egajdzis (6673) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2007
Poured a brownish ruby red color with a small, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dried fruits, citrus, vanilla, molasses, and alcohol heat. Taste of tart citrus, vanilla, sweet caramel malts, tobacco, light grapefruit hops, resin, some earth, with a bit of alcohol in the finish. Pretty enjoyable, I liked it! Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Pours a deep reddish brown color with hardly any head. Aroma of sweet/fruity malt and alcohol. Flavor is initially sweet with a nice bitter/alcoholic swallow. Very Good Barleywine. drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2009
22 oz bomber. Very nice. Red brown body with a good whitish head. Aroma is very sweet, highlighted by bready malts. Flavor is quite sweet, malty, bready, but not cloying at all. A bit syrupy, but very drinkable. deyholla (11914) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2009
On tap at MBG Summer Festival. Poured a light brown with a dark off-white head. Aroma consisted of sweet grains, kind of like something from cereal. Flavor was full of sweet malts with a developing subtle fruit taste towards the end. Quite thick. I particularly enjoyed the way the beer finished. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 6, 2009
tasting sample on 11/5/09... 2006 bottle. pours a dark red... a sweet malt driven aroma with some fruit notes... sweet apple / raisin mouthfeel... big strong finish. any hops have faded... pretty much all malt driven at this point. enjoyable, but nothing special.
blutt59 (6573) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2009
2008 bottle, by trade with beachbum25, thick syrupy pour with lots of tan foam, aroma of malty maple syrup, flavors are similar with lots of good maple syrup, nuts, rum raisin and buttery finish Leighton (21880) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2009
On tap at Ginger Man, NYC. Pours a dark brown/maroon with a slight, white head. Sugary sweet aroma with notes of caramel and dark fruits. Taste is faintly hoppy with a small dose of malts. Most of the flavor is sweetness: brown sugar, toffee, some chocolate. Hints of red wine, or maybe whiskey. Either way, it’s hints of alcohol. Nice, lingering sweet finish. Made a great sipping beer. Good stuff. fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2010
12 oz bottle pours dark murky red color with head that whisps away quickly. Aroma is raisin, plum, brown sugar. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose, has subtle hops, caramel sweetness, and finishes with a nice dark fruit flavor. There is no noticeable booze in this and has nice layers of complexity to it. Is real nice. dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Sample at Hell with the Lid off. ’06 - Pours light gold with amber hues. Caramel nose with alcohol present. Sweet caramel flavor and bitter. Reasonably dry. ’07 - Better than ’06. More caramel with more alcohol, same bitterness, but with mild chocolate notes. Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Bomber. 2009 vintage. Pours a deep ruby red with a small yellowish head. Nice looking BW. Aroma has full sweet maltiness, decent floral and fruit notes, with just a touch of hops. Pleasant aroma. Flavor is again with the generic heavy maltiness, lighter hops, medium-sweet overall with the same fruitiness detected in the aroma. Pretty balanced flavor. The barleywines I’ve tried sometimes have a tendency to be too heavy in one flavor I’ve noticed. This one is quite round, drinkable too because of the lower ABV. Heavy viscosity, medium carbonation, gooey finish. I really like this BW. Very smooth and friendly as far as BW’s go. This would be an easy, affordable go-to BW if bombers were distrubuted in my area. Overall, very good to excellent.