JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 16, 2014
On tap at the new location over the weekend ... Pours a hazed dark amber.... okay tannish head has decent retention and lacing.
The brew smells pretty good.... thick malt profile has plenty of caramel and toasty notes... perhaps a bit oxidized.... curious to when this was brewed.
Flavor begins with a good bitter hop bite ... quickly gives way to a well balanced maltiness ... leaning heavier to the caramel side of things with a light bit of toffee... again a dark dry toasty essence... yummy... hints of what I guess as floral hops mid palate... I am also getting a light cherry ester note... again a little oxidation as it warms.
medum/full body... This brew is well done and has a good potential. Strykzone (7659) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Bomber from Hayduke. A cinnamon amber colored beer that has a nice tan two finger head. As the bottle was opened a delicious aroma of complex fruit including grapes wafted out. A closer sniff brings sticky raisins, rich caramel, and chocolate. This is complex in flavor and quite nice. Chocolate is in front but certainly does not dominate. Raisins, those rich malts, and as in the aroma that fruit is very tasty. I over filled the glass and got some on my fingers. They are now completely sticking to the glass. A sure sign of huge malts. Hops were barely noted. Alcohol was not tasted and only minimal warming. But I can feel the effects of the alcohol. This beer is delicious and is right down the middle of my wheel house. pinkzambia (2073) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Tap: Super cloudy gold with a significant off-white head. Sweet, yummy hop aroma with dry leather. Robust flavors of hops, hairspray, dry grass. Nice finish. Gription79 (2892) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Sampled at the Mountain Brewers Festival. Nice malt character, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, chocolate, grainy, fruity. Great beer. hayduke (5677) - Eureka, California, USA - JUL 21, 2012
On draft at the Salmon River Brewpub in McCall, ID. This poured a copper color, with a light brown head and moderate lacing rings. The nose is caramel malts with some floral hops dominating. Medium plus in body, the mouthfeel is a bit raw and alcoholic. This one could use aging. The flavor is quite malty with a multitude of flavors including some fruit and chocolate, with again some floral hops showing. The finish is lightly bitter and malty. Overall a good barley wine, though I would prefer this be in a bottle and allowed to age a year or two.