Slayer85 (1041) - Firenze, ITALY - OCT 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber (12,5% ABV). A clear dark brown beer, with a large, frothy, lightly lacing, mostly lasting off-white to light brown head. The aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel), hint of hops (resin), with notes of coconut, vanilla, wood, whisky/bourbon, alcohol, raisin, plums. The flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/syrupy texture. soft/lively carbonation, very long finish with almost moderate bitterness, heavily alcoholic. Extra-yummy nose with lots of aspects. A joy to smell. Super sweet taste, with reasonable final bitterness to balance. Still overly boozy and bourbony to the point of burning the throat. A bit cloying after some sips. Imnpossible for me to finish the whole bomber. Overall a quality sipper.
deekyn (1039) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A- pours a burnt red with a thin egg shell white head and faint lacing.
S- pungent aromas of brown sugar, molasses, pie crust, dark fruits, grainy malts, whiskey, tonic, cider, vanilla and oak tannins.
M- medium body with medium to heavy palate with a good carbonation and tackiness.
T- strong notes of cider, alcohol, chocolate liqueur and malts at first. Grains, oak, molasses, vanilla and toffee next. Ending is a little dry and efficient with notes of cocoa, dark fruits, stinging alcohol and mineral water.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ O’Briens. Poured hazy copper-brown with a flat ring of white bubbles. No lacing. Earthy caramel and bread dough aroma with vanilla, oak, and whiskey. Boozy. Viscous, non-carbonated mouthfeel gave it the character of a liquer. Strong caramel and cherry flavors up front, then moves into the earthy, alcoholic oaken malt flavors. Somewhat of a mix between whiskey and cognac in the background. Long, sticky finish that tastes resiny, but without the bite. Definitely a sipper, but a great one at that.
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Paul for sharing. Bottle pours caramel color with off white head. Aroma is caramel and bourbon. Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Flavor is well balanced between the caramel and booze. A touch hot. But a great beer overall.
pdx77 (1024) - Oregon, USA - NOV 4, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2014 On tap at Apex 11/4/12. Very sweet (in a good way) with bourbon overtones. Long pleasant aftertaste. On draught at 2014 CellarFest at Bailey’s Taproom 1/25/14. 2011 vintage of Abacus. Burnt caramel color. Aroma is sticky toffee, citrusy caramel, tropical hops, and dark malts. Taste is bourbon, apple, sticky toffee, and molasses. Smooth and syrupy, too easy-drinking for 13%.
ksurkin (1022) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz, boxed and black foiled bottle, dated 2/18/11 from grape & gourmet. pours a beautiful, hazy, mahogany with a smooth, thin beige head that has great retention and leaves sticky drips of lace on the edges. aroma is outstanding with rich, sticky dark fruit notes of fig, raisin, and red berry backed by brown sugar, toffee, and light floral esters with the subtle bourbon barrel notes of oak, vanilla, tobacco, and toast emerging as it warms. flavor is wonderful as well with bold, boozy notes of bourbon, toasted oak, and toffee up front backed by sweet dark fruit notes of black cherry, plum, and fig with subtle notes of angel’s food cake, toasted malts, and creme brulee on the finish. palate is rich, full bodied, and perfectly carbonated with a great balance of sweetness and boozy, bourbon warmth. overall, a great barrel aged barleywine.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Owen. 2011 vintage. Pours a dark dark brown with a rocky cream coloured head. Amazing nose shows plenty of sweet malt and dark caramel. As it warms slightly vanilla, coconut, dark stone fruits and some dark chocolate becomes more apparent. Great stuff. Flavours are very much in line with the nose. Sweet dark and very intense. Full mouthfeel. Amazing beer.
Chalsk (1017) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Cloverleaf. What a BW. Pours a dark murky brown color with a caramel colored head. Has an aroma of bourbon, dark fruit, caramel, and perhaps some earthiness. Has a sweet dark fruit taste with notes of caramel and chocolate. A nice hop layer. Creamy mouthfeel. Excellent.
neuromatt (1016) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle from West Lakeview Liquors in Chicago, served in a snifter alongside Goose Island Bourbon County Barleywine and North Coast Old Stock Cellar Reserve Bourbon Barrel. Pours clear mahogany with a small tan head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of fine lace. The nose has big notes of molasses, oak, vanilla and bourbon, along with tobacco, cherry and dark fruit. The flavour is quite sweet with lots of molasses, oak and chocolate, along with subtle tobacco, vanilla and earth. The finish is long and malty, with vanilla, molasses, oak and subtle alcohol. On the palate it is full in body with a syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a great barley wine with complex malts and decent complexity from the bourbon barrels. 2014-01-04
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours ruby brown with a small off white head. Nose is big coconut, vanilla, booze, some coffee and nuts with hints of cloves and banana. Taste is sweet with not much bitter. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, body is heavy and the finish is long.
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