daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 29, 2010
Clear amber pour. Small head. Vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, raisins, alcohol, bourbon, toothpick and no hops in the aroma. Flavor is sweet and loaded with vanilla. Barrel notes are nice, but the base beer isn’t helping this one. An odd fruity note seems to battle the bourbon, wood, vanilla and caramel. Odd. CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - JUN 25, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Mac’s on West Peachtree. Fuck, it’s hot outside! This probably isn’t what you would drink on a 90+ degree day. Dark brown color with an amber/slightly ruby hue. There is a nice head sitting on top; it has the perfect height to it. We’re lookin’ good here, Chuck. The nose is of strong vanilla and sugar. Bourbon qualities are present and pungent. A slight malt sweetness pops through, but the aroma doesn’t have that many dimensions to it. Ah...there seems to a be a bit of a presence from the oak popping through. Fairly nice aroma, but nothing mind shattering. This beer has a nice creamy texture. The creamy texture is great because it allows the beer to roll across the taste buds. Vanilla, sugar, booze, and bourbon are hitting my taste buds. The ethanol is a bit intrusive, and warms the back of the throat a bit too much. It does have a skull and crossbones on the front, so who said this was going to be fucking nice? Not much comes through in terms of beer. I’m getting a slight bitterness, but, for me, this seems like an excuse to get brownie points from us beer enthusiasts by putting a mediocre barley wine in a barrel and calling it a day. I would like to have a barrel-aged beer that provides complimentary flavors i.e., the barley wine compliments the bourbon barrel, and vice-versa. Traces of barley wine flavors poking through, but not enough for me. cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2010
A-pours a hazy dark amber color with a fluffy bubbly light tan head that leaves a good lacing on the glass.
S-the oak, vanilla, and bourbon come through nicely up front., toasted caramel malts, slightly burnt brown sugar, and faint notes of sweet dark fruits.
T-the taste is quite sweet up front, lots of caramel and carmelized sugars, a nice plum and cherry sweetness come in behind. the oak is present, a good bit of bourbon, with a nice vanilla sweetness to balance on the barrels. hints of fusels in the back with a touch of heat.
M-smooth on the palate, good carbonation, a little prickly on the back of the throat, medium body and coats the mouth a little.
D-i really enjoy this, the malty sweetness has a nice amount of depth and the barrel aging adds a nice balance to it. the bourbon lingers in the back with notes of fusel alcohol that detract slightly but still well done. jcwattsrugger (12517) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2010
@PilsnerPeters Thanks willblake-22oz bottle-pours a light tan head and copper color. Aroma is spice, wood, nutty, medium malt. Taste is dry, spice, wood, nutty, medium malt-toffee, English/earthy hops, some alcohol. Cellar temperature is better. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2010
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, chocolate, caramel, slight dark ripe fruit, and a hint of oak. Poured deep amber/brown in color with a small, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Very hazy. Barely sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of malt, slight Bourbon, slight vanilla, light oak, slight caramel, slight chocolate, and a hint of alcohol. Medium body. Slick, slightly viscous texture turns lightly dry. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, caramel, slight wood and light vanilla finish is dry. 10%ABV well hidden throughout.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Bomber. Pours clear, with a dark, reddish-brown tint and a small, smooth head of beige colored foam. Tiny spots and skinny arches of lacing stick to the glass loosely. The nose is sweet and buttery, loaded with toasted toffee, dark caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla. Bourbon lends additional sweetness, though it isn’t as prominent as I thought it would be. Flavors show cola malts, cocoa, dry caramel, and buttery toffee, with hardly a hop to be found. The bourbon isn’t overly boozy, though it is excessively sweet and loaded with vanilla. On the palate, a medium-full body gets its heft from sticky, plodding sugars, while light carbonation contributes to an overall syrupy feel. As barrel aged barleywines go, this is decent at best, and that’s probably got more to do with the mediocre base beer than the barrel aging process itself. willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2010
20100515 Bomber from Wine World, sampled at PilsnerPeter’s 2nd Annual Spring Gathering. Dark amber with lasting, thick beige head. Aroma is caramel, vanilla, and a nice earthy hop note. Flavor is quite sweet with some sweet bourbon and oak really driving home the malty personality of this big beer. Only mild late bitterness, some spruce, some slick oak. fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 12, 2010
Bottle pours murky brown color with off white head. Aroma is booze, vanilla, brown sugar, and wood. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and finishes smooth. Its not hot. All the flavors meld together well and has a smooth finish. I really enjoyed the cab version of this as well. I enjoyed this one a touch more. Good stuff. jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2010
Hazy brown-orange, boozy oak-bourbon aroma. Flavor is oaky-vanilla, sweet some citrus. Aroma is boozier than the flavor, though it does taste a bit like it is from a Kentucky a distillery. Medium bodied, not too thick or sticky. ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2010
This poured a cloudy dark red with little foam. Aroma has a sweet caramel mixed in with some strong oak. Taste has some upfront sweet molasses with just a hint of burnt caramel. Aftertaste reveals some strong bourbon characteristics, not the least of which is the high alcohol in this brew. Definitely hot at this point. Rather enjoyable, and could definitely do with a bit of aging.