redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Alcohol and caramel malts on the nose. Pours amber orange. Bourbon and oak, vanilla with sweet malts, caramalized sugars, very smooth, very malty, a little hot in the finish.
MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Once past the cheesy Hanna Barbara-inspired label graphics, this wasn’t bad. It poured a darkish copper colour, and was somewhat cloudy. The tan coloured head was on the small side but did produce some decent lacing. Aroma was of spices and also malt, with some coffee lurking in the background. Taste was chiefly of maly and coffee, with the spices being a bit overwhelmed by these first two. Mouthfeel and aftertaste were not unpleasant. Not a bad beer. I was unaware of the high ABV until I took a closer look at the label; it didn’t taste like a 10.5%.
manuchampions (1243) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, 2007 Vintage. Nice off amber colour with small amount of lacing and very little carbonation. Big nose with caramel, dried fruit and vanilla evident. The beer certainly emerged as it sat and breathed. Complex layers of buttery, bready malts with a sharp but not overwhelming hop finish. Certainly got the woodiness in the lingering final note.
Probably the single best beer I’ve had from this brewery.
Ughsmash (7426) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, 2006 vintage. Poured bright medium orange with a short cap of eggshell head.. scattered lacing as it descended. The aroma opened and was strongly influenced the rest of the way by sour bourbon and oaky notes.. candied caramel and redder fruits behind.. as it breathes, vanilla and brown sugar emerge.. this really grew on me. The flavor had caramel and brown sugar at the core with dry, peppery bourbon and sour oak laced throughout.. honey, vanilla, and fruity sweetness showed on the back.. finished dry and warm with a tasty blend of maltage and barrel. Heavier-bodied with higher carbonation on the palate.. dry and spicy, but there was still plenty of sweetness around.. memorable.
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 12, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Sunshine and Oakes. Damn I cannot remember what year he said this was, maybe 2005? I think so. Man this is kick ass. Really damn good. Amber pour with a small white head. Aroma is loaded with honey, caramel, booze, and vanilla. Flavor is really great. Toffee, vanilla, wood and has a great mouthfeel. I am glad I got to try this!!!
Embrouille (2831) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2009 Bottled 650ml. Courtesy of DuffMan. Appearance: Beautiful hazy amber. Aroma: Oak, sherry, hops, caramel, apples and vanilla. Flavor and palate: Full bodied. Sweet. Syrupy. A lot of dried fruits, vanilla and sugar appearing. Bourbon characteristics. It reminds me a bit of rum. Overall impression: Definetely a good sipping beer. Thanks a lot DuffMan!
tomthompson89 (1964) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
amber color not much foam, nose is sweet fruit and booze, little cleaner smell too. Slick mouthfeel. some hops in there but not much sweet caremel malts . good beer
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks SoLan! Pours a typical cloudy dark brown barleywine color. Huge kick in the balls from the alcohol. This is a big one. A lot of dried apricot and some butterscotch. Very sweet and rich. Smooth, thick and creamy on the palate.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007 vintage, courtesy SoLan. Pours a hazy, deep, glowing orange-amber color. Virtually no head or lacing. The aroma shows heavy toffee notes, along with caramel, graham cracker, and brown sugar. The bold maltiness is accentuated nicely by the oaky, vanilla laden bourbon. Some spicy, earthy hops and just a hint of citrus complete the nose. Flavors include German chocolate cake, toffee and caramel, along with lightly peppery, earthy hop notes and a nic soak of oaky, sour mash bourbon. Medium-full and smooth, almost creamy on the palate, the swallow leaves a lightly spicy bitterness. Not too alcoholic, despite the 12% ABV. This one was a nice surprise.
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy SoLan. 2007 bottle. Murky dark brown color, thin even white head. Apricot and sweet malts on the aroma. Smooth, rich taste, sweet but not overboard, the barrel character is not too apparent - in fact could use some oak character to offset the sweetness.