davey101 (617) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled November 2011. 22 oz bomber into a snifter. Served at cellar temperature.
A - Very dark red, almost bordering on black. Creamy light khaki head with great lacing and retention.
S - Reminiscent of an old ale. Strong on the malts. Caramel, toffee, and candied dark fruits. Some earthy yeast and oak, as well as subtle cocoa and coffee notes.
T - Caramel and toffee. Super sweet malt with rich dark fruits and oaky vanilla. Some brown sugar and molasses round it out. The finish is light booze and belgian yeast. No hop presence at all. Very silky and creamy mouth feel. Carbonation is a bit excessive. Alcohol isnít noticeable at all.
O - A very good English style barley wine. Pretty things nailed the style. This beer is worthy of the cellar.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle... medium bright brown with a yellowish tan head, lasting lace... the aroma was a bit dead, molasses, caramel, alcohol... this needs some time, this was really hot, way too much alcohol, a bit of brown sugar, dark fruits, a bit of chalk, nothing wrong with it, just didnít really impress me, needed to be sweeter to hide the alcohol
boFNjackson (4025) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at a recent BA/RB tasting... Brown pour with little to no head. Mostly sweet and one dimensional. Not bad tasting, just not overly complex. A hint of caramel, some toasted nuttiness. Short, yeasty finish.
bhensonb (10352) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 26, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from City Beer. Pours really dark ruddy copper with a slight, transient beige/tan head. Aroma is definitely malty, but thereís a lot of complex aroma bits here. Maybe chocolate is one. Roast malt another. Very full bodied. Heat is detectable, but not an issue. Flavor is? Thereís very sweet malt; and surely chocolate. BUT BANANA? And a heck of a lot of floral. Words cannot adequately describe this ale. It finishes rather sweetish banana, but somehow thatís not offensive. This is really great s...
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
shared by jtc-22oz bottle-pours amber with offwhite bubbles. Aroma is medium malt-caramel, wood, spice. Taste is spice hops, medium malt-caramel, wood, alcohol.
48FanInCali (663) - California, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber bottled nov 2011. Nice copper pour with very little head and no retention or lacing. After a vigorous swirl nose bleeds out some sweet malt, booze, and a slight chemically off flavor. Taste follows and is boozy. That plastic chemical nose follows through slightly to the taste. Hard to get past that. Mouthfeel is more Quad like than BW. Just ok for me.
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DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Pours turbid ruby deep orangy with 2-finger uniform off-white head. This one looks great, a definite 4-5, especially at this Plato level. Nose is..oh shit, the nose is fruity, caramel malty, but has some of that plasticy ringwood yeasty aroma. The taste is malty, fruity, rich and smooth and velvety, but has a plasticy flavor that is somewhat offputting.
jtclockwork (7110) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Yanick. Pours dark brown with small tan head. Nose/taste of toffee, wood, caramel, bready malts, dark fruit and cocoa. Thick full inviting mouth feel. Great sipper!
KornDogg (520) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Alcohol, Candied malt & molasses aroma. Dark amber body with thin head. Flavor starts off sweet, lots of Belgian yeast, candied malts. Hints of chocolate and fruit with an alcohol finish.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Caponeís, last fall. A young and aggressive English style barleywine. Handsome gleaming brown pour with a nice head, good lacing and retention. Huge toffee and booze in the nose, with some mild biscuit notes, a dose of spice, and some fruit underlying things a bit. Sharply boozy mouthfeel, though it comes across as initially more aggressive than it ends up being. Mellowed and warming, with a spiciness and ripeness from the different yeast strains that livens it up in interesting ways. A slight hop addition would have balanced out the sweetness and booze, but overall another fine brew from PT.