DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Poured into a snifter. I had the BA version yesterday, so I figured I’d have this while the memory is still fresh. I’m not sure what vintage this is, but the bottle lists the ABV as 9.5%. Oddly enough there was some what appeared to be rust underneath the heavy layer of wax. Big thanks to SteveFinny for this.
4.5 A: Lightly hazed deep amber plum color. One finger of beige, superbly dense creamy head. Retention is about average for a beer this big, but a good deal of lacing is left.
4.0 S: Shockingly, this smells like the BA version, but without the bourbon and barrel. Big aggressive spicy earthy rye and plenty of caraway seeds too. Plum and fig fruits, caramel and some toffee. It was tough to pick up the caramel in the BA version, so I guess that’s how this one is a bit different.
3.5 T: Maybe it’s because this is the second time through this beer, but the taste isn’t nearly as powerful as it was in the BA version. Yes, the spicy earthy rye and caraway are still plentiful, but this isn’t slapping my taste buds silly. There’s also less fruitiness, a touch more bitterness, and more toffee and caramel. It’s still tasty, but isn’t as impressive as the one I had yesterday.
3.5 M: It might be because it has more carbonation, but this is a lot thinner than the BA version. Heavier medium body instead of syruppy heavy body. Carbonation level is much better though. Doesn’t have the major chewiness, which I like, but it also isn’t particularly creamy.
3.5 D: Tasty beer, but the BA version killed this, but that might have something to do with the vintage. Who knows. Worth a try
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-15-2012 04:45:14 SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Wax-covered bomber; thanks Alex!!! Dense brown with trace tan head; aromas of rye spice, hops and brown sugar; some creamy orange peels too; medium body with lots of hops and rye spice mixed with some chocolate; wow, this sucker is crazy dry in the finish; caramel, rye, bitter orange and dried fruit; a hefty barleywine flavor-wise but a pretty smooth drinker in the end; damn good stuff beernbourbon (1592) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 8, 2010
Tap at maproom. Pour is ruby red with a small white head. Aroma is caramel malt, fair amount of hops, and a light spice. Really no much rye noticeable. Flavor is clean with a more potent hop punch than expected. Hops are lightly citrus with pine background. Also caramel malt with very little re spice. Got more and more rich as it warmed. Fairly easy to drink. JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2010
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Nice looking dark mahogany color, thin dark tan head. Nice full aroma, fruity malts and slight sweet hops. Doesn’t taste like 11% - thick and malty, nice smooth finish. Don’t get a lot of the caraway, but a decent brew. Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 29, 2012
22oz bottle thanks to thirdeye11 - drank side by side with the bourbon barrel version.
Deep amber brew with some white head. Lots of rye in the nose with caramel and toffee. Rye dominates the flavor as well with grapefruit and caramel malt.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2010
bourbony looking, no head, tiny off white bubbles, some lace. mildy grain, mostly air. malt and vinous flavors, hint of alcohol. medium bodied, dry finish. a quite enjoyable brew. sampled at flossmoor station hi-fi rye release. Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Pours ruby, minimal head.
Smell sweet and spices, fruity
Taste caramel, rye, gum and fruit on tail
Really good, I think better than the barrel aged MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2010
(Sample Date: 9/18/2010 Source:BrewEngineer) Caramelized sugars with dark fruits and moderate spiciness in aroma. Clear deep ruby amber with small white head. Sweet with nice warming. Moderate dark fruits and caramelized sugars with robust spicy bitterness. Full body and mouth feel. Finish is sweet and spicy. nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2010
Bottle shared by daknole -- thanks!! Pours brown in color with a trim beige head. Smells and tastes of hops, gelatin, rye bread, and licorice. Yes, please. bvc (1242) - Washington, USA - APR 16, 2010
22oz waxed cap, thanks riverpimp! Clear deep amber. Caramel, golden raisins, brown sugar, phelonic fruits. Sticky, creamy feel with spicy finish. Light dried dark fruit, sweet malt and nice spicy dry finish. So well put tgether and really enjoyable for me. Thanks Alex for bringing this!