ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a murky dark brown color. Ridiculously murky, actually. The head is a one finger yellow shade. Retention is superb for 10% - a couple of minutes have passed by and it’s still standing. Good lacing, too.
S: This one smells really hoppy - actually not so much hoppy as it is just bitter smelling. It’s about 6 months old and has still retained a nice hop bite to it. Beneath the piny hops lie a decent malt backbone consisting of caramel and brown sugar. Maybe there’s even a touch of chocolate. While the aroma is really good, I kind of worry it will be too bitter.
T: And yes, bitterness hits from the start, except it’s a troubling vegetal bitterness. It’s overly reminiscent of green pepper, which I never like in my beer. After a while all that pepper goes away, and it turns into a strongly grassy yet herbal note near the back end. Even with all the vegetal notes, sweetness is fairly high, with a ton of caramel and brown sugar on the finish. Once I get used to the peppery hops, it becomes okay.
M: It’s actually pretty crisp and clean for such a big, boozy monster, with just enough of a sweet finish to conceal the alcohol. With a slightly better flavor, this could have been REALLY easy to down. Carbonation kind of stays in the background.
O: I didn’t like this at first...but it improves after a few sips. And it deteriorates after several more. The hops here are way too green pepper-esque for my tastes, luckily every other aspect is pretty solid. I can’t really say that I like it that much. There are definitely some out there who will, though. ryecatcher (1459) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Bomber. Saw this at Binny’s and figured for the price, why not? Pours a murky deep rust colored brown. Smallish head with little retention. Nose is malty and dried fruit, some happiness and brown sugar. Mouth is big and bittersweet, lots of hops and malts mingling but not necessarily complimenting one another. More dried fruits, some tanniny attributes, long bitter finish. Drinkable, but an average barleywine. dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
22oz bottle. Pours a dark amber with a thin white head. Caramel, toffee, pine, very bitter. I'm not a fan of Barleywine as I find them to be too sweet but this one had a nice bitterness to balance it out.
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Poured from 22 oz. bottle.
Densely murky with an enormous volume of assorted sizes of pale sediment, a small yellow-khaki head and very good lacing.
Aroma of aged leather, caramel, apples, tobacco, pears, leaf mould, earthy hops, pine and brown sugar.
Taste of apple cider, caramel, earthy hops, old leather, tobacco, leaf mould, pine, apples, plums and toffee.
Medium/full body and medium/high carbonation with only an occasional piece of sediment noticeable on the palate.
Except for the excessive sediment, this is a nice, complex barleywine.
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Bomber. Dark amber colored with a small layer of tan head. Aroma is a potent blend of earthy hops resin, caramel, dark fruits and citrus. The flavor follows through with a hefty dose of caramel malt, grapefruit rind and resiny hops bitterness as well as some pine, oak and honey. Moderately thick and creamy body with soft carbonation and more caramel sweetness and herbal bitterness in the finish. Definitely one of the more aggressively hoppy and bitter Barley Wines around. Not that I’m complaining.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Cloudy amber, thin head.
Aroma is leather, buttery, fruity.
Flavour is med malt, leather, tobacco, bitter herbal hop finish.
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Pours a deep amber brown with no head. Aroma of malt, bitter hops and booze. Taste is bitter yet malty, pine and citrus with a lot of caramel. Medium mouthfeel, more going on than your average American barleywine TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Bomber. Pours a hazy orange with some white head. Aroma is sweet, nice caramel and hops. Good boozy finish. Bacterial (3040) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Slightly hazy bet pour with an off white head. Hoppy and malty nose. Soft and mellow but still sweet and hoppy. Very good. BVery (11222) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Bomber. Slightly hazy orange pour with a small white head. Caramel and whiskey aroma. Taste is semi-sweet. Slightly dry. Not bad.