ThisWangsChung (826) - 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. Itís 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. Itís fairly uneventful with no real complexity - and no real flaws either. Just an average barleywine designed for dessert purposes.
M: The palate doesnít 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 canít complain about it being overly sweet, as itís 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 isnít a fan of barleywines. Take that however you like.
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 4, 2015
1.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Limited release, sampled in 2011, aged since 2008.
Pours a deep copper with a white fizzy head that dissipates instantly. Sweet malty aromas with fruit and caramel, but fades quickly. Tastes dry and fruity and overwhelmingly champagne-like in taste and mouthfeel. No hop character present. It has a one-dimensional sour tang and the malty sweetness I would have expected is not present. Maybe this one should have been opened a bit earlier as it did not age well.
AirForceHops (4171) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle, 2012 vintage purchased at Georgios in Billerica, MA. Aroma is spot on for the style, prunes, raisin and sweet caramel, toffee.
Flavor is nice. Sweet without any booze, raisins, caramel dipped dates, sweet English malts, tones of yeast. The alcohol is not found at this point, the mouthfeel is lightly oily with a super sweet dried fruit finish. ABV is super smooth at this point, no oxidation found. Love how barely wines tastes at this point in the evolution. Solid sipper.
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 bomber. Pour is a deep crimson slightly hazy, with a thin off white head. Aroma is sweet with plum and fig, cherries, caramel, toffee, a hint of chocolate. Taste is big caramel and toffee with plum, brown sugar and faint hops. Boozy in the finish with some sweet malt lingering between sips. Decent barleywine, although perhaps a bit too sweet.
Headbanger (3500) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle í11Vintage (Crown Liquors #15-Fishers)-40į in Snifter-Pours a dark brown with a small tan covering for a head. Aroma of dried fruits, caramel, toffee, and roasted malts. Taste of the same with more sweetness and toffee. This full bodied brew is well done and is well balanced.
Ajcanon711 (35) - - JAN 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma. Beer words. Heart burn. Big ole Barley Wine and it knows how to flaunt it.
vlan1 (212) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 Vintage bomber. Pours a dark toffee brown with about 2 fingers worth of head. Tastes of sweet malt a hint of coffee and mild hops. Smooth not sticky moutfeel. A very solid barley wine.
harrymel (1549) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, english appearing brown ale with a finger of light caramel foam that falls to a mirrored surface with a rim. Nice cherry hues where light glows. Smells of cocoa, lots of cocoa; kinda weirds me out, but I dig it. Nice caramel, toffee and tea flavors in the beer. I havenít had it fresh, but I like it now as it is. Medium bodied with a semi slick finish.
I would drink this again and again if in my area. Looking forward to the BBA and Cab versions.
Serving type: bottle
Itzjerm (1589) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
No head. Carmel malt very hot on alcohol. For abv somewhat thin on tongue. Very average barley wine. 2012 vintage.
AdamT (237) - 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 Winslowís. (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 (7602) - Plymouth, 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.