tom10101 (3704) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (22 oz). Clear amber with a small persistent off-white head and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon (strong, almost too much), malt, coconut, vanilla and caramel. Boozy. Taste is about the same with a strong presence of residual sugar. Warming alcohol, which isn’t well hidden. Dry. Pretty unique beer - a bourbon barrel-aged dopplebock - interesting. Good sipper with nice complexity. Not easily drinkable and balance isn’t perfect because of the big bourbon presence.
Jimmeekrek (52) - - SEP 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber shared with Dembonz. If I had done a blind taste test of this, I would’ve thought I was having a Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Barleywine, which is in no way a bad thing. Absolutely delicious brew, with great bourbon sweetness complimenting the vanilla flavor and caramel malt backbone. A little hop finish balanced this out nicely. I would most definitely buy this again, if only I could find it.
after4ever (6577) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at sb. Pours a crystal clear bright medium amber with a gigantic surging tan head. Enormous oaken nose, smells like a big wet barrel humping your face. Creamy thick body with silky carb. Caramel, vanilla, toast, and bourbon on the mid palate. Long sweet vanilla oak finish.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle (batch 2, bottled 5/25/12) via trade with smith4498 - Pours a slightly hazy deep amber color with a one and a half finger thick light tan head. light spotty lacing. Aroma is toasted malt, vanilla, and wood. Quite nice. Flavor is much of the same. Finish is toasty with vanilla. Medium to fully body. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overbearing. Good beer. Thanks Jason.
ilovedarkbeer (2408) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours a clear brownish amber color with a foamy off white head. Loads of toasted coconut and whiskey in the notes. You can smell the char, brown sugar, and the vanilla. Similar notes on the taste. Very sweet and long warming finish. Surprised to see it listed as a dopplebock.
smith4498 (3224) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear dark caramel color with tan head. Caramel and bourbon aromas with oak and vanilla. Sweet caramel, bourbon, alcohol, oak and vanilla flavors. Bourbon is a bit overpowering. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation.
BeerandBlues2 (10616) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear tawny with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is caramel, cookie, and toast malt, bourbon, oak, dates, plums and earthy hops. Flavor is sweet malt dominant, spicy and peppery bourbon, vanilla notes, dark fruits, oak, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Full body, medium carbonation.
FullObs (134) - Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber pours med brown, taste is vanilla, raisin, and caramel. The bourbon is is present but this is not hot at all. This is a tasty beer but its downfall is it’s way too sweet ( and i like sweet). Some addtl heat might have balanced this out better.
Mrnoluv (206) - long beach, California, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a strong beer, not bold aroma, not great to the palate, but this is a good beer. If you like it strong you will like this one.
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of oaky vanilla, barleywine sugar, sugar plums, and molasses. Pours brown with a lingering head. Taste is delightful with molasses, bourbon vanilla notes, dates, and slight floral hop. A bit of whiskey burn on this one. Yummy and big.