SHIG (3883) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 9, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a murky brown with beige head. Aroma is alcohol nose burning, with vanilla, fruits, and bourbon. Taste is strong plum, caramel malts, vanilla, and bourbon.
Sarlacc83 (1227) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Belmont Station.
A: Murky dark brown, bubbly cappuccino head that is not in the slightest bit inviting, lacing.
N: Toffee, caramel, vanilla, toast, walnuts, biscuit, oak, slightly burnt brown sugar, plum, earth floors, touch of raisin, and some floral elements.
T: Big sweetness and some burnt wood and bitterness.
M: Alcohol is noticeable, medium body that should be bigger, a light tickle of carbonation.
O: A loud barleywine with a prevalent barrel note. Iím enjoying it, but itís not the highlight of my BBA barleywine experience, either. Pretty good for a good price, but Thor didnít send MjŲlnir to Earth, either.
pictoman (737) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from the tap. Murky Amber brown with minimal beige head. Fig and stone fruit, bourbon noticeable, subtle molasses. Full body.
zoucrew102 (801) - - MAR 29, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, 2014 vintage. Sweet dark fruit aroma with notes of caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Pours deep mahogany in color with a thin tan head with very little lacing. Starts with excellent dark fruit flavors with some caramel and nutty esters. Finishes quite smooth with good vanilla and bourbon flavor as well as a little bit oak. Nice bourbon barleywine.
marcus (7323) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Corti Brothers, Sacramento. Pours dark reddish brown with an attractive beige head and a fruit and vanilla aroma. There is a full-bodied dark fruit and molasses flavor with lots of candi sugar and a dry slightly bitter finish. There is a nutty aftertaste with a warm alcohol trail. This beer seems to be grossly underrated.
bhensonb (12173) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Total Wine in Folsom, CA. Pours hazy dark copper with a beige/tan head. Aroma of alcohol and dark fruits. Supported by some brown sugar. Med body. No, near full. Flavor is dark fruit, treacle/brown sugar, and darned if that walnut ester description isnít right. Wouldnít have gotten that without the suggestion, but... The dark fruit does tend towards plummy. So whereís the bourbon? Whereís the barrel? The bourbon is taking last place behind the other flavors, and the barrel seems to get lost in the treacle. So itís rather straight forward at first impression, but gets more complicated with time (as it warms). Iíve certainly had tastier BA barley wines, but this one is pretty good, if you just relax initial expectations.
kbudd19 (849) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 17, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Apperance is muddy brown with thick head. Aroma is very floral, powdered sugar, caramal, and a touch of rubber. Taste is bitter caramel, butterscotch, oak, a touch meatlic, with a hot boozey finish. There is for sure a bit of off flavour in this, not for me.
thb (745) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My reaction to this was like the kid in Charlie bit me. This is a beer. Almost visceral reaction to it. And itís good. Really nutty. Chocolate, fruits. A lot less caramelly than other barley wines Iíve had. Lots of flavour. Booze is there, but not like 11.5% would suggest.
BillKismet (3419) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Murky maroon body, almost blood-tinged vermillion, with a thinnish head. Woodsy, wine aroma with the influence of syrah and cabernet barrel along with the expected bourbon nose. Berry, bourbon flavor suffuses the palate, visited as well by woody and strong red wine components. Juicy, berry and wet wine finish. Quite enjoyable richness and fullness throughout.
CampesinoTino (798) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Appearance is a cloudy reddish brown color with a half-inch of sudsy tan foam and bubbles. Aroma is a potent blend of caramel, toasted oak, cherry, brown sugar and berries. Flavor is mostly caramel malt, toffee, grape, dates and honey with a touch of bourbon and citrus around the edges. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slightly syrupy with soft carbonation. Overall, the caramelized sugars and dark fruits are front and center while the bourbon barrel characteristics are minimal. Would have liked to have tried the non BA version first.