MiP (15962) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2006
Bottle, 11.26%. Quite malty aroma, some bonbon/caramel. Red amber colour. Very bonbony flavour and aftertaste, caramellized sugar, quite sweet. Nice, but a bit too bitter. bhensonb (15627) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 7, 2006
Early 2006 release. Sweet hoppy aroma. Bright orangey color, with bubbles but little head. Starts sweet, continues sweet, then some malty character comes along, and suddenly the hop that was always there actually arrives. Might need some maturity. Too late for this one. Scopey (15522) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2011
2010 vintage on tap at the Meddlesome Moth, Dallas. It pours a cloudy mahogany colour with ruby highlights and a thin beige head. The nose is of oak, pine, dark fruits and caramel. The taste is initially pine, resin, smokey and caramel, leading to orange peel, raisin, date, fig, plum, prune and apricot. The mouth-feel is syrupy and the finish is long and bitter. A pretty tasty barley wine, full of dark sticky fruits. djd07 (15356) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2009
Bottle as shown. Pours a clear orange amber with a medium frothy off white head that leaves behind good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a swee fruit hops with caramel and citrus. Thin mouthfeel with the alcohol strong upfront with a strong pine hop and a bitter finish. A very good barleywine from Stone. Ratman197 (15228) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2008
Bomber 2008 vintage poured a hazy copper with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, citrus and light pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, grapefruit rind, earthiness and light orange with a smooth lingering bitter finish.
gunnfryd (15176) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUL 12, 2013
Tastes more like a DIPA to me!
bottle. Pale amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma is alcohol, malt, caramel, dried fruits. Flavour is sweet, alcohol, malt, caramel, dried fruits. full body. Nice beer. Borup (15166) - Albertslund, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2016
From tap at CBC 2016. Dark brown colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of malt, caramel, fruit, spice, bread. alcohol, hops and grapefruit. Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2007 Bottle (2006) - First newbie tasting club - Lars brought it. Dark red/brown - offwhite head. Bread, berries, high/high hoppy, raisins plums, malty, fantastic - shut up - I Love It !! - Now you must shut up guys - I make no mistakes !!! DSG (15119) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 18, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2010 Re-rate 7/12/10: Bottle sample at a tasting. 2009 vintage. Thanks David Cohen. Hazy dark orange. Aroma of big resinous hops with some pine, flowers and citrus hints. Bitter hoppy flavor with pine, some resin and grapefruit notes with a bit of honey-ish malt in the back. Medium-full body. Very bitter and not too balanced but still tasty. 6/4/7/4/13=3.4
Tmoney99 (14869) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2005
(11/3/08) Draught sample at the brewpub in Escondido. 2007 vintage. Hazy orange color. Aroma full of malt, caramel, honey, sherry, some fruitiness and some alcohol. Sweet malty flavor with some wood, vanilla notes, caramel, honey, sherry notes, some fruitiness and some bitter hoppiness in the finish. Full-bodied. Not my cup of tea. 6/3/6/4/12=3.1
Draft. Dark amber with large rocky light brown head taht lasted most of the brew. Complex aroma with heavy malt , grain and alcohol tone. Body medium creamy with a light alcohol finish. Good flavor and great sipping brew.