mikem409 (2026) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Tap at clubhouse. Pours light brown thin lacing. Aroma of fruit oak and vanilla. Taste is stick bourbon medium body. Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Aroma is all bourbon notes: vanilla, creme egg, oak and slight hazelnut. Pours deep red/brown with a small foamy lace. Taste is big with lots of bourbon notes, mostly oak and vanilla with just a hint of root beer. Strong booze feel but the taste compliments. Pretty solid. 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. MacBoost (1894) - Victor, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Pours an almost clear amber with a small off white head. Strong aromas of bourbon in the nose, along with some fig. Taste is not overly sweet, but heavy on the bourbon. Not boozy though, just bourbon-y. Alcohol hidden, not hot. Light carbonation. Very nice. Buzzed quick. tjthresh (1873) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 3, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2010 Bottle. Pours clear red brown with a slim pale white head. This is a light barley wine. Light nose with vanilla, creme brule, and dry oak. Light flavor with a bit of a cherry cough character, abd a long slow burn. Light body, and easy to drink. All of the lightness is not to say that this isn’t a good beer. Its tasty. Just not nearly as good as some of the best.
zoucrew102 (1869) - - MAY 17, 2014
2012 vintage bomber, thanks sevenhokie! Rich bourbon aroma with notes of dark fruit and vanilla. Pours dark amber colored with a thin white head and no lacing. Sweet dark fruit flavors to start with a hint of vanilla. Finishes very smooth with excellent bourbon notes as well as a little bit of oak. Excellent barleywine. tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Bottle, 2010 ed, courtesy Brigadier, thanks! Copper pour, off-white head. Little retention/lace. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, toffee. Taste is sweet, bourbon, vanilla, molasses. Palate is soft, oily, slick. 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. changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2011
2010 bottle. Pours a deep amberish-brown color with a thin head on top. Not much in the way of lacing. Lots of caramel show in the aroma that’s followed by some raisin and a little bourbon. The bourbon is not as evident as expected. This is very smooth going down with a gentle warmth to it. There’s a little more bourbon in the flavor but still not a lot with wood, caramel, and plum notes. Perhaps a touch of vanilla too. This really does come across as a very basic barrel-aged barleywine. No thrills here, the bourbon seems diluted to the point it almost seems like a standard non barrel-aged barleywine, but it’s still plenty enjoyable. bth122 (1554) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2012
Draft. Bocktown. Mahogony ruby color. I love oak aged beers and this one is up to the task. Beautiful oak aroma with some caramel and slight fruit. Same with the taste. Just beautiful oaked flavors compliment this beer. Complex. Well done.