mcox90 (2088) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2012 22 oz bottle. Poured into a tulip. Beautiful mahogany/orange pour, slightly hazy, with a one finger off white head which left behind a ton of lace. Aroma was rich with scents of vanilla, dark fruit, brown sugar, hops and a bit of bourbon. The flavor starts out with a nice sweet/bitter mix. Vanilla and brown sugar competing in an amicable way with fruity hops. As the beer warms a bit, you get more dark fruit and malty flavors. Near the end, it turns into quite a gut warmer, with the bourbon flavor taking over. I think this was an outstanding barlywine. 77ships (9827) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 21, 2013
Thx. Thirstybird / Rian for this one. 65 cl. bomber sampled @ RBBWG 2013. Amber, fox red. Sweet creamy nose, caramel, bourbon, wood, sweet, sugar,… Taste is Bourbon BA USA Barley wine goodness, sweet caramel, toffee, sweet, bourbon, wood, barrel, sugary, vanilla, caramely dark fruits, sweet, slick, smooth,… Great stuff, lovely. spence3208 (18) - Maine, USA - NOV 29, 2013
22oz bottle 2013 release pours a ruby red with no apparent head. Nose of caramel, whiskey, vanilla, lots of bourbon. Flavor has a ton of bourbon too, vanilla, caramel, Lil bit of tobacco, and alcohol. Full bodied, sweet and warming finish.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 1, 2008
Holy crap! Sebago nailed this one! Get it if you see it, pours a dark brown with a tan head. Nose is sweet smokey malt. Flavor is the same, big roasty flavor with the BEST, and I mean the best caramel flavor i’ve ever tasted in a beer. Super smooth mouthfeel also. I think it was the barrel aging that did it in this case, man this stuff is absolutely top shelf! davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 18, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2012 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass. 2011 vintage. I grabbed a few more bottles. One of them was legible enough on the printed neck date to read "Bottled 10 28 11"
A - Very clear dark red body. Pour yields a dirty and creamy khaki head with large bubbles. Light lacing, but thick alcohol legs.
S - Candied raisins, toffee, brown sugar, oak, and some light vanilla. Very smooth and warming, The bourbon presence is rather light but provides a very subtle contribution to some solid english style barley wine notes, No hop presence what so ever.
T - Rich dark fruits, caramel and toffee, brown sugar and very light piney hops. This is amazingly delicious. The bourbon is again rather light but present in some faint oak and vanilla notes.
M - Medium bodied with a low level of carbonation. Lets talk about the alcohol content. 12.5%. I had no idea. Its just so smooth, there is literally no alcohol presence.
O - This beer is beyond impressive. Zero hype, reasonable price, and a shelf beer. I honestly think it can go head to head against the titans of barrel aged barley-wines (King Henry, Abacus, Naked Evil, etc). It probably wouldn’t beat them out, but it sure as hell would give them a scare. Furthermore, its refreshing to see a beer sit in a barrel for only three months versus a year or so. The bourbon notes are balanced and subtle. Perfection, honestly.
Paynis (45) - Saco, Maine, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Right combo of strong and smooth... Very drinkable and the bourbon comes through nicely
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Dark brown with red tinge, small tan head. Aroma malty, caramel, dark dried fruits, a little citrus and pine hops. Full body. Some warming alcohol. Flavor is great balance of sweet and bitter. Spicy and piney hops. Caramel, dates, molasses, a little wood. Quite complex. Nice bitter hops but the sweeter flavors predominate. An ideal barleywine. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Bomber # to 612 shared by BOLTZ7555. Pours hazy amber with a one finger off white head. The nose is vanilla, caramel, dark fruits wood and bourbon. The taste is oak, toasted toffee, molasses and smoky bourbon. Medium creamy mouthfeel. Great beer! Thanks for sharing Jason! Marheb (5773) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Agréablement surpris par l’absence d’éthanol, autant dans le bouquet que dans la descente. Grosse couche de caramel et de houblons gazonnées, très sirupeux et amer. Le bourbon n’est pas un facteur si ce n’est de la vanille en fin de bouche. BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Bottle acquired via trade with sigma23...THANKS AGAIN TIM!!! One of only 612 bottles of this one and very glad I had a chance to try it. Beautiful glowing crimson brown body with a thin eggshell head that settles into a whisp. Aroma is bright and sugary simultaneously with caramel, toffee, brown sugar and molasses accompanied by underlying hops. Flavor is complex and sweet without being cloying. Maple, honey, and a faint hint of wood show themselves. Not getting a ton of bourbon here. A little syrupy but not sticky. YUM...a WINNER!!!