beernovice39 (3269) - Idaho, USA - OCT 28, 2012
On tap at Rooster’s Beak. Dark red pour with a thick tan top. Scent is malty, woody with a note of bourbon. Taste is wood, caramel, rye and some spicy hops. Good stuff! jrob21 (3874) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Murky brown color. Aroma is slightly wild yeast with a bit of cherry to it. Flavor is deep red fruit, some vanilla, and wood from the ageing. Finish is a little boozy with some wood and grit on the back of the palate. Pretty good drink and it all comes together nicely. ben4321 (6827) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Location: 22 oz bottle from Oak Tree, 1/4/13
Ratman197 (15608) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Aroma: The nose is rich caramel malts, with some bourbon, vanilla, molasses, and a little rye
Appearance: Pours a clear reddish color with a small beige head that leaves drippy lace
Flavor: This one is heavy malty, much like the nose component-wise, the caramel leads the way
Palate: This one is fairly full bodied, with a thickish, slightly sticky feel, and minimal heat
This was a pretty cleaver Barleywine. Somehow it sits there with minimal heat at 10%+. The caramel malts dominate, and the bourbon barrel aging adds a nice component. Rather good stuff. I’m glad I tried it.
Bomber courtesy of CraftBeerDesign (thanks Geoff!) poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of toffee, tobacco, rye, light bourbon and light oak. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of oak, toffee, rye, light fruittiness and light bourbon with a smooth lingering oak finish. Flat out kicks the Swiss versions ass! jbruner (5448) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 18, 2014
BFM swing top versus Terrapin bomber, both from 2011. BFM pours a much darker brown, Terrapin a copper, both with minimal to no head or lacing. Aroma on the BFM is more intense, some roast and dark fruit, hint of vanilla. BFM has some sour notes on the tongue, acetic tartness, Terrapin is much more toward the barley wine, big caramel and vanilla. Terrapin is smoother, BFM is more complex. Definitely a cool beer.
Kavu (5248) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 2, 2015
A small taste from a friend (bottle) @ One Pint Pub. Pours clear deep chestnut with a low head. Aroma is roasted malts, dark fruits, alcohol and spices. Flavor is sweet and sour roasted malts, vinegar, dark fruits and some hops. Quite nice. Dogbrick (14290) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Sample at GABF 10/11/2012, thanks to Bluemeow76 for assistance with note-taking. The beer pours a slightly murky reddish-brown color with a medium off-white head and a top ring of lacing. Aroma of oaky bourbon and malt. Full-bodied and smooth with flavors of dark malt, bourbon and fruit. The finish is oaky with a caramel malt aftertaste. Above average overall. maxwelldeux (4433) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - OCT 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a small-to-moderate white head. Nose has notes of wine and bourbon in it, just like it says. Remarkably easy drink for the alcohol content and the aging. Very interesting. smith4498 (3687) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Pours slightly hazy copper color with khaki head. Aromas of caramel, vanilla, oak and rye. Sweet caramel and rye flavors with some vanilla and oak and a hint of alcohol. Minimal bourbon flavor. Medium to full body with soft carbonation. hopdog (13191) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2013
22oz bottle. Poured a deep orange / amber color with an off white head. Aromas of toffee, some oaky/woodiness, caramel, grains and a trace of bourbon. Tastes of caramel, vanilla, brown sugary, dark fruits, bourbon, and some wood.