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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 363   ABV: 12.1%
Our fourth in the Firehouse Ales Series, Pompier means "fireman" in French and represents our continued commitment to celebrate and honor the men and women who respond to the call day after day. Pompier is rich and smooth with complexities that come from a huge grain bill comprised of premium imported specialty malts, French Strissel Spalt aroma hops and a 3 month aging process in oak hogsheads where it is combined with toasted French oak wood chips and champagne yeast. Pompier is intended to be a vintage quality English-Style Barleywine with a French twist. Appreciate its fine character and 12.1%ABV when we release this single 10 barrel batch sometime in December or you may choose to cellar it for many years to come.

You will find Pompier on retail shelves packaged in the same 1 Liter Swing-Top bottle that has become a signature for our specialty beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 14, 2008
Bottle. Pours a deep almost opaque ruby. The aroma was whisky and oak(chardonnay?). The whiskiness carried into the flavor but without the burn going down the back of the throat. Thick full bodied sticky palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mcox90 (1931) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2008
1 Liter Swing Top bottle. Pours a hazy ruby amber color with a frothy off white head & spotty lacing. Nose is sweet dark fruits, malts & alcohol. Flavor is sweet malts, a bit of caramel, toffee, fruity esters, all backed with a slight oak taste. Despite the high alcohol content, Pompier didnít have the heavy medicinal taste some barleywines have. Very good effort from Pennichuck.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
Thanks to Mike and Sandeep for sharing this (fairly pricey) bottle. 1L fliptop bottle listed at 12.1 % ABV. Deep hazy rich brown colour with a thick tan head. Aroma is incredibly fruity with loads of blackberry and sweet toffeeish maltiness. A bit of chewy caramelly sweetness, some licorice and a bit of caramelly oaky sweetness. Fairly vineous with some sticky sweetness. Itís a bit too sweet right now, but itís okay. A soft vanillaish character that I think will settle down wtih another year or two on it. Lingering earthy/woody bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimhilt (2559) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 3, 2008
Pours a one finger, off-white head that goes quickly and leaves some lace. Almost clear amber color. Nose is malts and alcohol. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is sweet alcohol, malty, smooth, warming. Lingering alcohol after taste. Pricey at $14.99 for a 1L flip top bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH. Label has the ABV at 12.1%.

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