Ughsmash (7387) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber, 2009 Vintage. Poured deep amber with a short, swirly beige head. The aroma was deep and seductive, with a blend of aged molasses, Port wine, spiked caramels, and dulce de leche.. warm bourbon was almost perfectly integrated.. I love when barrel treatments complement base beers, and this nailed it! The flavor held serve.. tangy and lightly acidic bourbon and oak opened on the tip of the tongue.. warm Port, caramel, and vanilla followed.. the bourbon rolled through and kept the drink bright (not allowing it to turn into a sugary malt bomb).. finished with delicious, softly aged malts, bourbon tang, and a hint of coconut. Heavy-bodied with lower carbonation on the palate.. very good balance.. awesome brew!
craftycarl21 (2300) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 bottle purchased at Toronado and shared with Bryan. Really a stunning beer. Nose and flavor rife with gorgeous port and madeira vinous tones, mellowed-bourbon vanilla and very little heat after 3.5 years of age, and amazing molasses, caramel, plum, and raisin. Touches of nuttiness and lighter stone fruit shines through as well. Awesome, glad I spotted it on their list.
madmitch76 (18659) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
23rd June 2010
Cloudy brown beer. No real head. Minerally nose with sherry and coca cola notes. Softish palate, a tad dry. Sweet coconut and malt. Subtle cherry in the undertone. Moderate and smooth bourbon with a little unsweet wood. Smooth finish with mild bitterness in the aftertaste.
msante79 (2216) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from City Beer. Pours murky brown with small tan head. Aromas of bourbon, caramel, vanilla, booze, and thick malts. Flavors of thick caramel malts, vanilla, bourbon, and underlying tartness. Little hot and thick but this was pretty tasty..
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark ruby-brown-black with a thin tan head, fast to dissipate. Aroma is dark fruit, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, slightly acidic. Taste is dark fruit, vanilla, caramel, bourbon, and funk. The funkiness here is very nice and a credit to the quality of the beer. The mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy and nice. I liked it. Overall, a very nice barley wine. Very enjoyable. Would certainly get this again.
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - JAN 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle@Home, vintage 2009. Sweet, complex and very well balanced Barley Wine, slightly oxidized (in a good way). Barrel Ageing did have some effect but 10 months wasn’t noticeable.
joeneugs (4305) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011 bottle tasted fresh. It pours very dark ruby brown with a thin ring of tan foam. The aroma is a nice balance of dark red fruit and bourbon. A little bit of acid maybe and strong alcohol esters as well. The flavor is ridiculously rich with lots of raisins, caramel, wood and bourbon. The barrel aging was executed really well here with the bourbon and wood flavors supporting the base beer without overwhelming it. The mouthfeel is very thick and slick with low carbonation. Not exactly flat, but close. It’s perhaps a bit hot at the moment. An enjoyable sipper.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - OCT 1, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009. Holy crap, Sean, thanks for sharing this ancient Whale! Another beer I never thought I’d try. Cool, the aroma lays a little flat, but gives some fruity spice and a touch of that warming oaky Bourbon. Chewy, refined silky sugars hold up a graceful and mature rich malt base. Figs, plums, and candied apples. Based on memory, this tastes as good, if not better, as any other Bourbon barrel Barleywines I’ve had. Noticeable warmth brings up the finish and helps me remember the joys of autumn. Little oxidation, has held up well. Married, smooth, with a nice balance of noticeable Bourbon barrel and the good, complex malts. A special treat.
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared at a recent BA/RB tasting... [2009 Vintage] Poured dark orange with a thin head. Slightly oxidized. Bourbon whiskey tones with oak, heat, and strong sweetness. Still some hop bitterness which balanced everything fairly well. Toasted grains and very much sugar forward.
dchmela (2848) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 Bomber shared with friends. Deep brown pour with little head. Huge oak, vanilla, bourbon and citrus all poking through in the aroma. Great flavor blend. Sweet malt, caramel, vanilla, citrus hops and bourbon in the taste. A tad sweet, but very smooth and not boozy. Very nice.