JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2010
750ml bottle from April 2008. I’d heard this one was wicked hot to start out, and I’m glad I waited on it because this is a nice, mellow English-style barleywine. Murky amber pour with a medium creamy head. The nose is still rather sharp, with some hop bite and a touch of sweet heat. Toffee and a bit of molasses lead things off in the taste, which soon settles into a firmly malty BW with a nice mix between the brown sugar and the grit of the hops. Smooth and dangerously drinkable, I enjoyed this one. BuckeyeBoy (8301) - 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.
emacgee (4704) - 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... anders37 (26878) - 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. smith4498 (3670) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Pours clear copper color with tan head. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar and earthy hops. Sweet caramel and brown sugar flavors with mild bitterness. Medium to full body with moderate carbonation.
b3shine (9079) - Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Bomber to snifter (shared by jmborggren). Looks good; a cloudy dark amberish brown with light beige head. Smells sweet and malty with notes of caramel and vanilla. Tastes like it smells with a pleasantly smooth mouthfeel. A nice example of the style. jackl (8301) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Keg @ Pisgah during RBWG, Asheville. Amber pour with a small head. Quite peppery. Singed hops. Strong toffee and caramel accents. Similar flavor. Sort of hot and boozy. More pepper and cinnamon. Moderately bitter to balance the thick, chewy malty sweetness. Full body, oily. Decent. 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. unclemattie (4357) - Georgia, USA - JUL 3, 2008
750ml bottle, caged and corked. Medium brown. Foamy white head. Plain malt aroma. Flavor is way to big. Heavy bodied BW with big alcohol. Heavy, strong. Not the best, but well. ChainGangGuy (4920) - 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.