jdidion (10) - - JAN 29, 2012
Pours a rich reddish-brown with a beautiful head. Alcoholic and slightly cloying nose. Rich malt flavor, a bit sweet, with a notable whiskey finish. Wish I would have bought more to let a few age... I think this would only get better. kimjongill (207) - - JAN 16, 2013
From tap. Bourbon and oak aroma. Sweet bourbon taste with a sligh amount of bitterness and hop flavor adding bite. Great mouthfeel. dlovell2 (2213) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 1, 2010
Brown color with copper tint and tan head. Sweet aroma with caramel and vanilla. Very smooth feel in mouth. Vanilla and caramel flavors. Oak and bourbon appears in finish. zoucrew102 (1980) - - 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. jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Bottle sampled at a tasting. From notes. Boozy with vanilla, caramel and oak. I would gladly drink this again.
BVery (10715) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bomber. Murky reddish brown pour with a soapy head. Amazing aroma of vanilla, bourbon, wood, and maybe a bit of chocolate? So good! superspak (5790) - Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2013
22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2012 vintage. Pours slightly cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big caramel, raisin, toast, toffee, vanilla, oak, clove, bourbon, brown sugar, and light booze. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, raisin, brown bread, vanilla, toast, toffee, clove, oak, bourbon, brown sugar, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, brown bread, raisin, vanilla, toast, toffee, clove, oak, bourbon, brown sugar, light chocolate, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible balance and complexity of dark malt and barrel flavors; with a fantastic malt/barrel balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a moderately creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy moutfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic BA Barleywine! All around awesome complexity and balance of malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. 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. Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Bottle. Pours a deep caramel amber with a faint reddish hue, small creamy beige head. Just the right amount of caramel, toffee, vanilla and bourbon in the nose. Fairly heavy on the barrel notes but not overly boozy in any way. Damn tasty. RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Pours a clear auburn, with a small, but lacy buttered-popcorn head. Nose is extremely sweet with vanilla bean, butterscotch, caramel, tobacco, and with lighter notes of earthier malts, and bourbon. The taste starts strong and sweet of butterscotch, caramel, and transitions into bourbon, and lightly toasted toffee. Body is medium, but slightly chewy toward the finish.