weissblau (19) - - MAR 15, 2013
Vanilla and malt aromas, not overpowering but pleasant. Dark amber hue with off-white, small bubbles in the head. Taste is winelike but malty with vanilla and roasted notes. slowrunner77 (12136) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 30, 2014
this dark decadent treat could be a prototype for a barreled barleywine. Ample oak and bourbon, but not so much the beer doesn’t shine. Sweet and deep flavors and aroma of carmel, raisins, vanilla, malt, bourbon. Very light on the hops, but appropriate. Very very nice sipping beer Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Bomber shared by maniac. Pours a murky dull orange with creamy khaki long lasting head. Nose is sweet vanilla and malty backbone. Flavor is woodsy light bourbon and residual foresty hoppy notes. Great sweet character. Rockin’ brew. Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. Minderbinder (3469) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2012
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.
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.
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. ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2013
It’s time! Well, it looks just like a barley wine. That’s a good sign. There’s a slight release from opacity, with a dark amber colored body and an off-white head. The aroma is not what you’d normally expect form a barley wine, though. It seems very much of dark caramel malts in the aroma – so much so that it almost smells like tobacco. The flavor is somewhat syrupy, thick, and herbal. Wow, it’s unique. It feels like an imperial IPA in the mouth, but smooth and light from the oak aging. It finishes much stronger than an imperial IPA, though, high in alcohol, slightly malty, and with a definite hop presence that’s well-infused with that alcohol. I love it. The bourbon is gentle, but defines much of the beer’s character. Why do I want to watch TrueBlood? gpekar (497) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Poured a clear dark chestnut orange (like a strong iced tea). There was a thin light beige head that dropped to just a film rather quickly. The aroma was primarily bourbon along with vanilla and dark fruits. The beer had a nice silky thicker texture and a nice bourbon flavor right up front along with the alcohol warmth. There is a nice sweetness of raisins, brown sugar and molasses to balance the alcohol flavor. The overall flavor mellows well into the finish with just a light alcohol bite and a big alcohol warmth. This was great for a cold snowy winter night. robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Bomber pours a hazy burnt orange with a think brown head. Aromas of bourbon oak and some bread and a bit of yeast. Flavor is semi sweet with a boozy oaky flavor. Body is medium to full with a good aged oak finish Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Bottle pours a clear reddish-brown with brief bubbly white head. Aroma sweet malts with faint oak and a hint of sourness. Taste sweet caramel/toffee malts with slight bourbon and vanilla. Oaky finish. Palate full with alcohol burn, could be just a little thicker but did not detract. Alcohol evident.
This is not particularly complex but does a nice job - straightforward barleywine with a nice proportion of bourbon and quite a bit of oak.