FedorStout (16) - Anaheim, California, USA - MAY 11, 2009
Had on tap at stone to start the day off. Smells of some hops lil bit of caramel and some alcohol. Taste is a good amount of hops with a huge alcohol finish. Not a bad alcohol finish but you can definitely taste it. A good beer for sure that started the day off right nowlets get smashed man douglas88 (9795) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2009
22oz bottle thanks to Sparky27. Wax dipped with the usual awesome label for Deschutes. Pours a ruby hue with a small white head. The aroma is lots of oak barrel, some sweet caramel and fruits, sweet and nice. The flavor is similar; sweet barrel aged goodness. caramel, sweet candies, vanilla, grapes, light bitter hops in the finish struggle to get through. Very nice. The different oak barrels really show here, sweet flavors and a touch of bourbon. bhensonb (15969) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Bottle from the Coop in Davis, CA. Pours a brilliant reddish copper with a stiff tan/beige head. Aromas of sweet caramel and piney hop. Medium body with fine, frothy carbonation. Flavor is caramel with a lot of floral and resin. There’s some heat. Finishes sweet, but with bitter. There’s lots of everything in this wonderful ale. It keeps changing with each sip. wetherel (1899) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Taste from bottle at PP bottle shop. Very nice. Some sweetness. Lots of carmelization, from either long boil or from barrel. I don’t get much if any buttery barrel aged goodness in the aroma/taste. Very nice medium to strong hoppiness. Very drinkable. Very delicious. arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 8, 2009
1/2 pint on tap at the Falling Rock for Barleywine month. I had this beer a couple years back but I couldn’t remember if it was good. It is very good. It looks like your standard American barleywine, ruddy orange with a soapy white head. It was also rather opaque. The smell was caramel and sweetness. The flavor was bitter yet smooth with a creamy mouthfeel. i couldn’t taste the barrel or the alcohol. Deschutes needs to whip up another batch of this good stuff!
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 02-09-2008 17:30:37
rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Bomber from Tops Liquors.
Pours a nice reddish brown with a decent beige head. Aroma is citrus, hops, caramel, malt, touch of oak. Flavor is citrus, hops, malt, caramel, touch of the oak barrel, touch of dark fruits. Nice oily mouthfeel and well balanced. A tad boozy, but thats what I have grown to expect and love about big beers like this one. Cant wait to see how this ages, I enjoyed it quite a bit. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2009
2009 bomber. Pours clear amber with a 2 finger beige head that results in really nice lacing. The nose is citrus hops, caramel and booze. The taste is vanilla, ripe citrus, toffee and more booze with some resin in the finish. Oily mouthfeel. Good stuff – I’m not supposed to drink this until 2010 according to Deschutes, so I’ll drink my next one in a year to compare, but it’s pretty nice now – lots of hops. ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 7, 2009
2009 Bottle - What a bitch to open with all of that wax...Pours amber almost garnet with a small, creme coloured head, just beautiful to look at...aroma is massive in every way, vanilla, grape, barrel, dark fruit, hop flowers, tons more that I can’t describe...flavour is thick and sweet, not much bitterness to speak of, vinous with little carbonation, floral hops and grape soda...alcohol is present and a bit strong, but not to the point that it is ever unpleasant, and promises a treat in the future...overall decent now but will be incredible with some age... trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 7, 2009
2009 vintage - finally get to try this one! Mirror Pond was one of my very first favorite brews, so this is a treat. Pours a very pretty ruby-brown, with a dense, creamy, tan head. The aroma is extremely pungent, and very malt-forward. The oak from those barrels comes through, as well as dusty red wine - notes of a good cab. The bitterness from the hops is muted to the point it’s almost a bit tart instead of bitter, and the huge malt bill dominates - like caramel-covered black cherries. Damn this is a big brew. Huge mouthfeel - this is as viscous as any stout - with a perfect barley wine balance of hops and malts in the flavor. Somewhat of a blend of Samichlaus and Double Bastard. For such an elegant label, I didn’t expect this aggressive of a brew - it’s a kick in the face. Sticky sweet with a burn. This one could be cloying after more than a small glass, but it’s definitely damn good. brianprentiss (703) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 7, 2009
very very good way to end the day. had on tap at Deschutes Portland while waiting on my family for dinner. It helped to prepare for dinner with 4 kids!