blanche concassée. Prédominance extrême de houblon sur toute la ligne. Pamplemousses roses, oranges amers et résine de conifère étranglant sauvagement le malt biscuit et caramel. Le houblon est tellement puissant qu’il en vient qu’à suggérer un sirop rose médicinal. Une bonne dose d’alcool se faufile parmi l’amertume prononcée en finale. Visiblement encore trop jeune. J’enferme avec assurance, ce jeune monstre de houblon dans ma cave afin d’y passer une bonne année à s’adoucir et à maturer. uvajed (188) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2005
Nice dark golden color, coppery I guess. Smallish, light tan head disappeared fairly quickly. Light citrus aroma, with hops, alcohol and something I couldn’t pin down. Kind of sweet. Flavor was a bit sweet as well, with noticeable alcohol, hops, and barely. Malt component was there but not overwhelming. Certainly not the best barley wine you’ll find, but fairly available and still very good. Not my favorite style but I was disappointed when the local retailers ran out before I could get a second bottle. 2005 vintage, 22 oz bottle.
fordest (2469) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2005
22 oz bottle. 2005 bottle. Poured orangey copper with some head that didn’t last too long. The aroma was caramel and other malts with some tangerine. Flavors were malty with sweetness and hops in there too. The alcohol comes out in the aftertaste. Very tasty. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2005
2005 Bomber: It poured a deep copper color with a modest creamy, cream-colored head. Some tiny bubbles continually crawl upward through the brew at a snail’s pace. The aroma is a very sweet malt with some floral, herbal, and orange hop smells squeezing their way out at random intervals. The ale is thick and chewy with an alcohol bite. The flavor is mainly sweet malt balanced with an earthy hop taste. The latter’s bitterness, along with alcohol, kick in for a long dry finish. Not bad or overbearing for a 11.26% ABV (as opposed to 2004’s 10.06%) barley wine. I’d like to try this when aged a year or two. shadey (2171) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Apple red color with no head. Sweet malty aroma with some alcohol. Actually a little light on the palate. Malt up front but resiny hop finish. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2008 [bottle - 22 oz - 2005 vintage] Dark red/copper pour with a creamy looking tan head. Very potent aroma of malt with some hops and floral notes as well. Flavor is a very well blended mix of malt, hops, barley and some other sweetness with a nice alcohol kick at the end and a creamy finish. 11.26% tastes pretty good. I would love to try some of the older versions. MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2005
vintage 05 from a trade w/ Mike.
the 05 is a 11.26% ABV not the 10.06 like on here. I hear the 04 & 05 are actually quite different.
pours a nice copper color w/ a good white head made up of bigger bubbles laces pretty well. Smells of a big citrus hops first then a nice high malt backbone the palate is nice and creamy w/ some good carbonation and a good mouth feel. Flavor is a big malt & hop blend very well balaned a bit of a woody finish w/ a big warm chase of alcohol after the swallow w/ out being overpowering. Very good stuff.