AdamT (34) - Wilson, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz Bomber from Winslow’s. (2012 Vintage) Dark brown murky hue with light brown mostly diminishing fizzy head. Virtually no lacing. Strong sweet smell of fruit and some malt. I got some cranberry, apple, prune, port wine and alcohol smells throughout the experience. Sweet light malt on the initial taste some on the finish but more alcohol then malt. Dry on the palate.
BVery (5121) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Murky reddish brown pour. White head. Sweet dark fruit nose and taste. Vanilla. Some booze. Delicious.
Beerathon (780) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color- deep chestnut. Slight head. Very malty, with slight sweetness and alcohol warmth. Dark candied fruits- plum, raisin. I like my barley wines hoppier than this.
mathieuc (683) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Ginger Man, NYC. I guess it Must be a 2012 vintage. Pours a dark brown, almost still but with a somewhat bigger than expected with head (must have been a really vigorous pour?) that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is loaded with vanilla and toffee (burnt sugar). Taste is sweet but not cloying with a lot of caramel and (I swear) some bourbon impressions. Carbonation level was low, making it really smooth. There is a light alcohol sting but nothing too bad. A really fine drink.
ESBob (283) - Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber 1012 Vintage. Poured a medium burgundy brown, slight off white head. Dark fruit aromas, some malt sweetness as well. Taste is a fairly complex dark fruit, some raisin. Finish is sweet but somewhat smooth with the ABV.
ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bomber (2012 vintage) into a tulip. From notes.
A: Pours a clear dark burgundy color. The head is a one finger light mocha shade. Nothing too noteworthy here, aside from the clarity.
S: Sweet. It’s about as sweet as I expected, with many of the expected notes - caramel, raisins, figs, currants, and even a touch of bourbon. Aromatically, it should seem generic, but I find its sugary nature to be very enjoyable here.
T: There is a ton of dark fruit sweetness to start, later supplanted by a chocolaty, caramelly sweet finish. It’s fairly uneventful with no real complexity - and no real flaws either. Just an average barleywine designed for dessert purposes.
M: The palate doesn’t carry the sweetness that well; it only has decent viscosity and lacks the soft creaminess that would have given it a decadent feel otherwise. The gentle carbonation actually gives it reasonable drinkability.
O: Aside from the aroma, this one is average. I can’t complain about it being overly sweet, as it’s a pure dessert beer...I can complain about its lack of depth and middling feel, though. In addendum, the one I drank this with REALLY enjoyed it - then again, he isn’t a fan of barleywines. Take that however you like.
Emeister84 (633) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This below decks was aged for one year: Caramel, toffee, almonds, butter cookies, and raisins on the nose. Clear red with mostly lasting, off-white head. A touch of sweetness, with a lot of bready (some pumpernickel) and nutty flavors, savory, bitter enough, and with some subtle saltiness. Medium-full body, low carbonation, warming, and finishes with some sweet caramel and nutty flavors, and dry hops.
davey101 (562) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 vintage, 22 oz bomber into a DFH signature glass.
A - Pours a clear burnt red/brown color with a finger of light tan foam which fades away quickly. Average lacing.
S - Toffee, caramel, raisins, and some brown sugar. Light alcohol heat.
T - Similar to the nose with some toffee and caramel drenched raisins. Very much an English style BW. A bit boring and plain but still pretty tasty. Chewy and a bit slick, abv is well hidden.
O - For a $6 bomber of a very traditional English BW this is pretty solid stuff. Its also held up very well to two years of age (unlike their stout...)
Ret12 (447) - Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Overall this was a decent beer, very sweet and almost candy like. Poured a deep red with little head retention
bbbeer (502) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep red with small light tan head. Aroma caramel, brown sugar, slightly fruity. Full body, a little alcohol, syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet malty flavor, minimal hops, some roasted malt and dark fruits. Really a little too sweet but still works pretty well.