corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber, 2009 vintage(?)
Pours a dark ruby/copper color with golden amber edges when held to a light and a one finger frothy yellowish beige head that quickly fades into a thick lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.
I was expecting the aroma to be very leathery/boozy but itís surprisingly sweet with dark malt notes and zesty spice. There is a touch of earthy/leathery malt and alcohol sweetness but the nose is dominated by hints of caramel, toffee and rye as well as some cinnamon, brown sugar and dark fruit. Hints of fig, raisin and plum.
Fuller bodied than expected with a beautiful balance of sweet and earthy/leathery malt as well as some autumnal spice, dark fruit, booze and faint hops. Lots of luscious sweet malt flavor with a lot caramel, toffee, chocolate, rye and hazelnut. This is countered by some zesty spice with notes of pepper, brown sugar and cinnamon. Iím also picking up some sweet dark fruit, notably raisin, plum and fig. There is some faint hop bitterness balancing things out as well as some subtle alcohol sweetness but there is little to no heat. The ABV is excellently masked with only subtle warmth in the finish, making this beer dangerously drinkable.
Overall, this beer has developed very nicely. The alcohol heat has mellowed very gracefully, allowing the sweet malt and dark fruit notes to shine. Incredibly complex, well balanced and extremely quaffable. I had to slow myself down from drinking down the whole bomber to fast. Another excellent beer from Pisgah that I highly recommend.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to a generous BA for sharing some of this at the Splinter Black release. Served in my Savor snifter.
Pour brings forth a somewhat-light copper-colored brew with a thin white cap and not too much lacing. A few bubbles around the edges. The nose is fairly complex, though all the notes are pretty related. I got a strong dose of caramel along with toffee, light brown sugar, and perhaps a bit of molasses. Some light tropical fruits in the background, but mostly just the caramel.
The taste brings forth more of the same, though the brown sugar becomes a bit more apparent. Caramel fits in strong behind it with a bit of fruit coming through in the finish. The body is medium with good enough carbonation. The problem here is that it gets to be a bit too cloying. Overall, glad I got to try this but wonít be seeking it out again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-16-2010
neepsntatties (1034) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at a recent BA/RB tasting. Colour... semi-cloudy amber with a thin head. Nose... sweet with hints of light chocolate malt. Palate... delicately frothy with a very malty character reminiscent of malted milk balls! Quite an alcohol punch then sticky toffee pudding, butterscotch candies and beeswax.
beernovice39 (3040) - Montana, USA - FEB 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at brewer. Pours a cloudy red/brown with a medium beige head. Scent is fruit, molasses, and brown sugar. Taste is molasses, fruit , brown sugar, and malts. Strong and sweet.
chriso (7306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at Barleys, Asheville on 7 July 2006 (at 9.5%). Dark copper colour. Sweet as hell with lots of hops. Thereís a big, rich treacle character. Also orange peel and chocolate orange. Some spices and fruit cake too. Full, rich mouthfeel. Hardly subtle - I guess itís not meant to be - but very interesting and packed with flavour, if maybe a little too rich and sticky to retain drinkability. Nice to sip and savour though.
BuckeyeBoy (2338) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz Bottle thanks to JohnGalt1. Pours out a copper topped with a sandy head. Aroma was nice and sweet. A good balance of caramel, citrus, and rich malts. Taste was more of the caramel sweetness, some pit fruit, brown sugar, and a little spice. A very well put together Barley Wine.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle from Greenlife Grocery in Asheville, purchased in March 2010 and opened 10/12/10. I was doing a bunch of admin work on NC beers, so I needed to crack one. This one pours a clear ruby red color with a medium tan creamy head. Good head retention and decent lacing. Toffee aroma with notes of berries, spices, hops and brown sugar. The taste is toffee, brown sugar, bitter citrus hops, plums, faint spicy notes and a faint bit of roastiness. Medium-full bodied. Good beer. Iím a sucker for brown sugar, which they add to this, so Iím digging this one quite a lot.
mephisto (1265) - TAIWAN - OCT 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewery. It has a slightly cloudy orange appearance with a thin layer of white head. Hugely hoppy aroma with note of grapefruite. Big flavor of hops, tasty.
iowaherkeye (2676) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
8/26/2008. 22oz bomber from April í08 from turdferguson. Clear dark amber with a one finger beige head. Aroma of fall leaves, brown sugar and some alcohol. Flavor is alcoholic with brown sugar, fall leaves again, and some light cereal grain. Dry finish, bitterness at a 4. Moderate to high carbonation with a full body. Not that great.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. The pour yields a clear copper-brown body with a tall, creamy head of khaki tinted foam. Showing good retention, that head leaves skinny snakes and flares of lacing on the glass. Aromas are based in brown sugar and sticky caramel malt, showing sweet, hinting at figs, dates, and various other dark fruits. Thereís a hint of nuttiness in there as well. Hops are primarily earthy, and they lend a nice edge to the otherwise malt driven nose. Flavors are largely the same, again based in caramelized brown sugar and some dark toffee, with maybe a touch of light molasses. Dried figgy fruit malts show a touch of welcomed oxidation, as hops come across earthy, with just a touch of pine. The palate sports medium-plus substance and lively carbonation (perhaps a bit too lively, in fact). Alcohol is noticeable and warm, but not overly aggressive. Overall, itís a pretty solid barleywine. There are no fatal flaws, but itís not a jaw dropper either. Good brew.