Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of molasses, vanilla chocolate, and slight black cherry. Pours brown and heavily carbonated. Taste is intense. Oak, chocolate, cherry and vanilla balance wonderfully in a malty bed. Delicious.
mikem409 (1985) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle 2012 sucaba. pours dark brown thin head. aroma of vanilla and oak. taste is sweet bourbon and coconut slight coco
Prufrockstar (1983) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
(2012 bottle) Currently my favorite beer to sip slowly with friends. Marvelous deep ruby red appearance, feels almost more like a rich supple red wine than beer. Taste is layered, includes at times everything listed in the commercial description, but combines to be more than almost any description could capture. FW has created a masterpiece.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 vintage Bomber. Glowing caramel pour with a slight fizzy head. Aroma is fruity, very boozy, some bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, dried fruits abound. Mouth feel is slick, oily. Very hot, but loads of dried fruits and bourbon in the flavor, very refined. Tasty but very boozy.
jstraw (1964) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber at Jerry’s. Dark amber with whispy tan head / Big nose of coconut, oak, toffee, chocolate / Full body, sweet, slightly hot but with good balance and long finish / Flavors of semi-sweet chocolate, toffee, butterscotch, dark cherry, dates, coconut, hazelnuts, oak, and bourbon / Fantastic. Give it a year.
beerbaaron (1957) - Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A beautiful deep blood red color with a small soapy beige head. Exquisite aroma. Powerful, full of character and complexity, and so cohesive. Jam, dark fruit, dark brown sugar, dark chocolate, along with super well integrated barrel character. Flavor follows but is not as distinctly. Lighter full body. Warm alcohol.
RSRIZZO (1951) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this brew at GABF on 9/24/09. Color is a muddy brown with light carbonation and small head. Aroma is rich with a little oak coming out. This is a full bodied brew with a rich feel and a finish of raisins and plums with oak and vanilla on the end. Overall its a very good Barley Wine.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 15, 2011
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another FW bottle courtesy of Richie.
Pours deep, deep copper, darker than most barleywines, with a thin tan head that recedes slowly to small collar and some sticky legs on the sides.
Aroma is spectacular, everything I’d want in a BB barleywine. There is the deep, sweet caramel malts, toffee, vanilla and hints of hops, though this seems closer to an English BW than American. The bourbon is perfectly balanced in the nose, sweet vanilla, light wood notes and bourbon. Wow.
The taste is almost as good with smooth bourbon and vanilla up front, meshing perfectly with the sugary malts, toffee and caramel underneath. Nice alcohol burn in the finish, just tingling the tongue.
The mouthfeel is super smooth and medium bodied with lots of barrel character and soft carbonation.
This is a fantastic BA barleywine, one of the best I’ve had in a long time. FW certainly knows their way around barrel aging. World class.
Sarlacc83 (1933) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from Belmont Station. Reviewed from notes.
A: Ruddy mahogany with a firm creme colored head. Some particles land on the glass when this is swirled.
N: Caramel, vanilla, malt, oak, and toffee. Bourbon is well-integrated. Brown sugar, honey, and syrup. Some cola. Has a lot of rich flavors.
T: Tastes of bourbon mixed with a round sweetness and a tempering bitterness. Lots of flavors of the wood are showing through here. DOesn’t destroy the palate, and that’s a good thing.
M: Not as heavy as expected, and there’s a high amount of carbonation which I don’t enjoy. Alcohol is somewhat pronounced.
O: A very solid beer that seems to be missing a little extra oomph. Enjoying it, even if it reminds me a bit of a low-end bourbon.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled several times at the 2010 AZ strong beer fest. Dark amber pour. Oak, bourbon, hops, dark fruit, vanilla. Fantastic!