DocLock (10721) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Bomber from PUB’R Vice President and Cambodian friend of mine Nunya Fuckenbizness. Pours thick and turbid ruddy muddy Carolina brown, and I see more floaties and particles dripping out of the bottle than I’d like. The head is sparse and short-lived, but laces fairly well. Nose is, <Channels former college football announcer Keith Jackson> Holy Shit, lemme tell ya ’bout the nose, Bob Griese. This one is more complex than the Wing T formation. A complex medley of spirity oak, pruney, plummy, and vinous fruit, molasses, brown sugar, port wine, and cacao. Tastes rich, very oaky, with a huge honey flavor, big citrus, cacao, brandy, brown sugar, and hops. Finishes complex ad delicious. Folks, this is as good as it gets for a barleywine. It does everything it needs to, has no deductions, and ramps up the degree of difficulty with the honey and brown sugar additions and oak brandy aging. I can find no deductions here. What a treat, what a beer, and this beer should be used as the paradigm of what I mean when I refer to the "Beer/Wine/Spirit Triple Point"...and to blow your mind further, throw Mead in there and ponder the unponderable to the point of never being discussed "Quadruple Point of Beer", a concept so revolutionary that it is beyond most people’s comprehesion. I can’t even fathom a Venn Diagram to illustrate this concept yet, but I am working feverishly on it, punks! One of the harder to acquire beers I have yet quaffed, and one of the best yet. hamilton23 (619) - Alpine, California, USA - OCT 22, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2011 Poured from a 22oz bottle. Pours cola brown with just a bit of thin head. Aroma is tons of brandy barrel with elements of toffee, vanilla and brown sugar. Taste follows the nose. Sweet with hints of dried fruit, brown sugar and a touch of heat from the barrel. I will need to get more of this one for sure. A great beer. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2011
650 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small khaki head that soon fades to a fine film. The aroma is big and bold with dark fruits, honey, leather and toffee. The flavor mirrors the aroma with the honey really noticeable, I also can pick out mild brandy, raisins, leather, toffee and some sherry. There is a hint of hot alcohol on the back end but it does not distract. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long with lingering brandy notes. Overall: Wow, I really did not expect this from these guys. Awesome stuff. hopscotch (11159) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Bottle… Murky brown ale with a small, creamy cappuccino head. The bouquet is a marriage of caramel, mocha and brandy with a hint of vanilla. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and lazy carbonation. Sweet caramel, brandy and toasted malt goodness. Not boozy or hot, but yeah, tons of great brandy flavor. Toasty, caramely, warming finish. Many thanks to biggsbowler for sharing his bomber with growler and me! 48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - OCT 23, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2011 22oz bottle. Fairly dark pour for a BW with a thin rim of off white head. There was actually a little lacing as well which was a nice surprise. Nose of toffee, dark fruit, maybe caramel and if course some heat. Taste follows the nose. A nice warming heat in the back from the brandy. Also some oak and a hint of brown sugar. The only thing I would want is a tad bit more sweetness but this is still a real good one.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Bomber. Poured very rich garnet-tinted brown with an easily-resuscitated smoked beige head. The aroma picked up sweet brandy, vanilla, aged caramel, and brown sugar first, with deeper honey and molasses not far behind.. tangy oak and peppery alcohol brightened up the edges of the nose.. large and in charge, but well-composed. The flavor opened with tangy oak and vinous notes.. dry bready, honey, and toffee support followed.. spicy brandy, warm alcohol, and dry, aged oak on the edges.. finished uber-dry with hits of floral honey and rich brandy.. lovely warm alcohol kick in the nose after the swallow.. excellent stuff! Heavier-bodied and dry as mentioned on the palate.. fairly syrupy feel to it, and the honey helped coat the mouth.. fantastic brew that I’d love to try again. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2012
Dark brown pour, light tan head. Sweet aroma of honey, brandy, oak, raisins and dates. Sweet flavor, oak, brandy, honey, dates, figs...bad ass. Thanks to stefanje! Great brew. JohnnyJ (5570) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2011 22oz bottle. Dark brown pour, with a short creamy light tan head. Good head retention. Toffee, raisin, dried fruit, dark chewy malts, caramelized sugar, honey, brandy, and slightly earthy. This beer is warming, but not at all boozy, the abv is well hidden. A really nice surprise treat. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle. Nice looking dark reddish brown with a short lived creamy off white head. Slightly musty, slightly alcoholic, and slightly sour aroma of caramel green apple pear brandy and vanilla. Nice thick smooth creamy, buttery palate. tastes of caramel vanilla apple brandy and oak with some chocolate notes on the back end. Quite good. BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Think this one was supplied by Dak @ Woodshed 1.0! Really surprised by this one...deep molasses, loads of toffee, and thick caramel accompanied by oak, vanilla, brandy, and dark fruit. Really sweet but not at all cloying the ABV is hidden. Chew on some granulated brown sugar and you’ve tasted this...remarkable really!