Ernest (7658) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2011 2011 Bottle.
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough), with light notes of alcohol and dried tropical fruits.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic, lightly to moderately astringent.
Strangely light and watery for its style/size. Not much going on in the nose, but itís inoffensive. Overall just ok. bogdi1 (32) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2006
2004 bomber from Clark the man, thanks!!! Beautiful clear (hey, why others have had cloudy pour and I had 100% clear!?) coppery amber pour with a modest & quickly diminishnig head. Aroma has hints of PNW hops but (again) not as much I was hoping for. Other components of the aroma are some bubblegum, peppery spices, number of fruits, alcohol andÖ some kind of thinner. Carbonation is harsh and the body surprisingly thin. Flavor has many things going on with burning alcohol in the front but to be honest Iím not too impressed. Actually thereís something unpleasant in the flavor all the way that bothers me. I donít know if this is oxidized or something. Should try and find another bottle. I canít imagine what aging wouldíve done to this particular bottle. Harm I guess. RSRIZZO (1984) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2007
Aroma is a bit light with a sweet roasted scent. Color is a deep amber with very good carbonation and a nice tight head. Taste is big, sweet and bitter. Starting with a medium body it goes down crisp with a sweet feel. Finish comes in with mild sweet flavor that has only a faint raisin and a very faint roasted taste in it. Then it turns very bitter with with a hop flavor and an almost dry bitterness that lingers in the after taste with a slight alcohol feel. I am not a fan of hoppy, bitter Barley Wines, I like them bold, rich and sweet. This is a decent brew its just a bit light. cgarvieuk (24163) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 25, 2008
Bottle at home Big thanks to Douglas88 for this ... Deep copper ... wee bit sweet barley wine nose with some piney hop ... But the flavour for me is not a barley wine ... little sweet ... lots of hops very bitter ... nearly undrinkable ... appreciate getting to try it but oh no... no balance... ultracake (42) - salem, Oregon, USA - SEP 8, 2009
22 oz of the 2008, i feel bad giving this a lower rating but it just didnít shock me. Bitter finish but over light flavor. Nothing bad about it just nothing exciting.
TheRealMGD (555) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Bomber of 2010 Reserve. Clear orange-brown pour with a short off-white head leaving coarse lacing. Strong ethanol nose. Bourbon, raisin, cherry cough syrup, vanilla and some pine hops populate the medium body and the hops add some bitterness and umami to the finish. Smooth, but would have liked more body and some interesting hop notes. I donít see it improving with age to be honest. Only a hair above average from a house I have a lot of respect for. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Pours a really cloudy, dark copper color with amber edges and a one finger off-white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.
Slight leathery malt aroma with subtle earthy hops caramel malt and dark fruit. Somewhat floral with a faint grassy pine character followed by caramel, toffee, raisin, fig and sweet booze.
Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a very dry and bitter hop presence that lingers over the sweeter notes and malt backbone into a boozy finish. Lots of sticky hops up front that are somewhat stale at this stage followed by leathery malt, caramel, toffee and dark fruit. A decent amount of sweet boozy flavor in the finish but the high ABV is actually pretty well masked. Overall, this beer is easy to drink but itís kind of bland and not very memorable. SilkTork (5726) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JUN 28, 2004
Bottle @ Spiesyís gaff. Sweetish alcohol barleywine aroma. Sweetish alcohol barleywine flavour. A straight average barleywine. willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2005
02.20.05 Tap at Toronado BWF Pale-ish orange and flat pour. Waaaayyy too sweet for me, from the first sip to that last of the aftertaste. Some pine resin, biscuit. Very sugary sweet. Disappointing beer that I was really looking forward to, maybe itís better from a bottle. grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2007
Bomber of 2006 edition. Slightly chill-hazed leathery brown, small amounts of varied-density head. Moderate caramel/crystal malt aroma shored up with fairly light, mostly herbaceous hop notes. Very slight citrus. I was expecting quite a lot of sweetness, but the body is actually only moderately sweet. Seems pretty estery with some moderate huskiness and moderate acidity. Quite strong bitterness to complement the conspicuous lack of hop aroma. An odd fusion of English barleywine aroma and American barleywine bitterness levels. Doesnít do it for me.