Hank1980 (942) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from 5Points. Poured a brownish ruby, with a tight beige head. Nose is nice mix of sticky sweet malt, dark fruit, light roasted malt. Very nice. Taste is also a sticky sweet dark fruit, malt, and sweet roasted notes. Mouth is smooth and carbonation is light. Overall, a nice old ale.
doboy (422) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark copper with a light laced head. good malty aroma, but the mouthfeel was just OK.
cpetrone84 (1448) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2011 Re-review April of 2011
Pours a slightly hazy ruby red with a creamy light tan head. The nose has a bright bruit flavor of apple and pear with some herbal spice but a hint of a metallic twang. The taste falls off hard, the fruitiness is still there but clear oxidation creates a strong note of paper and cardboard. Carmalized brown sugar adds the malt balance on a medium body falling off with a light carb in the back. Too sweet and a bit heavily oxidized.
A-pours a deep reddish mahogany color. A tanned head with one finger of it. Little retention and head
S-the nose is very sweet but a little light. A light caramel and bready malt seems to set a foundation for malty sweetness in the form of dark fruits. Some dark cherries, ripe plum, notes of rum raisin.
T-this is a malt explosion. Hint of toasted biscuit and caramel are the foundation in which the malt sweetness builds off of. Some cherries start off, ripe plums, rum soaked raisins. There is actually a light hop presence with a touch of citric and bitter hops at the finish.
M-very smooth and syrupy with a nice medium to full body. Its wet and juicy with very low carbonation in an absolutely perfect way. It finishes wet and firm not giving in.
D-this is a very solid old ale. This is actually becoming a favorite style, although they all are, right? It’s a little boozy but had some great balance for the style. Great dark fruitiness and a nice little hop presence.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In the bottle from Leuken’s. Pours a cloudy ice tea color with a thin, almost non-existent off white head. Outstanding dark fruit flavors. A touch of woodruff perhaps? Quite sweet, thick and malty. Chocolate and good hop balance provide a crisp roasty conclusion. This is a man’s beer. Seems like there is lots of finishing oak to this.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle thanks to SincereNC, I always enjoy a good old ale or barleywine. This was definitely an old ale and the abv made it very easy to drink. Ruby color, smells fruity and tastes liek old ale should. Not quite thick enough for my taste as I prefer something like Old Stock but this was easy to kill the entire bomber. Overall, not a bad old ale at all and I was glad to have tried it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-31-2010 02:47:36
drfabulous (4051) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bought at Bruisin Ales. Wow. That’s what I call a malt bomb. A massive barley wine/winter warmer with caramel and toffee flavors. Maybe not the most appropriate for a summer day, but nice to mellow out with.
nearbeer (3777) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Clear, deep brown with a small lasting ring of bubbles. Nose of plum, chocolate, cherry liqueur, toffee, and light wood. Medium body is sweet and smoothly carbonated, thinned nicely by alcohol. Flavors of dark fruit, chocolate, cherry cordial, and caramel. Long-after finish has some earthy spice, wood, peat, and citrus; all of which dry out the malt well. Nice balance in this sipper.
vtafro (3564) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ post EBF tasting. Amber pour with tan head. Notes of woody, fruity, nutty and roasty malt and some slight spices. Warming only slight.
jtclockwork (8593) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at PilsnerPeter’s RBSG 2010. Pours brown. Nose is oak, bourbon, molasses and brown sugars. Taste is light nuts, molasses, brown sugars and a dry finish.
argo0 (11568) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Small beige head atop cloudy copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, raisin/plum, caramel, some earthy/wood, light alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, plum/raisin, grapefruit/earthy, caramel, light alcohol/alcohol warming. Cherry slips into the flavor as the beer warms. Medium-full body, somewhat sticky. Quite nice as a sipping beer, such that the 22oz bottle is best shared.