durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, about 18 months old. Pours deep clear copper with big beige head. Nose of hops, though no longer fresh, and not huge anyway. Malts are more bready and dry than sweet, which surprised me a bit. Some toffee and mild fruit as well as brown sugar. Some booze. Dry palate. Not bad, but not my favorite Pisgah offering.
Beerona97 (2397) - 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.
rudolf (2341) - 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 it’s 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. I’m 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.
craftbeerdesign (2176) - 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.
bitbucket (2159) - 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.
jcnielsen (2108) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Pisgah. Pours a dark brown color with white head. Malty, caramel, malty sweet flavors. A little above average barley wine.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big butterscotch aroma right up front. Flavor is medium sweet with a good hit of brown sugar and a firmly hoppy finish. A bit abrasive, perhaps it will mellow with some time in the bottle.