ads135 (4607) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 18, 2012
A nice barleywine, dominantly plum and alcohol, but traces of raisin and toffee. Thin and deep reddish brown. Bought in Juneau at the 4 IGERT workshop. DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bomber. 2011 batch. A dark amber brew with a rich nose of plums, alcohol, leather, and something earthy. Everything about this is delicious...rich and boozy, sweet without being cloying, hoppy but only as an accent, and finishes like a warm bath. Yum. jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Bottle sampled at a tasting. From notes. 2008 vintage. Boozy in a good way, with vanilla, caramel, dark fruits and a little oak. Pretty darn awesome. mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2003
On tap at the 2003 Toronado Barleywine Festival: A very nice subtle smoke flavor. Solid malt backbone. Very subtle underlying hop flavor and bitterness. Quite light. Nice!! OldMrCrow (2437) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2012 ’07 bottle, fresh
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Oh my goodness! This is a superb west-coast barley wine. Rich brown pour with red highlights and a lovely full head. Big floral citric aroma, big dark caramel sugars, alcohol. That’s good, but the taste is what really shines. Lovely balance of brown sugar molassas malts and orange with mint hops; bananas flambes, subtle yeast-driven spices, lovely resiny close. Dang this thing is good. Outrageously good. Slightly hot, but otherwise so smooth in the mouth, full and creamy, literally dangerously drinkable (I cruised through a bomber over dinner, which I usually don’t for the 10+ abv beers, despite trying to hold back.)
It’s good now, but this one is going to be a world beater with 2 or 3 years of age on it. I cannot wait to explore the age profile for this beer. It could easily pull a 4.4 or even 4.5 once the alcohol mellows and the flavors meld. Fantastic! 8/5/9/4/17
2+ years old 2007 bottle, rated 1/25/10. Seems that I predicted this one correctly. This has become insanely good. Butterscotch nose and chocolate plus molasses in the flavor, beautifully rounded by the well-aging hops, all of heat dissipated by a couple of years in the bottle. Definitely high end, could be 9/5/9/4/18=4.5. I’ll bump to 4.4.
4/30/10. Really durn good, and easy-drinking in that I just cruised another bomber on an empty stomach. The alcohol seems a bit too obvious, though, I’m thinking more like 4.3 than the 4.5 I called it a few months back.
11/20/10. Seems past its prime, the old cheese coming forward and the
alcohol still heated. I think I prefer it a bit fresher. This is more like a 4.1 bottle. Fortunately, I’ve got ’08 and ’09 in the cellar.
1/16/12. The 2008 is now far past its prime.
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Pours quite dark, elegant. Lovely sipping BW, fairly laid back on the hops, richly malty, delicious fruits, not overly complex right now but so nice to sip that I can hardly complain. Not a show-off BW, but rather a well-balanced well-crafted one. I probably would have gone about 4.1 rather than 4.3 on this glass, but my palate may have been damaged by the Full Sail Bourbon BA Imperial Porter that proceeded it.
Pours very dark for style, deep mahogany with a dense of-white head. Very clear, with ruby notes. Aroma is wonderful Northwest hops upfront, very fresh (dry hopped?), followed closely by dark malts, producing some chocolate and hints of coffee aromas. Flavor follows through after aroma, with more NW hops, and a great dark chocolate character. Aftertaste is more dark chocolate, backed by more NW hops. Body is pleasantly full. Great American-style Barleywine! One of the best! craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2009 2008 bomber thanks to TheBeerSommelier!!! deep red color with small white head. thick aromas of hops, caramelized malts and spice. this carries through the full body. plenty of dark fruit, apple and sugar are also noticeable... wonderful spicy, bitter strong finish.... overall this is a very well balanced barley wine that would age extremely well in addition to being stellar fresh. CapnCascade (116) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 16, 2009
2008 edition in a bomber from Whole Foods Seattle South Lake Union. Pours rich, dark ruby, bordering on dark brown or black, moderate beige head with some retention and good lacing. Aromas of brown and caramelized sugar, citrus rind, figs, plums, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves. Flavour develops dark fruit, sweet spice, piney hops, some tree fruit right at the beginning and a long, warm, boozy finish dried out with bittering hops. Fairly creamy mouthfeel with balanced carbo. Excellent. beerbaaron (1998) - Arizona, USA - MAR 3, 2013
2011 vintage. Deep dark walnut. Small off-white head. Aroma is rich, very malty, carmely, a little dark fruity, a little boozy. First sip..wow, excellent. Big, full body, sweet, some roastiness, syrupy. Flavor is malty, caramel, dark fruit. Balanced, Well done. Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 30, 2008
rusty brownish red with a small light brown head that fades fast.nice aroma of cotton candy,smoke,pine hops,and alcohol.the flavor is a mix of the aroma.very nice and pretty balanced considering how young it is.i think some time would mellow out the alcohol,although it would do the same to the hops which really give it a nice flavor now.