Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 18, 2008
750ml bottle from trade with TURDFERGUSON. Poured a murky dark brown, with a tan head. Big rich maltiness, very aromatic. Slight harshness in the front, very bubbly. Nice overall, glad to get my hands on a bottle. drsordr (2868) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Draft pour at brew pub copper. Nose sweet malt and light dank hop. Taste sweet up front, some heat, dank and floral hop. Bitter finish. corby112 (2813) - 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.
iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 14, 2010
8/26/2008. 22oz bomber from April ’08 from turdferguson. Clear dark amber with a one finger beige head. Aroma of fall leaves, brown sugar and some alcohol. Flavor is alcoholic with brown sugar, fall leaves again, and some light cereal grain. Dry finish, bitterness at a 4. Moderate to high carbonation with a full body. Not that great. lb4lb (2632) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2008
Bottle shared at a tasting. Thank you. Pours a rich golden caramel color with a lasting biege head. Smell on this barley wine is oranges and caramel with a light alcohol component. Taste is orange like hops and a bit of booziness to it. Medium bodied. A bit too mild flavorwise, actually. Wanted it to pop a bit more. Good, but not great.
durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2009
Bottle, about 18 months old. Pours deep clear copper with big beige head. Nose of hops, though no longer fresh, and not huge anyway. Malts are more bready and dry than sweet, which surprised me a bit. Some toffee and mild fruit as well as brown sugar. Some booze. Dry palate. Not bad, but not my favorite Pisgah offering. tmongoose (2504) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 20, 2015
Bomber shared poured a medium brown with smallish tan head. The initial aroma is brown sugar, black pepper, dark fruits, and booze lots of booze. The flavor holds true and then some. This goes from the sweet dark fruits to the brown sugar to the black pepper to the alcohol burn. The pepper is not a deterrent either blends very well. Overall this is a very nice barley wine. This bottle is dated 11/26/2013. GTAEgeek (2425) - 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. Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Hazy dark brown pour with a thick foamy beige head. Aroma of honey, berry and alcohol. Creamy texture with roast caramel and berry. illinismitty (2377) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Bottle at Noogfest 08 courtesy of KP. Pours a dark amber with a white head. This has a fizzy, almost Belgian influenced texture. Initial flavor of toasted grains, bread, and cookie that transitions to a grapefruit, herbal, and somewhat minty bitterness. I did not pick up as much English traits as everyone else. This one seemed to struggle for identity on my palate.