VAYankee (353) - Virginia, USA - FEB 27, 2004
Has an orange/copper body with a cream colored head. Aroma is strong, sweet, hoppy(pine), and mildly yeasty. The flavor is overflowing with piney hops that dominates a mild sweet malt and mild yeastiness. Has a strong warming sensation as it goes down. Finishes dry and moderately bitter(from both the alcohol and the hops). In general this is barley wine is over-hopped, but still of excellent quality. atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2005 04’ Sampled in unison with the ’03 vintage. This one is a very clean looking light gold color with an army of slowly rising bubbles that feed the head for quite a long time. Aroma leans toward a hoppy smell. The first taste is dominated by a piney hop flavor with a saltiness that lingers. It is not as full as it’s ’03 companion but hides the hint of alcohol better than the ’03, even though it is slightly higher in volume. It’s not as good as ’03, but is still a great beer.
’04 again (March 2005)- Very distinct grapfruit bitterness was the one thing that stood out in my mind this time, and there was also a somewhat salty character. In addition, when the alcohol kicked in and started to mix with the hops, I got a taste similar to gin... there seemed to be juniper character.
2005 Quick thoughts on my first sample of the ’05. Standard look and a fairly strong hop aroma. Full of malt but lots of bitterness dominates at this point. No score change. EdPaulsen (117) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2004
suprisingly minimal nose for the amount of hops tasted in the first sip. after half a glass, the intensity had me dizzy. still to me, more palatable than the bigfoot, which i think is overhopped. worth having, if you don't pay through the nose, and sharing is a must. Padron4KM (811) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAR 12, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2006 2004 bomber.jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2004
pour was a burnt orange, with a thick orange/white head. Heavy lacing left on the glass.
Initial aromas were predominantly floral, hoppy, with a little maltiness in the background.
as it sat in the glass, the hops toned down a bit to reveal some sweet candied fruit. That weird stuff you put in fruit cake :P.
flavor was much sweeter than I anticipated, almost velvety mouthfeel with a nice lingering, mildly bitter finish.
I plan on buying a few and setting them down for a while
Re-Rate 12/04 After sitting in the chiller for 9 months (yeh I wanted to let it sit till the next release but I couldn’t wait :) )
Aroma took on a little carmely notes and the candied fruit toned down a bunch.
flavor was much more balanced. creamy, velvety sweet, bitter all still there but more of a rounded flavor now.
Imagine this.... A malted milk chocolate ball like a whopper (my favorite candy), with a blast of ruby red grapefruit and a dash of raw sugar in the center
2005 edition. 2/26/05.
Hops are more dominant than in years past. Alcohol shows up more too.
Needs more time.
’06 release sampled nov 06.
big toffee nose, sweet orangy flavor, with some malt.
Lost a lot of points on complexity. not as good as past versions IMO. Also didn’t hold up as well as previous releases
Clear amber color with very little head. Sweet aroma of malt, caramel and alcohol. Initial big hop presence, followed by a sweet malt, caramel flavor. Alcohol is very noticeable. Very good now, should be excellent in a couple of years.
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Amber/otrange color, with a faoirly large head. Aromas are sweet malt, fruit, and bread dough. Taste is sweet and fruity at first, then turns sharp and bitter. Aging a while should help this one. Thanks to Sick_boy282 for including this as an extra in our last trade. JPDIPSO (6286) - Wauwatosa, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Lightly hazed amber color with a smaller dense beige head. Sweet grapefruit and pale malts dance above the glass and urge my to stick my proboscis a bit farther in the glass. Light sweet malt and rather biting hops with a grapefruit acidity. Nice warming finish. Better than the earlier vintage I have had - at least IMO. rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Slightly hazy orange. Orangish ead. Dusty citrus nose - malt, chocolate toffee, alcohol. Even at a year old the alcohol is a bit overbearing. Behind that lays topffee, citrus, tobacco, fruit. Long lasting bitter orange rind finish. Probably shouls have sat for a year longer.. but waiting sucks. kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2005
2005 22 oz bomber: No head w/a lightly hazy medium amber body. Thin lacing of white around the top of the beer, and wells up light beige when swirled, but it doesn’t last. Piney & citrusy(lemon) hop aromas. Also seems a little woody w/ hints of alcohol; Light bready malts w/ hints of caramel and fruity citrusy hops. Very well balanced w/ toasty malt flavor, caramel, and piney flavored hops. Sweet up front, but the finish is lightly bitter and aftertaste that is citrusy, resiny, hop. A little alcohol sweetness, but overall not noticeable. Full bodied, well hidden, slightly warming alcohol. Low carbonation and overall very smooth & thick. This one seems more well balanced than O.G.’s in the past. Well made and drinkable now, and it seems like it will age very well. aspidites (1271) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Biscuits and caramel nose with some hop oil. Mild citrus with some slight dark fruit and marzipan. Some sherry and brany notes with good vanilla. Mild bitterness with good resin on the palate. Some residual sweetness and mild roasted nuts at the finish with a final bitterness. Would like it to be much bigger.