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RATINGS: 225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
A strong ale which has a deep amber color. The bouquet and aroma is full and fruity, with a smooth, round and vinous taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theis (14480) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 9, 2011
Bottle at home - Tasting. Cloudy amber/brown - offwhite head. High malty, red berries, sweetness, roasted malts, ryebread, ok bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (17646) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 9, 2011
bottle at jans ... dark brown ... thin tan head ... sweet toffee wooody nose ... bittter front ... soft sweet malts ... little cherry... light medicinal not for me ... creamy vanilla finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2011
Bomber, 2009 vintage, picked up at The Bottle Barn in Northern CA. Pours a deep, dark copper color that is completely opaque with only faint dark orange/mahogany edges and a 1.5 finger frothy yellowish beige head. Pretty good retention, slowly fading into a nice lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lacing behind. The nose of this beer is still surprisingly hop forward with hints of earthy pine and dank, resinous oils as well as subtle hints of citrus fruit balancing out the sweeter malt notes. Earthy and lathery with lots of caramel and toffee as well as some biscuit and faint dark fruit, mostly fig and raisin. Slight alcohol but doesnít smell overly boozy. Medium bodied and again, this beer is surprisingly still very hop forward. Unfortunately the hop profile isnít as complex as the aroma suggests. Earthy and bitter with lots of dry piny flavor but there isnít any of the sweet citrus character that I was expecting to add depth, complexity or balance. Underneath, there is a nice leathery malt backbone with prominent caramel flavor as well as hints of toffee, biscuit, raisin, fig, and grape. The ABV is well masked with subtle boozy sweetness but not much in the way of heat or warmth in the finish. Overall, this beer is decent and pretty quaffable but it isnít as complex or balanced as I hoped with the strong hop presence overpowering the other flavors a bit too much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbastard (794) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2011
Good! Has a malty Dark fruit nose. Taste is a blackberry brandy with a slight alcohol burn. Hops are sudtle, and its not too sweet. I like strong hop presents in a Barly W. which this does not have but its also not too cloying. So its still a good balance. Sweet and bitter dry finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
trevor211 (1440) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Cloudy brown pour. Cinnamon and cloves over booze-soaked fruit on the nose. Nice. Flavor is a bit disappointing. More boozy, and the warmth fades away. Lingering citrus rind aftertaste that canít cover the alcohol, although a toasty caramel note does appear that helps balance it out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2979) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 4, 2011
Dark garnet body with a small eggshell head that left some spotty lacing. Aroma is filled with caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla. Flavor shows lots of dark fruit along with toffee and honey. Not extremely complex but dangerously drinkable. Sweet but not cloying. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9651) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2011 Sample at the brewpub. The beer is a reddish-brown color with a medium beige head that diminishes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malt and hops. Rich body with flavors of sweet caramel, grainy malt and resiny hops.The finish is hoppy with a fruity aftertaste. Good Barley Wine overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Pours a deep brown with a red tinge with a small tan head. Aroma is raisins, figs, candi sugar, brown sugar, dark fruits, wine like vinous notes. Flavor is raisin puree, spices, candi sugar, dark fruits, cherries, tobacco, some faded hop bitterness and alcohol. Slick mouthfeel coats, then finishes with dark fruits, faded hops and alcohol. Tasty Beverage Indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (8674) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Pours reddish brown with thick white head, aroma is caramel, some apricot, touch of hops, and some biscuity malt. Taste is a bit fruity and hoppy up front, leading into caramel, apricot, some bread and even nuts, with a slightly bitter and dry finish. Pretty good, but nothing outstanding about it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Bottle:   Deep caramel, reddish hued, thin sudsy white head, spotty lacing.   Sweet fruity and malty nose.   Has aspects of pear and apple on the nose.   Hop aroma, very light.   Rather fruity on the tongue.   Malty, but not terribly heavy.   Hops are very subtle, almost nil.   Lots of apple and pear skin from start to finish.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Could stand to be a little bit heaftier.   As is its very smooth, not overly sweet.   Good Barley Wine, even if a little softer than most.   Welcome change compared to most of the PNW examples that can be brash.

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