curly (2397) - Redmond, Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy dark brown pour with a thick foamy beige head. Aroma of honey, berry and alcohol. Creamy texture with roast caramel and berry.
OldGrowth (2348) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, from brewery. Good aroma, sweet. malty, chocolate, caramel, fruity, orange, fig/date, little berry, little orange, little leather, little candied sugar. Clean dark orange color, Big Head, good lace. Bittersweet flavor, doesnít have quite as much as aroma. caramel, candied sugar, berries stand out to me, Medium body, oily creamy mouth feel, bitter dry finish. Good brew, was still a little on the hot side with the ABV and could of sat a while longer, IMO. Aroma, was good for a lot of little nuances as it warmed.
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.
rudolf (2304) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, thanks Mike! Amber body, white head. Nose is honey, older hops, a bit of malt. Flavor is honey malts, a bit of roast, cocoa, alcohol.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Noogfest 08 courtesy of KP. Pours a dark amber with a white head. This has a fizzy, almost Belgian influenced texture. Initial flavor of toasted grains, bread, and cookie that transitions to a grapefruit, herbal, and somewhat minty bitterness. I did not pick up as much English traits as everyone else. This one seemed to struggle for identity on my palate.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
April 2008 bottle. Caramelized grain aroma, this sample from the bottom of the bottle is murky and dark brown. Smooth and rich, little sharp alcohol, mostly creamy caramel with a waxy finish.
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.
jrob21 (2189) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle back from Bruisin’ Ales. Murky reddish brown color with a decent fizzy tan head that lasts for a while. Smooth, malty bw that is not hopped up but still tasty. Raisin and molasses aromas with a bit of caramel and floral hops in there to balance. Well carbonated, medium bodied beer. Finish is a little bitter and alcoholic. Before that though you get some plum and raisin flavors. Would expect a little more body and malt backing from a bw but this one is pretty good and relatively easy to drink.
bitbucket (2144) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
22, capped. Thanks, RiversideAK! Pours clear, coppery dark amber with a dense cloud of bubbles that settle out to a lacy off-white ring of foam. Caramel, brown sugar, fruit in the aroma. Creamy medium body and moderate carbonation. Finishes dry and a little hot.
craftbeerdesign (2132) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
sample on Nov 6, 2008. pours a deep red with a small white head. aromas of fresh piney hops... medium to full smooth body with a nice bitter presence. this one was fresh and the hops really shined. a great american english barley wine mixture.