tschof (209) - - DEC 23, 2013
Outstanding. First glass is good...second one is over the top good. Malty carmel finish with a hoppy front. Alcohol is well hidden unlike other barleys I’ve had. Troeg’s never disappoints. Combo somewhere between nugget necter and troegenator Beerapprentice (208) - Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2010
Pours a deep, dark amber color with a beige head. Wow, this aroma is heaven in a bottle. It’s killer!!! The aroma is of toffee, citrus, pine, caramel, and lovely simcoe hops. Perhaps there’s also suggestions of mango, molasses, brandy, and creme brulee’s crunchy top. Palate is full and rich. This was amazing!!! Thanks adrian910ss. kimjongill (207) - - DEC 23, 2012
From tap. Light malty aroma. Dark appearance with thin white head. Good malt and hop balance. Floral hop and caramel malt taste. Light bitter finish. Pretty good beer for the price on draft. mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2010
There’s so much going on with this beer, it’s going to be tough to nail down. Pours hazy rusty brown with nice thick head. Aroma of woodsy hop, roast, sweet malt....dried fruit...and something more savory, like salami. Slightly sweet to start, then a wallop of woodsy, resiny and slightly herby hops. All with an undertone of light roast and a little candy sweetness. Little bit of peppery alcohol on the finish. Very nice, really interesting. Definitely a winner. surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Original Scratch 4-2007, 12 oz. bottle. Pours cloudy amber brown with a lot of small floaters and a decent tan head that subsides to a ring that leaves some spotty lace. Aroma is oaky and woody with dark fruits and citrus hops. Flavor is hop dominated with still lots of citrus character. The woody, bourbony vibe comes through as well, along with some sweet fruity malts in the background, somewhat overshadowed by the other, more prominent flavors. Medium-full bodied and smooth with a bitter hoppy finish. Some alcohol presence in both the nose and palate. Good and unique hop-forward barleywine. Surprised the hops held up so well after 2+ years of aging and that the alcohol is still noticeable.
ManvsCity (183) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2009 Bomber from Chuck’s in Bowling Green. Half inch quickly dissipating head, off white, with a hint of greenish brown, solid lacing as it fades. Body is a dark brown, growing cloudy at bottom of the bottle. Dark cocoa, almost bitter chocolate dances through the floral hops and rich maltiness. At first, it feels lighter than most barleywine, but the alcohol heat catches up with you quickly. Really a unique beer. Wish I could have cellared a couple of bottles to compare next year. Not quite as mellow as it warms. thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2011
This is what you call a bouquet. There’s syrup and molasses and citrus and honey and just a whole mish mosh of all sorts of fruits and sugars. The flavor is just as colorful with a strong initial punch of sweet followed by a bitter bite. The palate is wonderfully smooth. You think it will finish harshly, but it doesn’t. Looks great too!