FROTHINGSLOSH (8142) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 30, 2011
Oaked version. Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a dark red-caramel color with a small beige head that left minimal lacing. The aroma was strong sweet pineapple, coconut, vanilla and apple. The flavor was very sweet pineapple, coconut, vanilla, grapefruit and pine with undertones of candied dark fruits. The finish was long and sweet with lingering pineapple, coconut and pine. Thick and full bodied. Amazing. bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2011
On tap at the Melting Point in Athens, GA. This sat reddish-brown with almost no head, giving off strong aromas of booze. Flavors followed suit, with brandy out front and finishing notes of cognac, bourbon, and hard candy. Where the aroma proved quite appetizing, however, these flavors left me flat. There’s vanilla in there and a whiff of caramel, but also too much alcohol burn. A decent sipper, but lacking in depth for the abv - get a barleywine instead - and without the satisfying freshness of Southern Tier’s hoppier offerings. trancecyclist (50) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2011
Served in a tulip glass on tap at the Falls Taproom in Philadelphia. Nice head and appealing dark color. Very malty and sweet; tasted like a very strong dubbel to me. The hops are relatively subdued as is the oak flavor. Would prefer this brew to have its sweetness counterbalanced with a stronger oak and hop character; as it is, it’s...very sweet. Ratman197 (15372) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2011
Bomber courtesy of adneilson poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of toffee, plum, raisin, oak and vanilla. Palate was m,edium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of oak, toffee, vanilla and plum with a smooth dry lingering oak finish. drowland (9078) - Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2011
4/8/11. Bomber vertical with 1 and 2. Looks very similar to 2, reddish, almost clear, but a little darker. Fruity almost Belgian aroma of a quad or tripel with a sweet flavor that hints of grapes and yeast (this is the sweetest of all 3). In general these are all too sweet - sweet, sweeter, and sweetest in order. Meh.
jb (3414) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 2, 2011
Echoes of a barley wine, which is not my favorite style by a long stretch.
Appearance is dark orange/amber, minimal head, clear, an interesting faint lacing pattern. Nose is nice, candy, wood, dried fruit. Very sweet and syrupy palate initially, then a touch of sour, a bit of warming from the booze, and stickiness is what you are left with in your mouth. Not bad, I let this one age for a month, may have helped.
I agree this is a disappointing series of beers from Southern Tier. I like the experimentation, but this brewer seems best with hops and hefty stouts.
beerbill (3618) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 1, 2011
22 oz. bottle. Pours a mostly clear amber with a thin-moderate off-white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left partial lace. Pleasant aroma that is fairly sweet with honey, vanilla, caramel and alcohol. The flavor is even sweeter than the alcohol with syrupy sugar, caramel, vanilla, and alcohol all in abundance. A bit of the oak does manage to push its way through. Boozey finish. Of the three beers in this series, this one at 3.1 is my highest rating, which tells you all you need to know about this set of beers. thornecb (6062) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Pours clear mahogany into a snifter. White head recedes to nothing leaving spot lacing . Oak and vanilla aromas. Slick with front to back oak, vanilla and roasted nuts. WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Pours a clear amber. Thin beige head that dissipates quickly. Moderate aroma of vanilla, toffee, oak and toasted bread. Flavor is straight up Bran Flakes. Seriously. It has this slightly sweet grainy quality that tastes just like Bran Flakes. A mild oakiness and some vanilla assert themselves a bit more as the beer warms up a bit. Medium mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Clean finish. Not something I’d go out of my way to get again, but a nice beer. williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Intense (!) cherry aroma; sour and spicy like a cherry wood. Sweet and sugary. Toffee and molasses. Dark berries with notes of red wine. Tremendously complex.
The appearance is an oaky-red hue. Not much head. Nice carbonation. No lace.
The flavor is where the oak hits, balanced by the sugary toffee and cherry. Very sweetly sugary, with the oak and cherry balance.
The palate is chunky, fizzy, creamy and smooth. Sweetly aromatic, pungent to the taste. The oak does add a nice accent (not always the case) but overall it’s an English ale with cherry and oakl.