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RATINGS: 347   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
Small Batch Series: From the aroma and notes of sweet honeysuckle, pineapple, and grapefruit, to richer hints of burnt sugar, and toffee, this intriguing brew is full of complex flavors. The distinct character of toasted oak adds depth and contrasts the light fruit sweetness. This unique take on a barleywine ale surprises with its smoothness and balance of fruit, hop citrus, and warming strength.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (2242) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Copper with ring head. Honey and mild sweet citrus aroma. Honey sweet peaches and oranges with medium assertive citrus hop and some straight-up alcohol but not unpleasant. Not trying to be very complex but still a nice sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2011
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, pine, grapefruit, hop oil, lychee, light oak, a hint of pineapple, and a bit of alcohol. Poured amber in color with a small, off-white head that disappeared quickly, except for around the edges. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Odd flavor is medium sweet and heavily bitter. Tastes of hops, butter, lychee, light oak, hop oil, yeast, alcohol, vanilla, and citrus. Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, heavily biter, butter, hop, lychee, yeast, alcohol finish is lightly dry. 11.5%ABV is noticeable and a bit hot throughout. Just seems an unbalanced mess of hops, malt, oak, and butter. Not really a barleywine or IIPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2910) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 24, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2011 Bomber from BevMo. Light amber in color. Aroma is mostly of hops with a hint of sweetness. Strong oak up front with some alcohol. Some peppery hops. A little bit of sweetness. Easy sipper for the abv, but fairly boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Orange/gold pour. Alcohol is the first thing I smell followed by oak, honey, caramel. Flavor is sweet, woody, toffee, boozy finish.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Wow, weird. Very pale for a barleywine. And the smell is crazy. Tons of tree, but in a not good way. The flavor is okay, but the aroma is terrible to me. I am shocked that I am giving this the lowest score of these four new beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Pours a nice transparent red with a sticky off white head. Aroma is Papaya, Grapefruit, Spices, Hops, Oaky Tannins, malt. Flavor is oak, tannins, hops, burnt sugar, grapefruit, pineapple. Bitterness from oak, and hops is enjoyable. Body is slightly syrupy and the alcohol burn is coated by all of the complexities in the finish. Well done.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Light amber pour with a tan head. Aroma is pineapple hops, light alcohol and a little oak. Taste is fruity, woody, burnt sugar and alcohol. Nice complex flavor. Like to see how it ages.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5768) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a bright amber color with a huge foamy orange-white head that left good lacing. The aroma was sweet pineapple, grapefruit and fruit cocktail syrup. The flavor was sweet pineapple, dried papaya, grapefruit, sugar and pine with a sharp hoppy presence that really coated the tongue. The finish was long with sugar, pineapple, grapefruit and papaya lingering. Thick and full bodied. The alcohol was fairly well hidden. Wonderful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4369) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Light amber with a good sized beige head. Aroma is slightly floral, alcohol, light pepper, and melon. Taste is of alcohol, malt, caramel, melon, pine, floral.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
poisoneddwarf (2025) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Bomber. "Batch No. 1." Pours a slightly hazy orange--not blonde at all--with a large lacy orange-white head with great retention. Aroma is like moldy oranges, garbage, strong alcohol presence. Taste is bittersweet and boozy with a long bitter finish. It’s too oaky. When I have something oak aged--whether it’s beer or wine--I like the flavor subtle, not over the top nasty like this. Carbonation is medium-high. This beer is a total mess. What were they thinking here? I’ve had worse, I think I can finish this at least, but Sam Adams rarely misfires this badly on this big of a scale. Addendum: beer seemed to mellow out and got more drinkable after it warmed.

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