jgb9348 (5008) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice deep copper coloured body with a light brown glow, some hints of deep amber and a tint of ruby, all with a perfect, three centimetre tall tan head - this one is very nice looking. Aroma of alcohol, oak, rye, tobacco, bright hops and plenty of sugars. Full-bodied; Deep, super pungent alcohol and rye flavours with a lot of caramel, banana, clove, yeast and pit fruit flavours - very cloying on the finish and almost a meal in itself. Aftertaste shows a nice hoppy flavour with a lot of rye, somehow even more alcohol and a deep, syrupy, resinous, oaky and very dry rye and vanilla finish. Overall, a very pungent and super strong beer with some nice complexities and a solid balance between sweet, malt, oak and alcohol. I wish this was just in a small format bottle - the density and gravity of this beer is just too much to handle in 65 cL! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Belmont Station in Portland, Oregon on 12-April-2013 for US$12.47 sampled at home in Washington on 01-September-2013.
skoisirius (1823) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I bought a bomber of this in PDX before I went traveling last year, so it had been sitting for about...8 or so months. Popped it, poured out copper golden brown, with an orange hue. Rye on the nose, small elements of booze, and hints of vanilla’d hops. Fluffy white head. Flavors I thought mellowed and blended quite nicely. The rye is still very present, yet not overpowering, and the whiskey elements fit over the brew quite well. Nice and bittered hopped towards the finish, with a warming sense in the belly. Good stuff. Maybe let your bottle sit for 6 months first though...
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Deep amber, thick, moderate to large frothy off-white head, nice lacing.   Sweet pale bready nose, strong melon and pale biscuity notes.   Strong breadiness up front, noticeable alcohol.   Has a heavy
fruitiness to it as well.   If the Rye is there its real sweet.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Big pale bready finish, fruity, slight alcohol.   Not sure on the Rye aspect as this one seems too big that it
overshadows any rye.   While not alcoholic, its very warming.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Bready finish, soft melon like fruitiness, slight alcohol.   Not all that easy to finish as its a little cloying.
Its like a big American Tripel that isn’t as sweet as others.   Meh... decent in small doses.   Took me a while to finish the bomber.
brokensail (12479) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky amber pour with an off-white head. Pretty hoppy aroma. Very floral and a decent amount of citrus and vanilla. Tons of rye, oak, dark fruit, and malt sweetness. Flavor is a touch boozy, but not bad. Oak, rye, and dark fruit. Citrus zest, caramel, vanilla, and a bit of booze and bitterness on the finish.
boFNjackson (4187) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Poured dark ruby/amber with an easy forming beige-ish head. I heard this was quite hot when it was initially released so I sat on it for six months. Tasting great now. Good wood and barrel notes with a lot of the rye spice still shining. Earthy, and bready, dark fruit esters, with some vanilla and cookie dough notes. Whiskey notes but balanced and not too boozy.
CampesinoTino (798) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Red Wax Dipped Bomber. Appearance is a cloudy ruby copper color with a thin cap of beige foam. Aroma is a mix of yeast, citrus and whiskey. The taste starts with a moderate dose of lemon, grapefruit and rye whiskey followed by notes of dark fruits and caramel. Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy with soft carbonation and a tart, alcohol-warming finish. Overall, a rich rye Barley Wine style brew.
Gription79 (2434) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber. Toffee,spicy, caramel. There is noticeable alcohol heat. I did not find this to be that good.
drowland (6658) - Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2/22/13. Rare waxed dipped walez, bro! at RBWG thanks to Matt! Ruddy amber pour with a decent khaki head. Rich aroma with rye spice, plenty of whiskey and barrel character, and some sweet malts, caramel, and breadiness. Rich malty flavor as well, again with a big rye and rye whiskey punch, with a wisp of smoke and alcohol. Not bad.
Leighton (13519) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at RBWG, thanks to Matt. Pours clear amber with a light cream cap. Boozy nose, some semi-dark malts. Big sweet flavor, quite boozy, some caramel, bread. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish with harsh alcohol, rubbing alcohol. Heavy, boozy.
Beerman6686 (5156) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
This poured a murky light brown color with a small beige head. Aroma was lots of rye, toffee, burnt sugar and not much else. Flavor was very sweet and cloying, somewhat metalic, astringent rye and lots and lots of alcohol heat. Not good.