DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage (which I think is the only one anyway).
4.0 A: Dark brown color. Actually more like a purplish black. One finger of creamy beige head that retains okay given the ABV and leaves
4.0 S: The cabernet sticks out, lending a vinous component in addition to oak and a touch of tannic astringency. The underlying beer adds plum and fig foremost, with caramel and toffee following. Not bad.
4.0 T: Again the cabernet is aggressive yielded an almost tart vinous grape. Lots of oak and little bits of tannins. Dark fruits including plum, prune, date, fig, and maybe some currant. Caramel and toffee underneath that. Absolutely no hints of alcohol.
4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. The slightest bit chewy, but smooth overall.
4.0 D: This is incredibly mellow for a beer only around a year old. Flavors are well integrated and well balanced. Plus, $8 for a bomber of barrel aged beer isn’t bad at all.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-06-2011 02:46:32 wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Tasted on 8/9/11 from a 22oz bomber bottle, thanks to Brent, 2010 vintage. Pours hazy dark amber with an average off-white head that slowly recedes to nothing more than a thick collar of lace, leaving a bit of lacing along the inside of the glass. The nose is earthy and vinous with some caramel and maple malty notes, and the wine showing very fruity. The flavor is fruity up front along with maple and caramel, some cinnamon oak, and earthiness. The body is full with average carbonation and a long vinous and earthy finish. Drake (14061) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2011
2010 Vintage, 22 ounce bottle on 6/27/11. Pours a hazy copper color with a medium sized creamy tan head that fades quickly. Big wine notes in the aroma with notes of toffee, cheese, berries and a faint hop finish. The taste is toffee, red wine, cherries, berries, anise, other spicy notes and a citrus hop finish. Medium-full bodied. anders37 (26878) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head.Has a sweetish fruity malty spicy woody aroma with vinous hints. Smooth malty spicy dark fruit flavor with woody barrel hints. Fruity malty dry spicy woody barrel finish with hints of dark fruit. arone12 (932) - Maryland, USA - JUN 4, 2011
Pours a reddish orange color with an off white head. Smells of malty brown sugar. Taste is pretty sweet with some woody flavors. Very slight wine taste. Pretty flavorful barley wine. Aroma is pretty weak sauce however.
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
Reviewed from notes.
Poured into a tulip. Initial pour brings a pretty good off white head plus some legs. Color is copper, tending a bit toward brown. Nose brings some nice cabernet and oak notes. The taste brings some more complexity with cabernet, oak, grape, hints of dark fruit, and a bit of light roast and general fruit. Really nice feel with a bit of a tannic character. Drinks well and is a solid offering.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-09-2010 chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
2010 batch, from the bottle poured into my Narke glass...A medium brown with lots of dark amber in the light, unique. A watery light tan head, not much there...Sweet aroma, distinct english barleywine backbone, but lots of wine comes through. Toffee, red wine, caramel, mild hops....The taste is pretty mild shows off the barrel more than anything, vanilla with lots of red wine. This barleywine was too light to hold up, but its qualities, but tastes good none the less.
I can’t recommend this, but I drank the bottle pretty easily. alexsdad06 (10651) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2011
22 oz. bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a clear deep mahogany color with a small beige head. The aroma is dark caramel malt, tannins, red wine and mildly earthy. The flavor has mild sweetness, red wine, tannins, earthy with mild bitterness. Some wood and dark fruits. Medium bodied. This was a solid drinkable barley wine. jake65 (3986) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Bottle - thanks bigmmartin. Pours an auburn/brown with a finger of creamy beige head. Sweet aroma is chocolate, floral & citrus hops, oaky, and vinous. Very smoth and silky scent. Taste is also smooth and silky; maltiness, faded citrus hops, and caramel. Finished dry and gives a nice impression of the barrel aging. Hides the 10% ABV very well.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 25, 2011
thanks riversideak! some baked orange nose, getting some faint wine stained wood. mousey brown, small white head. soft body, very mellow, miss on the barrel character