ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - FEB 15, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2007 Bottle. Man, I love what Butte Creek is doing as far as brewing organically and I have nothing but total respect for them but this is probably the most appropriately named beers I’ve ever tried. The flavor was all over the place. This is simply a train wreck. trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2007
2007 release. Clear copper pour with a thick but squatty off-white head. Oranges, citrus, hops, pine, earth, and malt make up the nose. Big malt and big hops in the taste. Lots of resin with less grapefruit. Not well balanced, but both tastes are great. loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 18, 2007
I haven’t rated a beer in a looong time. I had to write this just to say how bad this beer is. Horrible rotten garbage aroma and flavor on top of a burnt, piney tone. The flavors just do not blend well together. I can’t believe the brewers tasted this and okayed it to be bottled. YUK! robertjm (895) - Albany, California, USA - MAY 11, 2007
Pours frothy bubbly head, which doesn’t last too long. Cross between amber and yellow in color. Kind of hazy. Malty nose with tones of alcohol. VERY pronounced alcohol in flavor, with a hoppy aftertaste. Body is average, not overly thick like some barleywines can be. Hopes are there, but not crazy like in a Bigfoot. Heavy alcohol in the aftertaste and on the palate. HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - JUL 3, 2007
Draft. Not the most balanced barley wine. Pours with a nice copper color and a faint head. Aromas of alcohol mainly, same with the flavor. Cloyingly sweet and very pronounced alcohol notes withe a bit of malts and caramel.
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Bomber. Pours a brownish amber color with a thin layer of resinous head. The aroma is fresh caramel, molasses and toasted malt. The taste begins with a strong dose of malt and caramelized sugar flavors along with dried figs, prunes, vanilla, medicinal hops and woody alcohol. The mouthfeel is syrupy with medium carbonation and a hot, boozy finish. I’d recommend aging this one for a while to let the alcohol mellow out. Delirium (670) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2009
Bomber. Pours amber-orange with a large, lasting off-white head. Aroma is caramel malt with a noticeable bit of roast, and bit of light fruitiness with citrus hops. Flavor is quite woody with resiny citrus hops up front, with a bit of caramel and toffee malt in the background. Odd beer. Malt is a whole bunch of flavors, some complementary and some strange; the hops are somewhat aggressive initially and yet at times seem absent; and it’s not too clear where this is going. Smidgen too much of alcohol. Despite all that, it manages to be rather pleasant to drink, and I’d definitely buy it again. ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Bomber. Umm, well, this was really disappointing on many fronts. It seemed to pour and look decent, but on first sip, geez louise, I thought it was alcohol with a little malt/hop flavor mixed in. I love beer, all kinds of beer, I’m always searching for something new and inspired to taste. I’m sorry friends, I’m pouring out this bomber, I can’t drink it. There are too many tasty other offerings to enjoy and I can’t muster the will power to pound through this whole 22oz. TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 5, 2007
A decent barleywine. Very hoppy up front with a lingering warmth from the ample (10.6%) alcohol. I would like to try this again when the weather is cooler. Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Bottle from Whole Foods. Pours an opaque orange amber with oily, spotty lacing and a tiny rim of froth for a head. The aroma is sweet with citrus and piney hops. Flavors are blatantly boozy with a strong alcoholic presence and notes of pine resin, subtle caramel, nuts, and green apple. Medium carbonation and full body. Not bad, but they could have tried to hide ther ABV better for an easier drink.