ericnixon (746) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 16, 2005
Limited winter 2005 release! Perfect mahogany color with almost no head. Sharp fruity/alcohol aroma. Smoothness. The aroma pervades into the taste, but not nearly as sharp as the smell. The taste is like raisins or other darker fruits with an alcoholic edge (but in a smooth way). I think it would taste better if aged for a year or two. LinusStick (3497) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2007
I hate this style but this was a very good representation. Aroma of strong malt, Vick’s Vapo-Rub and alcohol. Pour was a murky light brown with no head. Taste was very thick and hot. Mostly strong caramel malt with a little hops aftertaste. Good as far as this style goes but way too big and way too much. AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2008
2006 vintage. Pours a light ruby brown in color. Smell is hops, alcohol and some malt. The hops are still shining through in the taste even after more than a year in the cellar. Nice huge mouthfeel. This one will definitely hurt you at over 11%. A decent warmer on a cold winters night. asedzie (831) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Bottle. Pours copper with dense moderate beige head, lacing. Aroma is sticky toffee malt, mild fruity hops - pineapple, passion fruit, strawberry - grain spirits. Flavor is grainy sweetness, mild fruitiness, vanilla, heavy alcohol burn, resiny hops. Prickly alcohol and light lingering bitterness in the finish. Palate is thick, mildly oily, with lots of alcohol notes. Powerful stuff, alcohol flavor is prominent. Mike4686 (120) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Pours a dark brown, much like an IPA, small bubbles, cloudy, nice hop flavor, warming aftertaste, tastes like an IPA but not as strong, the alcohol is well hidden.
Phil (181) - Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2008
Bottle as gift, 2008 vtg. Yup a big bottle barley wine. Quite sweet. and malty. surprising low hopped for a US Barley wine. Good beer, but kinda hoped for more. MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2008
strong hop and malt aroma. reddish brown color with medium off white head. Flavor is more well balanced than some of stones other BW offerings. Overall, a solid BW which retains some of the stone roughness/harshness. BuckeyeSammy (617) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2008 Rust, filtered color, white head. Minimal lacing. A little syrupy, very sweet flavor. Lightly hoppy finish. Overall a decent barleywine at best. A little too sweet. bierkoning (13598) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - FEB 18, 2008
Bottle shared @ jbrus’s place. Aroma has mango, pineapple, red berries and citrus. Malty flavor with loads of earthy hops. Hints of pineapple and mango. A considerable dry out effect. The balance is lacking a bit. Ratman197 (15208) - 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.
Tastes more like a DIPA to me!