ryecatcher (543) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Poured into a snifter, a nice caramel color with very little head. Nose is candy and bourbon. Mouth is full, but not overpowering, with bourbon in the front and a toffee creaminess. Goes down so smooth, you barely notice the alcohol. Epic example of style (barley wine) from a technically proficient brewer. FWBC hasnít disappointed me yet.
Aml42000 (616) - Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep ruby red with an off white head. American oak aromatics and bourbon on the nose. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and the alcohol bite is muted. Caramel and tobacco leaf palate. Endless finish.
bhensonb (9831) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours hazy dark amber with a slight beige head, which didnít last long but tried to ring. Aroma is rich malt with hints of wood and perhaps treacle. Arguably full bodied. Flavor is light brown sugar, light oak astringency, and some light hop. Comes across a bit treacle. The heat is not really present to a noticeable extent. The individual flavors seemed light, but the sum is greater than the parts. The overall effect is a lot of flavor. Really excellent ale.
b3shine (3513) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to oversized snifter (thanks dudeabide!). Looks good; a barleywine brown with thin off-white lacing. Smells good too; sweet and boozy. Tastes like it smells with a pleasant mouthfeel. Outstanding beer!
Jesterdeal (1468) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of toffee and caramel. Pours clearish with slight film. Taste is very sweet with strong caramel and maple syrup notes. Delicious and sweet.
PhillyCraft (2581) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours a hazy ruby copper color with small off white head, random clearish lacing around the inners of the glass. Aromas of rum, oak, bannana bread, toffee, brown sugar, and heavy caramel malts. Taste is just as sweet as aroma but hoppy and boozey at the same time. Further flavors of vanilla, caramel, toffee, booze, and wood. Nice and bitter. Another winner from FW.
Mattj01 (4) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2012 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice amber color with a slight bitter taste, but not too bitter that itís not smooth drinking.
sneaks2210 (46) - New York, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark, hazy brown with a small tan head. Decent amount of lacing and carbonation. Bourbon barrel qualities are all over the aroma. Strong notes of vanilla and coconut. Definite hints of dark fruits (prunes) with caramel and brown sugar in the background. WOW! The taste is very sweet, once again picking up caramel and brown sugar. This time being backed up by a slight burning sensation from the alcohol. Finishes up sweet with a hint of dark fruits. This is so damn complex. Amazing stuff!!!
jandd1983 (1907) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
It poured a hazy reddish amber color with a small off-white head. The aroma was of oak, vanilla, caramel, toffee and light fuittiness. The taste was of oak, vanilla, toffee, light carmel and light fruittiness with a crisp dry lingering oak finish. A very good DBA.
dcschiller (2154) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear mahogany color wit ha pillowtop eggshell head. Aroma is caramel, prune, fig, vanilla, oak. Taste is sweet with a bit of alcohol warmth. This beer is amazingly smooth and easy to drink. The only indication that the beer is 12% abv is the alcohol warmth in the finish. Good beer.