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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.

axilla's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Pours a hazy medium/dark body with a small off-white head and some mild soapy lacing. It has a dusty aroma with some thin caramel and charred oak. The flavor is also very dusty with notes of cigar smoke, toasted malts, carmamel, and oak with some whiskey and subtle hops in the finish. All of the flavors are a bit thin and watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kayres (827) - , Georgia, USA - SEP 26, 2014
Dark brown thin tan head. Super fruity nose. Very sherry and sweet apple. Very winey and almost a tray finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
stumpyiliz (217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Definitely faded over the years clout is carbonated but low on suds. Taste is overwhelming vanilla bourbon tied to lusciously worked malts. Nicely cellared and can’t thank brewtopia enough for this gem....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (22400) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2012
16th October 2010
Cloudy red- brown beer, small tan head. Odd sweet farmyard nose. Light semi dry palate, slightly soft. Sweet milk dominates with bourbon and wood subservient. A whisper of banana. Dry finish with more of the same. Slightly odd but quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12756) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 18, 2011
(1L bottle) Pours a cloudy orange body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of cherry, mustiness, nuts, brown sugar, and light cardboard. Flavor of cherry, bread, citrus, caramel, and some oxidation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pushkinwow (2627) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2011
1 litre swing top bottle from 2008. Knew about the souring issues going in but have hung onto a couple of bottles just to see what happens. Lots of whey, lactose, and sourness/funk with some citrus on the aroma. High carbonation, tartness, medium body, decent tart and dry finish. Actually not that bad considering its off - nothing like a barleywine though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Bottle shared at sourfest. Pours with a hazed brown body with a small off-white head. Aromas of raisins, dark fruits, coconut, oak and oxidation. Flavors are a touch tart, currants, dark fruits, raisins, oxidation. Light bubbles.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
alexsdad06 (9140) - Ohio, USA - JUN 5, 2011
1 liter swingtop bottle shared by a local BA, 2008 vintage. Pours a deep, hazy plum body with a three-finger reddish beige head. The aroma has a sweet/sour thing going on that contains ripe fruit (cherries, apples), caramel, and tart funk that hints at infection. The flavor has a heavy lactic sourness that interferes with tart fruit, caramel and barrel notes. Medium body. Disappointing that this has not held up well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (17721) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 8, 2011
Kirschiger Geruch, leicht süß. Kirschig-herber, insgesamt aber eher milder Antrunk. Ab dem Mittelteil hefiger, sehr leicht herb, noch leichter säuerlich. Ausgewogen, die Säuerlichkeit passt zu der aufkommenden, dann aber verharrenden Fruchtigkeit. Ausgewogen, zum Ende ansprechend bitter und etwas streng alkoholisch. Für den Alkoholgehalt ein sehr süffiger Barley Wine! 11/11/11/11/8/11

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Much more a farmhouse ale than a barleywine. Enjoyable nonetheless. The flavor was mostly sour, sour fruit with little sweetness and mild citrus rind bitterness. The carbonation was appropriately flat. Nose was not bold enough. Definitely worth drinking if you like farmhouse ales.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
johnnnniee (3816) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Review from notes, sampled 1/13/2008 Pours a clear dark copper that shows ruby highlights when held up to the light. Two finger off white head dissipates quickly lacing the glass on the way down. Aroma is of oak and spicey, perfumey hops. Has a medicinal or solvent smell and taste. I couldn’t finish the glass I poured. I hope that I got a bad bottle because their stuff is usually pretty good!

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