Loddeer (171) - USA - DEC 4, 2004boto (2193) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - FEB 25, 2015
This is good ... but honestly not smooth and happy. I wanted something happy, but I did not expect this. I feel like the talon is scraping against my palate. Boo hoo. Still good stuff.
22oz bomber: This one pours a dark caramel-brown color. There was almost no head on it. The nose is pretty good. Caramel, dark fruits, perhaps some rum raisin notes. The taste is OK. caramel, raisin, some dark fruits. Minimal sweetness with a small touch of dryness in the finish. Itís good, but just seems to be missing something I canít quite put my finger on. slowrunner77 (11917) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2014
"one of the weaker (in flavor and body) barleywines iíve had...especially american BW. overall itís still a barleywine, and itís got a decent sweet flavor and aroma of caramel and a touch of hops, but itís not all that great for a BW." Sammy (12099) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
Aged a few years in my cellar. Lots of red ale like toasted malt, not so drinkable although true to a British style. superspak (5508) - Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2014
22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours hazy/cloudy very dark brown color with a small dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, cherry, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity and solid balance of dark/bready malt, fruitiness, and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. A bit strong on fruitiness, but not bad. Taste of raisin, plum, fig, cherry, caramel, molasses, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light amount of earthy hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, cherry, caramel, molasses, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruitiness, and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth and moderately creamy/slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good barelywine style. All around good complexity and balance of dark/bready malt, fruitiness, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A nicely enjoyable offering. skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Just a touch better than the other BW from this company. Smooth in a good way, just not large in many.
r464 (2360) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2013
Dark reddish copper in color with a tan head. Deep, dark fruit and malt. Sweet, full, strong. Raisins, cherry, fig flavors. A nice example of a barley wine that would likely age very well. BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle. Poured a dark brown with a fizzy tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, molasses, and light alcohol. The flavor also found dark fruits and molasses with a hints of roast. Full body and warming. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Backlog rating. Bomber from Rodmanís, D.C. Strong and sharp beer, from the first of its boozy glowing amber pour. One of the first majorly hop-aggressive barleywines I had, and one that I still enjoy from time to time (though I notice itís now described as an American Strong Ale on its label). But while the hops are certainly quite forward, this one isnít like Double Bastard so much as a strongly malty base with a serious makeover in the finish. In other words, the strength is from boozy intensity all the way round. reggiedunlop (3718) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Pours a clear ruby with minimal off white head. Aroma of candied fruit...red twizzlers. Flavor is candied fruit, odd saltiness, metal...oxidized/cardboard. Mouthfeel is light/medium with a fruity/woody/bitter finish. oh6gdx (26482) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 26, 2012
Cafe Wallingatan, Stockholm. Pale ambery brown colour with a small off-white head. Aroma is sweet malts, rye, some alcohol, mild fruittyness as well. Flavour is the same with sweet burnt sugary notes as well. Burning and quite sweet.