arminjewell (8622) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark red pour with white head, aroma has notes of nice whiskey, vanilla, touch of earth, hints of nice chocolate, caramel, toffee, hints of spice. Taste is a mix of big bourbon and whiskey, vanilla, hints of chocolate, coffee, some hints of toffee, caramel, finishing sweet, slightly boozy, finishing fairly dry. Pretty nice.
douglas88 (7249) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Beaumont. CBC left a mark! Pours a mostly clear dark copper color with a medium white head- dies down. A big sweet fruit bourbon nose. Sugary, hot, some toffee, actually lots of toffee, berries, some vanilla, the bourbon is big. Light tobacco. Nice beer.
Homer321 (2756) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to @@ron. nose is super malty with rich vanilla and woody notes with some dried fruit and plums. Taste is similar, very rich and smooth, sweet, but not cloying. Light peppery alcohol. pretty nice.
NachlamSie (2968) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Dick’s. I think basically everything Marble makes is exemplary so I just went ahead and snatched this bad boy up. Poured into a goblet, the beer is a deep, rich, clear ruby red with a small khaki head. Aroma smells like a barleywine. There are plenty of sweet malt notes of toffee and bread along with potent vanilla/charred oak and subtler hints of tobacco, earth and berries. The body is medium heavy with the perfect amount of sweetness for the style. This is barleywine, right? I don’t see what else it could be. The bitterness becomes apparent finally in the flavor, but no real strong hop flavors develop. More sweet notes of toffee, vanilla, oak, figs, tobacco and rip fruits come through. Very nice beer.
zoucrew102 (871) - - APR 12, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber, 2012 vintage. Intoxicating aroma of caramel, bourbon, wood and vanilla. Pours reddish-brown with a thin tan head with good retention and lacing. Starts with excellent caramel sweetness with a slick, smooth mouthfeel. Finishes equally as smooth with the bourbon, wood and vanilla taking center stage as well as a slight boozy burn at the very end. This is a fantastic beer with the complex flavors complementing each other quite nicely.
beerbaaron (1681) - Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 vintage, consumed 2/19/15. Draft. Age treated this well, as I found this to be much better than many others. Clear ruby mahogany. Small beige head. Gorgeous aroma. Complex. Great bourbon barrel character. Very ’cohesive’. Great balance. Super.
OldMrCrow (2157) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Santa Fe Taproom.
Lighter red-brown pour. Bourbon aroma and flavor, massive vanilla. Gentle sweetness, not too sticky, not too boozy. Good beer.
madvike (3095) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Pours brown with a bubbly ring of head. Nose is not pungent. It’s boozy and sharp with lots of bourbon sweetness and sweet, bready malt. Taste is vanilla, oak, sweet bourbon, caramel, and dry bread. Warm finish with thin carbonation.
nuplastikk (5071) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2014 2013 vintage 22oz bomber from Elise. Aged the better part of a year. Wow. This is pretty phenomenal. Ruby amber-brown body, unfiltered. Foamy glass lacing beige head. Bourbon-vanilla aroma. Quite reminiscent of the Bourbon Barrel Barleywine from Goose Island in some respects. Has enough Barleywine characteristics that I’d be happy to categorize it as that. Chewy caramel woody bourbon candy tones. Solid.
burg326 (4668) - Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured an amber color with aromas of caramel and booze. Flavors are booze, caramel and off putting cardboard. Shucks that this started out so nice and ended so horribly.
slowrunner77 (7100) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"2011 I think. Right out of the fridge and bottle, the aroma needed time to warm up, but when it did - this beer was pretty damn good. Big, rich, warming. Sweet leaning from both the barrels and the malty backbone, though the hops were adequate as well. Leaning towards barleywine in style, but an american strong for whatever reason. Toffee, caramel, hops, vanilla and bourbon on the nose and tongue. I’d get this again