koleminer20 (3704) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2013
22 oz bottle. Part of a tasting 11/24/2013 at Fraser’s Pub in Ann Arbor. The pour is a reddish-brown with a thin filmy head and minimal lace. Whoa, the nose on this is pretty much of bourbon. It’s incredibly boozy. There is a hint of caramel on the front, and the bourbon drowns the rest out. The flavor begins with a promise, showing a little roastiness, some light caramel, and then BAM, all bourbon again. There are times where the complexity of the barleywine tries to poke through, but it just os overwhelmed. The mouth feel is pretty solid, and leaves a great coating on the tongue. Just wish it was a bit less boozy Brigadier (3695) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2013
650 ml bottle
smith4498 (3649) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2011
This was a fine barrel aged release and worth trying once. This particular bottle had about two years on it and has held up reasonably well. The next time I buy one though I may just drink it fresh. If you are a fan of the style pick up an affordable and relatively accessible bottle.
Aroma / Appearance - The bottle poured with lots of sediment. A thin short lived head collapsed downwards. Thick caramel, vanilla, and chocolate are like a sundae in a glass. Dense and chewy the ABV is hardly subtle.
Flavor / Palate - The taste of warm maple syrup matches the thick chewy mouthfeel. Warm hits of midrange bourbon sweep across the palate before the oaky finish. This is heavy - one or two pours was enough for me. That said it was also a great deal at about $7.99 and something worth trying again.
Had this side by side with the regular version. Pours cloudy caramel color with thin tan head, Aromas of bourbon, dark fruits and vanilla. Similar flavors with the bourbon dominating. Medium to full body with minimal carboantion. This was much better than the original version. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Bomber into my Narke glass...Murky dark brown, lots of amber in the light. The head is light tan, but doesn’t show much of head. There is a thick ring around the rim, ok lacing...The aroma is too light and almost exclusively just shows off the bourbon barrels. Light toffee and vanilla too, can’t tell its a barleywine. Like most in this series, the bw is too light and dominated by the barrel...The taste is all bourbon, light bourbon, at that. A hint of vanilla, tastes good, like a watered down bourbon, no hint of barleywine or beer though...The feel is light on the palate, no burn or aftertaste...Easy to drink.
Another decent bw, but again a Heavy Seas light bw that couldn’t hold up and took on all the character of the barrel. If you like bourbon its worth drinking, otherwise skip it.
LinusStick (3473) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 6, 2011
A delicious barley wine! Much better than the original version. Aroma was perfect. Big and full caramel smell. Just a hint of bourbon but the caramel overpowers everything. Pour was a dark murky brown with a thin tan ring for a head. Taste was a little weaker than the aroma would let on but still very nice. Heavy caramel and vanilla flavors with just a hint of wood and not much bourbon to speak of. Tastes like there was not a single hop addition to this beer as it is very sweet and sticky. Mouth feel was a little thin but it had nice carbonation for a barley wine. Loved this beer!
Minderbinder (3469) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2012
Pours brown/mahogany with nice creamy beige head. Some lacing. Aroma is of figs, bread, dark fruits, sweetness, butterscotch, alcohol, malt, bourbon. Taste is of bread, figs, dark fruits, warming alcohol, malt, bourbon. Palate: oily mouthfeel, full bodied, malty. Very good. Impressive. This is my kind of beer. Beerdedone (3408) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head that left nice lacing. Sweet bourbon aroma with caramel, vanilla and fruit. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and nice carbonation. Flavor was bourbon, vanilla, caramel, oak and toffee with a warming alcohol finish. 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. Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. Chudwick (3240) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Aroma: The nose is musty with notes of oak, paper, earth, and a slight bourbon note as the beer warms.
Appearance: It pours a very cloudy amber brown with a very frothy, light tan head. Great head retention given the alcohol content.
Taste: The flavor is sweet malt upfront with some malt, chocolate, bourbon, oak, and vanilla notes. Think waffles with syrup and walnuts while drinking this one. Really tasty stuff.
Palate: Medium to rich in body with lower carbonation leading to a medium to long sweet finish.
Overall: I really enjoyed this brew and it is my favorite of the two.
El bombero del diablo (2012) - pours murky amber with yellowish-brown head and it lacing. Nose is bourbony and sugary. Flavor adds alcohol, caramel, and rye. Sweetnd quite so. Apple/pear aftertaste. Dominated by the bourbon, but it might reveal more goodness as it warms. Bitter (unripe almond) taste in the back of the throat. Provides a literary buzz (Naked Lunch movie reference).