ganache (6050) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2010
If memory serves, this corked-and-caged 750 was from dchmela circa October 2008, had here mid-March 2010. Smells like a barleywine, that’s for sure. Huge, huge caramel notes, big but dulled Ami hops. Dark copper pour with a lacing, sudsy beige head. Taste is lightly bitter, lightly sweet, well-attenuated, though, some butterscotch. Faint plum and almost some ash in the back. Fully nearly-syrup body, aftertaste is moderately dry. There’s some good complexity here, and certainly some nice intensity, but it’s hard to rate this in the upper echelon, as I’m already tired of it after about eight ounces. Alcohol is well under control, at least. nearbeer (5599) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 21, 2008
750 ml, April 2008 bottling. Translucent chestnut with ruby highlights. Two-finger lasting head with frosty lace. Aroma of brown sugar, light spice, and oak. Front favor is lightly spicy brown sugar with mixed berries and alcohol. Turns to woody resin and slight citrus, then all bitter wood on the finish. Medium-heavy body is smoothish and dry. markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2009
Pours a clear amber with a khaki head. Nose is caramel, raisins, booze, figs, and sugar/ honey. Flavor starts off fizzy then comes in with caramel, hops , barleywine fruits, and finishes off with some more hops. Medium-bodied and somewhat fizzy. Nice BW. mar (5439) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2008
april 2008 bottle thanks to KP. deep chocolate brown pour with a nice cream rocky hard. malty, raisins and dried fruits on the nose. very easy on the palate with flavors of fruits and sugar. very smooth finish that hides the alcohol quite well. heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2009 Tried again recently. A nicely done brew that I found a little smoother, but maybe that was due to age. Noogfest ’08. The body was hazy dark copper with a khaki head. The aroma was caramel with some sweet donuts. There was also some pear. The taste was pears with some cinnamon. A nice spicy finish.
chinchill (5309) - 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. Thorpe429 (5122) - , 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
Reviewed on: 12-16-2010 Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Bomber. Pours a deep amber with a very large frothy head- over carbed for a BW. Aroma is sharp dark crystal malts, toasty caramel, lot sof dark fruits, and a good relatively fresh hop presence. Lots of hops in the flavor lead it to become a bit bitter in the end- still lots of deep dark sharp crystal malts, toffee, a bit of molasses, somewhat green and earthy as well. Higher carbonation giv es it a lively mouthfeel and not quite what I would expect in a BW. Pretty good but not outstanding. ChainGangGuy (4925) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 13, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009 Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, chestnut brown body with a very frothy, tall, off-white head.
Smell: Sweetish, caramel-minded aroma with a distinct waft of alcohol and lesser notes of bread and citrus pith.
Taste: Slightly bready maltiness with a middling amount of caramel sweetness. Touch of citrus. Resounding, resinous hop bitterness. Pinch of freshly-grated spices. Hint of candied lemon peel on the otherwise bitter, somewhat boozy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.
Drinkability: Ask me again in a few years. emacgee (4705) - 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...