chinchill (5010) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2013
12 oz serving at the brewery. This is a fine barleywine that feels and tastes like it has a bit of aging. Not much head to cover the clear copper body. High ABV fairly well hidden.
Recommended. GTAEgeek (2218) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2013
22 oz. bottle. Dark brown, with ruby notes. Medium, beige head. Big syrupy and caramel aroma, with some earthy hops and some vanilla, smoky notes of scotch. Very sweet flavor up front, with some significant bitterness through the finish. Medium to heavy body, silky and acidic feel, with a little carbonation coming through in the finish. This is a very strong, scotch-esque beer, with an abrasive, yet remarkably delicious flavor. Recommended. anders37 (26641) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2011
Draft @ the brewpub. Pours a hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish malty weak chocolate and dark fruit aroma. Sweetish malty caramel and adark fruit flavor with wek hints of chocolate. Has a sweetish malty dark fruit and caramel finish. emacgee (4676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Bomber I’ve had for like 2 years now. Pours a copper amber with one finger of creamy sandstone head. Rich dextrinous malt character, caramel bread and lots of spicy notes. Rich and malt forward flavor with a lasting hop bite. Medium bitterness and full bodied with a warming finish. Tasty but not panty dropping... corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Bomber, 2009 vintage(?)
Pours a dark ruby/copper color with golden amber edges when held to a light and a one finger frothy yellowish beige head that quickly fades into a thick lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.
I was expecting the aroma to be very leathery/boozy but it’s surprisingly sweet with dark malt notes and zesty spice. There is a touch of earthy/leathery malt and alcohol sweetness but the nose is dominated by hints of caramel, toffee and rye as well as some cinnamon, brown sugar and dark fruit. Hints of fig, raisin and plum.
Fuller bodied than expected with a beautiful balance of sweet and earthy/leathery malt as well as some autumnal spice, dark fruit, booze and faint hops. Lots of luscious sweet malt flavor with a lot caramel, toffee, chocolate, rye and hazelnut. This is countered by some zesty spice with notes of pepper, brown sugar and cinnamon. I’m also picking up some sweet dark fruit, notably raisin, plum and fig. There is some faint hop bitterness balancing things out as well as some subtle alcohol sweetness but there is little to no heat. The ABV is excellently masked with only subtle warmth in the finish, making this beer dangerously drinkable.
Overall, this beer has developed very nicely. The alcohol heat has mellowed very gracefully, allowing the sweet malt and dark fruit notes to shine. Incredibly complex, well balanced and extremely quaffable. I had to slow myself down from drinking down the whole bomber to fast. Another excellent beer from Pisgah that I highly recommend.
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2011
Thanks to a generous BA for sharing some of this at the Splinter Black release. Served in my Savor snifter.
Pour brings forth a somewhat-light copper-colored brew with a thin white cap and not too much lacing. A few bubbles around the edges. The nose is fairly complex, though all the notes are pretty related. I got a strong dose of caramel along with toffee, light brown sugar, and perhaps a bit of molasses. Some light tropical fruits in the background, but mostly just the caramel.
The taste brings forth more of the same, though the brown sugar becomes a bit more apparent. Caramel fits in strong behind it with a bit of fruit coming through in the finish. The body is medium with good enough carbonation. The problem here is that it gets to be a bit too cloying. Overall, glad I got to try this but won’t be seeking it out again.
Serving type: bottle
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Bottle at a recent BA/RB tasting. Colour... semi-cloudy amber with a thin head. Nose... sweet with hints of light chocolate malt. Palate... delicately frothy with a very malty character reminiscent of malted milk balls! Quite an alcohol punch then sticky toffee pudding, butterscotch candies and beeswax. beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Draft at brewer. Pours a cloudy red/brown with a medium beige head. Scent is fruit, molasses, and brown sugar. Taste is molasses, fruit , brown sugar, and malts. Strong and sweet.
chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2011
On draught at Barleys, Asheville on 7 July 2006 (at 9.5%). Dark copper colour. Sweet as hell with lots of hops. There’s a big, rich treacle character. Also orange peel and chocolate orange. Some spices and fruit cake too. Full, rich mouthfeel. Hardly subtle - I guess it’s not meant to be - but very interesting and packed with flavour, if maybe a little too rich and sticky to retain drinkability. Nice to sip and savour though.
BuckeyeBoy (7680) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 26, 2011
22oz Bottle thanks to JohnGalt1. Pours out a copper topped with a sandy head. Aroma was nice and sweet. A good balance of caramel, citrus, and rich malts. Taste was more of the caramel sweetness, some pit fruit, brown sugar, and a little spice. A very well put together Barley Wine.