kimjongill (207) - - NOV 20, 2012
The pour is a bright, almost neon, orange with a nice sized tan head. The beer really caught my eye in a way no beer has before. The aromas are complex hops with maybe a hint of bourbon/maple. As with most barrel aged beers, the aroma is a bit lighter than I’d like.
Taste is off the charts. Complex hop taste but not overly bitter. I don’t get a lot of bourbon which is more of an observation than complaint. Maple is a component of an otherwise malty sweet backbone.
This is the finest barleywine I’ve had. polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Bottle. Aroma has big notes of caramel, vanilla, wood, maple syrup, fruit cake, cinnamon, orange peel, bourbon, toasted malts and ginger. Wow, a lot going on here. Appearance is murky dark amber orange with a cascading average off-white head that left good lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is extremely full bodied and oily soft. Alcohol is there(slight burn as it goes down) but amazingly well hidden. Finish is above average but not as cloying as others have noted. As close to drinking a fruitcake as I’ll ever come. Overall I was expecting an average Barely Wine but found one that over emphasized everything I love about the style(which is probably what got lost on most people). This beer is huge and as complex as any I’ve come across. I loved the emphasis on blending the sweet bourbon and maple with the classic BW dark dried fruits and caramel aromas. That blending was done very well just like a good fruit cake. A true sipper if there ever was one. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Bomber at Jerry’s. Brilliant caramel color with decent, creamy tan head (barrel-aged) / Rich nose of fresh caramel, pine, and citrus / Full body, sweet and chewy, winey with an alcohol kick but balance with big malts and biting hops, and good bitter finish / Flavors of fresh caramel, cut pine, candied sugar, maple syrup, grapefruit, orange peel, lime, fig, cinnamon, and a hint of bourbon / Spectacular, and will undoubtedly age. mcox90 (2088) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear, bright red/copper color with just a wisp of an off white ring for a head. Wonderful sweet aroma with notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, maple and a hint of fruity hops. Didn’t get any bourbon in the aroma. Bourbon is more evident in the flavor and it compliments all the sweetness. Smooth, heavy gut warming palate with almost zero carbonation. With a couple years on it, this will be outstanding. MarkSachon (1023) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Bomber bottle courtesy of my neighbor Bob - Thanks! Consumed with several friends at a belly dance festival all of whom were astonished at the goodness. Plenty of alcohol if that’s your thing but the best part was the bittersweet herbal taste that will creep up on your taste buds just after you think the finish is over. No perfumes evident either, which is a very good thing.
DuffMan (10435) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 24, 2013
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Beautiful hazy red orange, thick, dense light golden crown that retains magnificently. Sweet breadcrusts, brown sugar, sponge toffee, light yeast, lightly floral, some sherry qualities. Densely chewy, rich and lovely. To me, an archetypical American style BW. dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Pours a clear orange into snifter with a one finger head that quickly fades, the aroma is very citrusy and fruity there is just so much going on. The taste is hoppy up front with grapefruit and orange citrus followed by malt sweetness some caramel and vanilla, there is a slight burn on the way down but wow the alcohol is well hidden i cannot tell this is a 15% abv beer at all. To sum it up I am very impressed. This is one to try and seek out, very limited and expensive but i think it was worth it! 77ships (9828) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2013
Thx. to Thirstybird / Rian for this one. 65 cl. bomber sampled @ RBBWG 2013. Pours clear orange with no head. Smell is enjoyably boozy, caramel, sweet, toffee, marmalade, touch herbs. Taste is sweet caramel, toffee, creamy, toffee, fruity, sugar, enjoyably warming, vanilla, touch oak, light maple / bourbon barrel. Flat, soft, nicely oily. Good but not spectacular but certainly highly enjoyable. I think that a lot of the backlash was because of the expectations and price point. Although the Sebago Single Batch Series I tried alongside beat this one at its own game. gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2013
Amber glowing orange & gold. Almost nauseating clove, a bit of cinnamon, and yogurt - in addition to all the expecteds. Tastes like maple-y peat & blended whiskey - carbonated & watered down. The palate is very warming, and hugely satisfying if for that alone. And overall, the story says it all. Cut their locks.