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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.55/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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Generous amounts of NW pale, caramel and chocolate malts were blended with English Goldings kettle hops and Willamette Valley Cascade and Chinook Hopjack hops. It was brewed in small batches, fermented, and then aged on American white oak. The oak aging imparted caramel and vanilla flavors to complement the bold and smooth malt flavors and unique hop character of this true NW ale.


2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Travlr (13304) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 14, 2013
Bottle. Clear amber brown color, tan edge head. Aroma of Listerine. Taste is similar.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2014
Bomber from Green’s - Buford, Bottling #13. Pours a hazy dark amber color with a thin tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of toffee, caramel, vanilla, spicy hops, mild candied fruits. The taste is citrus hops, toffee, vanilla, oak, nougat, a bit of chocolate. Medium bodied, prickly booze, moderate carbonation, good balance. Nice beer.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - APR 16, 2013
651mL thanks to my tasting group. Pours a clear, deep red. Weak foam. Nose is sweet tea, squash, sweet grenadine. Taste is sticky syrup, tomato, dusty, nutty, bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (6324) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Bomber. Pours a nice bright reddish mahogany color with a medium creamy beige head. The aroma is sweet citrus, oak. A nice robust flavor: tannins, oak, fresh oranges and mellow marmalade hops, sweet sugary dense middle, again more fresh ’green’ oak flavors. Quite fresh and big tasting. This isn’t a Uinta BW, but it is quite good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Deep ruby hued copper, moderate frothy beige head, spotty lacing.   Initial nose reminds me of the old Mirror Mirror, cheesy.   Otherwise I get oak, bright/alcohol caramel/toffee, very pale hops.   Similar tongue, an unrefined caramel/toffee, hop background that seems astringent (perhaps thats the malts), with a soft alcohol background.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Rough finish, alcohol, astringent hops and caramel, not as clean as it started.   There is an oak presense for sure, but it doesn’t lend any credibility to the normal Knucklehead.   I prefer the original.   Damnit Bridgeport!


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Pretty tradiitonal red ruddy barleywine. A little on the simple side with an aroma of malt, alcohol and sugar, but it tasted tamer than it smelled. A nice brew if you are a barleywine fan, but nothing that stands out."

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (5196) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 23, 2013
22oz bottle pours a clear caramel amber with some frothy, white head. Nose is musty, wood shavings, caramel, malt, crackers. Flavor is sweet, mostly malt, caramel, cracker, orange, light bourbon, a little marshmellow. Full, slightly boozy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Tap @ Holiday Ale Fest 2012... Poured deep amber with a beige head. Dark malts and noticeable hops on the nose. Some bitterness with leafy, herbal, earthy hops and a thick malt sweetness. A little drying towards the finish. Not much of an oak presence in this oak aged version. Still, a nice barleywine.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwood04 (4167) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 27, 2014
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours deep, hazy brown with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of caramel and toffee and pale malts, light chocolate, alcohol, floral and bitterhops, and some light oak/vanilla. Flavor the same with not the best blend. Average texture. Not the best barley wine.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3830) - - FEB 11, 2013
22oz bottle. No 13. clear orange with a small white head. malty toffee with vanilla and oak. sweet aroma. flavor has vanilla up front with oak. nice and sweet with loads of malts and only enough hops for backing. not the huge west coast BW i was expecting. really enjoying the vanilla oak character in this one. medium body.


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