wedgie9 (2504) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on 1/7/13 from a capped 650mL bomber bottle sent to me as an extra in a trade long ago. Pours opaque cola brown with very thin lace that quickly disappears, leaving nothing. The nose is all about the caramel malt with toffee, malty toast, and some esthery fruit. The flavor is a bit more with the fruitiness, and all of the caramel, toffee, and maple with some nice roasted bitterness on the back of the palate. The body is huge with light carbonation and a long malty sweet, lightly fruity, and nicely roasted bitter finish.
mikem409 (1781) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Cola color with solid gwad. Aroma of caramels dipped in cream. Taste is creamy smooth with faint grass. 2013 vintage
zoucrew102 (782) - - FEB 8, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber, 2013 vintage. Rich dark fruit aroma with notes of caramel and toffee. Pours Amber-red with a thin tan head that dissipates almost immediately and no lacing. Starts with sweet caramel and toffee malt flavors. Finishes impeccably smooth with a lot of dark fruit flavors and a little bit of warming booze. Fantastic sweet barleywine.
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - FEB 8, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated on 4-27-2013 (Bottled 121712) This beer has a small and very fizzy head that quickly dissipated, reddish brown body and fast rising carbonation. The flavor is toasted malt, sweet and alcohol. The flavor is alcohol, sweet, malt, and fruity. The mouthfeel is warming and has a burning effect on the back of my throat. This is a sipping beer that is worth trying, but I did not enjoy the throat burn.
stevoj (2711) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Barley wine bottle share on 1/31. Reddish brown color with a little head. Aroma of malt, caramel and rye, sweetness and alcohol. Flavor of sweet malt, alcohol and caramel. Ends up bitter and with a nice warming finish from the alcohol.
jsnicholas (340) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (22oz $12 2013): Pours dark brown with 1 finger brown head. Smell booze and sweetness. Taste the same. This is a very nice sipper, good for after dinner, not as good mid afternoon, my mistake. I can’t overstate how sweet this is, almost candy like. Sticky. Nice warming in the end though.
AdamJackson (3426) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown to black with reddish hues. no head. Nose is sweet toffee with licorice and brown sugar. Taste is sweet, very malty, a bit medicinal actually a lot of cough syrup. finish is very woody.
jake65 (2871) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 2012 vintage enjoyed Memorial Day weekend 2014. Dark chocolate colored pour with few bubbles and no real head. Nose is aromatic with dark fruits, toffee, caramel, and faded florals. It reeks of classic PNW barleywine. Translates the same to the taste, with the addition of chocolate. Good overall,
tmongoose (1590) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber shared pours a dark red to brown semi transparent with light tan head. The aroma is deep malt and dark fruits and Booze. Really nice aroma. The flavor is deep and rich plenty of deep malts and some sweetness and alcohol. Lots is dark fruits in the flavor and oh did I say there is a nice alcohol warmth.
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber, 2012 vintage. Pours a hazy brown color with a thin frothy brown head. Good head retention. Aroma of strong burnt sugar, toffee, roast, mild raisin, bitter hops. The taste is burnt sugars, toffee, raisin, green, herbal hops,anise, booze. Medium-full bodied, hot, low carbonation.
superspak (3215) - Michigan, USA - MAR 8, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/17/2012. Pours hazy nearly opaque dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a ring of lace that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge raisin, prune, fig, pear, apple, caramel, molasses, toffee, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, tobacco, leather, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, prune, fig, pear, apple, caramel, molasses, toffee, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, tobacco, leather, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, prune, fig, pear, apple, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, brown bread, light chocolate, tobacco, leather, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester flavors; with an awesome malt/yeast balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an insane English Barleywine. All around incredible complexity and balance of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. An extremely amazing offering.