sloth (2689) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium sized offwhite head with fair retention and some skinny lace. Seriously murky brown color. Nose is soft with whisky notes, a little cherry and vanilla, a little grainy, dusty. Med/full body, soft carbonation, lightly oily. Whisky flavors up front but not overpowering though they do dominate the BW aspect of this beer. A bit fruity with some sweet malts coming through, notes of wood, vanilla, caramel malts and pleasent earthyness. Notes of roast and maybe some chocolate too. Lightly sweet whisky finish. Bourbon is dominant but not overly so. Tastey and entertaining. May age well. Bomber procured @statelineliquors. Decent quaff.
willblake (2654) - 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 PilsnerPeter’s 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.
Chudwick (2542) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
El bombero del diablo (2012) - pours murky amber with yellowish-brown head and it lacing. Nose is bourbony and sugary. Flavor adds alcohol, caramel, and rye. Sweetnd quite so. Apple/pear aftertaste. Dominated by the bourbon, but it might reveal more goodness as it warms. Bitter (unripe almond) taste in the back of the throat. Provides a literary buzz (Naked Lunch movie reference).
MadRobin (2505) - Silver Spring, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap 1/2 pint at Gilly's Craft Beer & Fine Wine in Rockville, MD.
Nearly opaque, deep mahogany with nice buff head and very good lacing.
Aroma of sweet malt, oak, toffee, vanilla and fig with a hint of spice.
Very sweet taste of brown sugar, oak, red grapes, toffee, vanilla, plums, raisins, figs, molasses and booze. Tastes like a caramelized bourbon barrel. Sweet but flavorful.
Medium/light body with medium/low carbonation.
Although too sweet for its own good, this is nevertheless an good beer even in its youth. It will be interesting to see how this ages.
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glennmastrange (2489) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of caramel and milk chocolate, moderate hop note of cooked orange, light earth for the yeast, with background notes of brown sugar, bourbon and alcohol. Head is small, frothy, off-white with some pretty good slippery lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is dark murky brown. Flavor starts heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then the short finish is moderately bittersweet and lightly acidic. Palate is medium to full, creamy with a soft carbonation and finishes heavily alcoholic with a strong whiskey and coffee aftertaste. This beer really smells like a chocolate candy bar. Maybe a little to sweet and a touch watery in the end, but this is still a stand up Barley Wine.
BrewBoxer (2482) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at aPORKalypse at alewife. Deep brown color. Sweet. Bourbon taste. Smokey with a hint of syrup. Very good
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UDBeernut (2315) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 bottle pours deep mahogany amber, quick tan head that reduces to a cap. nose is mostly biscuit, toast, light oak, slight bourbon. taste follows this theme as the bourbon is more subtle... wish it had a little more. oak is very present. finish lingers and the abv makes me happy.
craftycarl21 (2307) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at Churchkey. Hazy dark brown pour. Big vanilla and molasses sweetness to this beer, along with touches of wood, port, and booze. Just too sweet for my liking; barleywines need to be refined, and this one isn’t.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber courtesy of Fiver29 – thanks J! Pours a slightly hazy amber with a half finger light tan head. The nose is caramel, vanilla, dark fruits and sweet bourbon. The taste is oaky vanilla, molasses, toffee and bourbon. Medium semi-creamy mouthfeel. Good stuff.
msante79 (2217) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Belmont Party Supply. Pours hazy amber with tan head. Aromas of caramel, malt, bourbon, and booze. Flavors of sweet caramel malts, bourbon, booze, and vanilla. Better than the base beer but not by much.