Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2009 07 bottle, had this in October 08. Pours cloudy dark Amber/brown color with no head and minimal carbo. Sweet malty, dark fruit aroma w/ vanilla and caramel bustin through. The taste was the same. Sweet with nice malty flavors..My type of BW. Not good, Great!!
Drake (7945) - 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 (2203) - 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.
maxwelldeux (3070) - Everett, Washington, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Pours a surprising near-black color with almost no head on it at all. The aroma on this is fairly light, but there is a noticeable boozy caramel smell to it. Taste is a little sweet with some light toastiness to it, as well as caramel. Pretty smooth as well.
ericdevin (591) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from 16 Tons Taphouse. 2011 vintage. Pours a translucent medium brown. Nose very boozy, caramel, vanilla. Super boozy, finish brown sugar, very rich.
UDBeernut (1480) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 bottle pours brown with a red tint, cream hued head. lots of toffee, caramel, toast. thick coating body. high test abv to boot. we had a moment.
Aubrey (3417) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick, rich, delicious and complex. Loaded with sappy caramel, apples, raisins and more. Soft, gentle and fluffy carbonation. Fruity alcohol note. Warming. Finish is lightly toasted with hints of burnt molasses. A mild bitterness struggles to keep up with the sweetness. Really tasty, but its sweetness is a tad too much.
fcjack1 (105) - Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2014
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap @ the Red Hot. Dark brown with a reddish tint. Scent of chocolate. Taste its super sweet and really boozy. Some chocolate, some caramel and a little bourbon. Gives a good burn. Me likey.
Ferris (2026) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft - Sweet plum, toffee and dark berries. Jet black no head. Candy sweetness, almost like the powdered grape and a bubblegum finish. A bit too sweet for my taste.
cstuartj (928) - Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap, pours a dark muddy brown red, not much head, no lacing. Nose is heavy with dark ripe fruit, sugars, malt. taste is very sweet, lots of alcohol, but not too unbalanced. finishes long and wet and not unpleasant.
wedgie9 (1792) - 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.