tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2010 Bottle. Pours clear red brown with a slim pale white head. This is a light barley wine. Light nose with vanilla, creme brule, and dry oak. Light flavor with a bit of a cherry cough character, abd a long slow burn. Light body, and easy to drink. All of the lightness is not to say that this isnít a good beer. Its tasty. Just not nearly as good as some of the best.
RickTStiles (696) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours hazy dark brown with a small white head. aroma is whiskey and cherry. heavy alcohol taste. whiskey finish.
daknole (8851) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber pour. Small head. Vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, raisins, alcohol, bourbon, toothpick and no hops in the aroma. Flavor is sweet and loaded with vanilla. Barrel notes are nice, but the base beer isnít helping this one. An odd fruity note seems to battle the bourbon, wood, vanilla and caramel. Odd.
CheersMate (1305) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle from Macís on West Peachtree. Fuck, itís hot outside! This probably isnít what you would drink on a 90+ degree day. Dark brown color with an amber/slightly ruby hue. There is a nice head sitting on top; it has the perfect height to it. Weíre lookiní good here, Chuck. The nose is of strong vanilla and sugar. Bourbon qualities are present and pungent. A slight malt sweetness pops through, but the aroma doesnít have that many dimensions to it. Ah...there seems to a be a bit of a presence from the oak popping through. Fairly nice aroma, but nothing mind shattering. This beer has a nice creamy texture. The creamy texture is great because it allows the beer to roll across the taste buds. Vanilla, sugar, booze, and bourbon are hitting my taste buds. The ethanol is a bit intrusive, and warms the back of the throat a bit too much. It does have a skull and crossbones on the front, so who said this was going to be fucking nice? Not much comes through in terms of beer. Iím getting a slight bitterness, but, for me, this seems like an excuse to get brownie points from us beer enthusiasts by putting a mediocre barley wine in a barrel and calling it a day. I would like to have a barrel-aged beer that provides complimentary flavors i.e., the barley wine compliments the bourbon barrel, and vice-versa. Traces of barley wine flavors poking through, but not enough for me.
cpetrone84 (1271) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A-pours a hazy dark amber color with a fluffy bubbly light tan head that leaves a good lacing on the glass.
S-the oak, vanilla, and bourbon come through nicely up front., toasted caramel malts, slightly burnt brown sugar, and faint notes of sweet dark fruits.
T-the taste is quite sweet up front, lots of caramel and carmelized sugars, a nice plum and cherry sweetness come in behind. the oak is present, a good bit of bourbon, with a nice vanilla sweetness to balance on the barrels. hints of fusels in the back with a touch of heat.
M-smooth on the palate, good carbonation, a little prickly on the back of the throat, medium body and coats the mouth a little.
D-i really enjoy this, the malty sweetness has a nice amount of depth and the barrel aging adds a nice balance to it. the bourbon lingers in the back with notes of fusel alcohol that detract slightly but still well done.
jcwattsrugger (11067) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
@PilsnerPeters Thanks willblake-22oz bottle-pours a light tan head and copper color. Aroma is spice, wood, nutty, medium malt. Taste is dry, spice, wood, nutty, medium malt-toffee, English/earthy hops, some alcohol. Cellar temperature is better.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, chocolate, caramel, slight dark ripe fruit, and a hint of oak. Poured deep amber/brown in color with a small, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Very hazy. Barely sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of malt, slight Bourbon, slight vanilla, light oak, slight caramel, slight chocolate, and a hint of alcohol. Medium body. Slick, slightly viscous texture turns lightly dry. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, caramel, slight wood and light vanilla finish is dry. 10%ABV well hidden throughout.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours clear, with a dark, reddish-brown tint and a small, smooth head of beige colored foam. Tiny spots and skinny arches of lacing stick to the glass loosely. The nose is sweet and buttery, loaded with toasted toffee, dark caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla. Bourbon lends additional sweetness, though it isnít as prominent as I thought it would be. Flavors show cola malts, cocoa, dry caramel, and buttery toffee, with hardly a hop to be found. The bourbon isnít overly boozy, though it is excessively sweet and loaded with vanilla. On the palate, a medium-full body gets its heft from sticky, plodding sugars, while light carbonation contributes to an overall syrupy feel. As barrel aged barleywines go, this is decent at best, and thatís probably got more to do with the mediocre base beer than the barrel aging process itself.
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
20100515 Bomber from Wine World, sampled at PilsnerPeterís 2nd Annual Spring Gathering. Dark amber with lasting, thick beige head. Aroma is caramel, vanilla, and a nice earthy hop note. Flavor is quite sweet with some sweet bourbon and oak really driving home the malty personality of this big beer. Only mild late bitterness, some spruce, some slick oak.
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle pours murky brown color with off white head. Aroma is booze, vanilla, brown sugar, and wood. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and finishes smooth. Its not hot. All the flavors meld together well and has a smooth finish. I really enjoyed the cab version of this as well. I enjoyed this one a touch more. Good stuff.