bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a tan head. Chocolate and toffee aroma with backing hops and light vanilla. Malt and toffee flavor with light darker malts and vanilla. Medium bodied. Toffee and vanilla lingers with light darker malts and light cookie notes.
EastBayPints (20) - California, USA - MAR 19, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: Smokey. Tobacco, rough leather. Fig and raisin. Stiff dark chocolate.
Appearance: Dark leathery brown. Complete opacity. Nice thin khaki head.
Taste: Malty, coffee. Licorice and anise. Banana bread. The alcohol is well concealed.
Palate: Stiff and chewy. Leather. Nice full flavored barleywine. Balance is nice. Not exceptionally sweet.
Overall: A great after dinner barleywine. Mature. This should age marvelously.
bhensonb (9831) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA. Pours very dark brown with a 2 finger creamy beige/tan head. Aroma is mostly brown sugar. Full bodied. Flavor is treacle with suggestions of chocolate. Or coffee. Or something. Thereís no direct heat, but my nose knows thereís alcohol here. Nice in that itís not the sickly brown sugar many barleywines seem to be. Itís not dry, but itís not excessively sweet, and itís just lightly astringent. With a little time it develops cherry pit flavor. Thinking this is good stuff.
Landmonger (135) - USA - MAR 16, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured out of a 22 oz bottle into a trappist glass (or is it a chalice???) Dark in appearance with the crimson showing depnding on how much light you have, it pours with little head which dissapates to just the edges with a slight trace across the top. Aroma is caramel, smoky and as advertised something appealing as a slow sipping beer by the fireplace. Taste also is abundantly of caramel, roasty. Light on the carbonation and medium warmth going down.
illidurit (1962) - Sonora, California, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at burger. in Santa Cruz. Pours opaque dark brown with crimson corners. Pruney iodine aroma with some evident booze, maybe a little raisin. Not the best aroma, nor is it very robust. Flavor is much better. Earthy chocolate with burnt brown sugar, a touch of soy, and a buttery toasted coconut finish. Not sure if this is bourbon barrel aged but it sure seems like it. A sweet warming beer that captures the English style pretty well.
timfoolery (1067) - California, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster at DBS. Aroma was of bourbon and bittering hops. Flavor is bourbon, bitter hop, toffee, and caramel. I liked this taster better here than at Beer Rev. Very good beer.
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BMan1113VR (7694) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours with a lightly murky, deep brown hued body with a receding tan hued head. Any attempt at lace is batted down by alcohol legs. Aromas are of bourbon, molasses, marzipan, brown sugar, vanillin, barrel, dates, oak, leather and mild oxidation. The bourbon character is a bit on the brash side of things (bourbon quality wise). Kola and kirsch. Flavors are of leather, brown sugar, toffee, chewy, caramel, bitter. Lots of oak tannin and vanilla. Medium alcohol warmth, low carbonation with lots of bitter tannins in the finish.
beersearcher (2165) - Glendale, California, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big spirited aroma of bourbon on this one and that follows through in the flavor. After you get accustomed to it, coconut and vanilla comes into the picture. Sampled at collaboration LA at the Belasco theater.
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. A dark brown color with a tan head. Intense raisin, dates, toffee, and caramel aromas. Smooth and sweet with a toasted malts.
DYCSoccer17 (3157) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. Vintage 2011. Barrel-aged. The aroma on this has a good deal of really nice bourbon-y notes to it. Light chocolate and some molasses are also present behind the bourbon character. Nice vanilla hints, too. Extremely quaffable. Scantly transparent mahogany body with a smallish off-white head and good oily, legging present. Starts with bourbon character, before there is some sweet caramel chewiness. Lightly buttery mouthfeel with perhaps some diacetyl in the middle. Becomes a bit roasted in the middle. Finishes with some nice tobacco and leathery flavors and has a small amount of ethanol. I really solid beer. My one complaint would be that this beer seems a little thin. Still, a hell of a beer.