brokensail (11551) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber colored pour with an off-white head. Vanilla and oak up front with a nice dark fruit sweetness. Mild charred oak note, caramel, raisin, and very faint candied citrus. The flavor has a lot of barrel notes, particularly charred oak, bourbon, and vanilla. Good caramel and dark fruit sweetness, too, but a bit on the watery side.
Rando7 (750) - Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Should be Freudian Sip, not Slip.
Bomber from Bine and Vine. Pours reddish gold with beautiful yellow thick head. Great lacing. Aroma mainly sweet malts and pine hops. Taste caramel malts with bourbon and slight oak replaced by pine/resin hops. Finish mainly pine. Palate thin and really detracted overall. Interesting alcohol burn combined with the cold sensation of the pine hops.
I didn’t care for the balance. I couldn’t tell what the brewer was going for with this one.
daknole (9439) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lightly cloudy goldish pour, fluffy white head. Lots of bourbon,vanilla, oak, salt water taffy, nice hops. Its sweet from the barrel, but hoppy too. Pretty well balanced beauty.
bhensonb (11512) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Always good to be the first. Bomber from Bine & Vine. Pours darkly ruddy copper with a good beige creamy/foamy head. Light bourbon/vanilla aroma, but there’s some heavy roast malt too. Med + body. Flavor is heavy caramel, hint of chocolate, fairly heavy bourbon/vanilla, and some hop bitter. Hard to pick the hop. This is really excellent. The barrel aging was exquisitely timed. The heat isn’t really anything. It’s something that yearns to be barley wine, but it lacks the malt to get there. Good thing that. This is really delicious ale.