ManvsCity (183) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 28, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2009 Bomber from Chuck’s in Bowling Green. Half inch quickly dissipating head, off white, with a hint of greenish brown, solid lacing as it fades. Body is a dark brown, growing cloudy at bottom of the bottle. Dark cocoa, almost bitter chocolate dances through the floral hops and rich maltiness. At first, it feels lighter than most barleywine, but the alcohol heat catches up with you quickly. Really a unique beer. Wish I could have cellared a couple of bottles to compare next year. Not quite as mellow as it warms. JediMindTricks (446) - Remington, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2009
Hops and sugary malt aroma. The flavor of hops dominates, which I really enjoy in this style. Pours a dark, murky amber with hints of orange. The head is small and short-lived, quickly leaving a collar and traces of lacing boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - DEC 4, 2007
Pours a cloudy, deep rusty red with woody mahogany hints. A thin off-white head fully dissipates immediately. Toasted grain and multiple hop direction leads in the nose. Grapefruit and spruce/pine mintiness is blunt. Alcohol is strong but sweet and fruity. Toasted grains are very burnt and slightly acrid. The flavor is not as bitter as expected, but is indeed highly hoppy. Depth of complexity is modest. Sweetness is medium. The finish is chewy and malty, semi-sweet and lightly bitter. The mouthfeel is sticky and medium-full bodied. Not as interesting as I’d hoped. brianjames1 (539) - Northridge, California, USA - JUL 28, 2010
22oz bottle into snifter. Pours dark brown with medium tan head. Smells of multiple malts and finishes with some hops on the nose. Medium mouth feel with low to moderate carbo. Taste of sweet malts and little hops on the palate. Decent barleywine however was expecting more intense flavors. sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2011
Tap->honker: Pours a thin white head atop a murky, dark amber body. A mild, sweet aroma. Full bodied, moderately sweet, but not too heavy, finishing with a pleasant sweetness and a general sweetness on the tongue.
GuilTTy (733) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Bomber. Deep chestnut pur supporting a thick and long lasting dark tan head. Thick lacing. Big malty aroma. Malt takes center stage throughout with dark fruits, caramel, vanilla and alcohol. Texture was a bit chewy. Long, sweet finish. Homer321 (5110) - Melboring, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle thanks to BMart. Pours a murky dark red. minimal off white head. Nose is honey sweet lacking most esters. Taste is similar. Slightly chewy with some candy, fruit roll up flavors but not much complexity. Drinkable but other than fruitiness kinda bland. No alcohol warming. Clean. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Poured into a snifter. 2011 vintage.
3.5 A: Ruddy plum brown color. Two fingers of beige, frothy on the bottom, foamy on the top head. Retention is alright given the ABV and a small ring of lacing is left.
3.5 S: Caramel and brown sugar with plum, light fig, and melon fruitiness. There’s a good bit of hoppiness to this. Grapefruit, pine, and a touch of citrus.
3.5 T: Tastes like the nose. Caramel, brown sugar, and just a touch of toffee. Plum, raisin, fig, and melon fruitiness. Moderate bitterness with grapefruit, pine, and citrus hop flavor.
4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth.
3.5 D: Honestly I’m a bit shocked. Every other time I’ve had this I’ve enjoyed it much more. Of course, I never had it around the six month period. It seems like I’m right in the middle of this beer’s awkward stage. I think I might re-review this at the one year mark. When this is fresh, the hops pop and give it a malty DIPA vibe. When this is old, the malts really shine. Right now, I can’t say either of those things.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-14-2011 05:14:07 nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2012
Bottle. Pours a brown lot of head. Smells tastes of pine citrus maple sugar. Sweet with a bite of hops. I’m tried of hoppy barley wines I think. Bring on the booze. Not bad for the type of barley wine that it is. madvike (3271) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Bottle shared by MrPickles...thanks Andy! - Pours murky brown with a thin bubbly head. Nose is bready, a bit yeasty, and a touch of herbal hoppiness. Taste is more hoppy, herbal with light yeast and lots of dry bread. Gentle body, with soft carbonation.