Tannen Bomb - Golden Valley Brewery and Pub
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Reviews by beernut7:
3.4/5 rDev -12.6%
Pours a deep, dark amber with a thin lace on the glass. The aroma is strongly of sweet toffee and roasted malt. The predominant introductory flavor is of sweet, sweet candy on top of a heavy body with a building big hop presence. Both spice and bitterness present simultaneously and add to the complexity of the warming alcohol finish with a hint of sour tang.
01-03-2004 15:31:51 | More by beernut7
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4/5 rDev +2.8%
Pours a slightly hazy deep amber with a one finger slightly off white head somewhat creamy look to it,wow big fruit in the aromas it really jumps out at ya as it warmed a little the brown sugar and caramel elements show thru more very appetizing.After the first few sips I noticed quite a big alcohol burn but as I drank more it semmed to meld into a nice rounded winter ale, brown sugar and ripe fruit like cherry even a little orange with some caramel.The alcohol is strong up front but this is quite good it is a big malt bomb and really warming.
12-17-2005 02:44:05 | More by oberon
3.55/5 rDev -8.7%
Sampled at the 2003 Holiday Ale Festival, Portland OR. A robust English style winter ale with woody, buttery malts (a hint of varnish). Hops include Chinook, Liberty and Fuggles, creating a hop flavor that is sharp but doesn't overwhelm. Mouthfeel very smooth and pleasing, aroma equally good. The beer may be a bit in the raw, unrefined. It's certainly solid but maybe a little boring.
12-08-2003 04:22:43 | More by Thrasher
3.9/5 rDev +0.3%
Thin head off tap yielded minimal, buy solid lacing. Caramel hazy orange in color.
Complex toasty malts and some fruity hop nose
T tastes like it smells sweet front end, toasty offer caramel and a bitter obviously chinook induced finish. I noted a alight
Astringent alcohol burn that I did not like.
Okay, a little thinner than it should be. Smooth and light on palate, bit letting it's "winter warmer" label influence my review. It's bit hefty in the mouth.
Meh. Decent beer, but overall small bang for the
Buck. Alcohol comes through in the taste
Solid beer I may try again but alcohol shines through and it's astringency turns me off.
02-17-2011 23:27:19 | More by Jgcarrick
4.28/5 rDev +10%
Hazy clove brown with a nice 1/2 inch head of pale tan. Fat string laces. Nice aroma, a lot of cling peaches in syrup stuff goin' on. The fruit theme continues into the flavor, lots of orchard fresh peach and apricot, some apple cider and cherry. Hopping is good but not assertive, malt, slight yeast, and fruit are showcased in this medium carbonated beer. Mouthfeel is shy of what I was expecting, but there is a slight alcohol note. Bright and fresh for a Winter brew, different and a lot of fun.
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12-07-2003 19:41:09 | More by ADR
3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
Pours a pretty, opaque brown color with orange highlights. The inch of head is khaki-colored, creamy, and retains wonderfully while leaving some pretty lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet caramel and dark malts, dark fruit, and a subtle nutty character. Palate is sweet malt, dark fruit, and just a touch of light fruity hops. Slightly pungent notes of tropical fruit are evident around mid-palate. Body is fairy thick but not creamy. Alcohol is very well masked, so much so that this is a fairly dangerous beer that can sneak up on you pretty quickly. On the whole, very tasty, although the fruitiness can get a little funky after a while.
11-11-2006 08:10:09 | More by ElGordo
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
A: The ale is an amber color with brownish highlights. The head was 1.5 fingers on pour before dissolved to a small band.
S: The aroma is a malty nose with spicy hop character and a bit of tangy nutmeg.
T: The flavor is strong caramel and biscuit malts. The concentration is surprising, creating a very bread-like taste that is highlighted by nutmeg and cinnamon notes. The alcohol comes through clearly, accentuating the malt and spices. There is a bit of hop bitterness that comes through near the end, adding a flourish to the finish.
M: The ale is a strong, malty ale, flavorful and warming.
D: The abv is high and somewhat noticeable in the taste, but 8%? That shocked me. The ale is a nice drink for a cold winter night.
02-10-2007 00:23:59 | More by akorsak
4.13/5 rDev +6.2%
Pours dark amber with a good sized head, plenty of lacings.
Aroma is sweet roasted malts, some fruits, floral hops.
Taste is dark roasted malts with enough bitter hops to balance the flavor.
Moothfeel is rich and some bitterness in the finish.
Drinkability is pretty good for the high abv. Alcohol is fairly well hidden.
11-03-2008 08:32:14 | More by Spikester
3.93/5 rDev +1%
Poured a fresh 12oz bottle into a goblet. Poured a light mahogany with brilliant ruby and garnet highlights with a frosting-like two-finger head of a creamy hazelnut color. The head stuck around for an eternity before fading to a thick collar leaving some fair lacing down the glass.
Aroma of a neutral and even-tempered winter warmer. Plenty of malt, with a good caramel sweetness augmented by blackberry honey and a bit of pastry aroma. Some herbal and floral hop notes waft through the sweeness, as does a subtle hint of spices and a touch of fruity hops.
Tastes like a solid winter warmer. Even malt, a bit more on the sweet side than bready, with a nice earthy undertone. Fruit sweetness as a result of the citrusy hops blending with the malt, yielding notes of fig, caramelized apple, plums, and a unique and enticing blackberry flavor. There's definite hoping but it's not in-your-face, gently lending its floral and herbal hop notes with just the slightest grapefruit essence. Subtle hints of cinnamon, clove, mace, and cardamom remind you its winter. Pretty beautiful flavor profile that's unbelievably well rounded.
Full bodied and creamy, with a more full body than the glowing garnet would hint at. Carbonation seems perfect, gently coaxing the creaminess and full mouthfeel to a pinnacle. A touch of maple syrupiness texturally reminds the tongue of the sweetness while a slightly bitter and barely astringent hop bittering balances nicely.
Overall, a very solid winter warmer with a few interesting flavors. Nothing outstanding and nothing unbelievably out of the ordinary, while some of the fruit notes (blackberry), spices, and herbal (english?) hops created a nicely well-rounded winter warmer when it seems the trend is either maltorific or hop bomb disguised in a snowcapped label. Definitely worth cracking a bottle if you find yourself with the opportunity.
11-12-2008 21:41:16 | More by djeucalyptus
3.18/5 rDev -18.3%
Every year now I pick up a couple of these because I kinda of like this beer. It never really lets me down. However this is the only beer from Golden Valley Brewery I like. The brewery is near by and I should go for a visit.
A: Pours a nice clear reddish color with a good sized frothy white head and good lacing down the glass
S: Smell is sweet and malty also some caramel scents in there
T: Caramel and toffee sweetness up front followed by a grassy/herbal hop presence
M: Medium bodied beer finished a little dry
O: Maybe not as good as last years concoction. But I'm a fan.
12-30-2011 01:40:01 | More by tompearson
3.93/5 rDev +1%
The beer pours a murky blood red color, the head is purposeful in size, creamy in consistency, and light tan in color as it dissipates it leaves behind a sticky and thick sheet of lace to conceal the glass. Ripe bananas, yeast, malt, cotton candy sweet all make up this quite sniffable beer. Ambrosial the start, tons of malt, the top middling in feel, the finish minimally acidic, the hops present, but not over powering and the 8.5 ABV hit in all the malt. Quite drinkable, and a beer worthy of a sample, I think a bit different from the run of the mill Strong Ales.
02-09-2003 14:16:34 | More by Gusler
4.3/5 rDev +10.5%
Deep carmine hue, with a stiff, khaki head that yields attractive lace. Pungent combination of spicy cinnamon notes and nectar like sweetness hits the nose upfront. Sandalwood and pine sap ensue in a softer fashion. Swirling release hints of sour plum, yeast must and butterscotch. Very inviting and soothing aromawise. Smells spiced, but I don't think it is. In flavor, all components are well balanced. This is an egalitarian brew. Malt components are of well buttered, lightly burnt toffee and toasted rye hints. Integrated esters of a red grape and dried date nature complement malt aptly. Hop bitterness is well calculated, and offsets residual sweetness to the point were dark caramel remains, and simpler, sugary notes are overshadowed. Hop flavor is mostly floral with a citrus zest twang. Moderate in body, with sufficient dextrins for a firm, but not overly hefty mouthfeel. Finishes with a surge of black currant sweetness that fades into a simple, agreeable, lingering dry biscuit presence. A complex, very tasty brew that deserves to be sipped, but begs to be consumed hastily. A fine combination of an English style old ale and American Barleywine. Superbly drinkable.
01-09-2004 01:59:05 | More by marc77
3.53/5 rDev -9.3%
This seems to have hit the stores this week. Saw a bomber of this on sale for $3.49; regularly $3.99. Poured into a clear pint glass.
A-Pours a deep amber hue with a two finger, light tan foamy head. Modest retention and lacing.
S-Somewhat subdued malt aroma that is biscuit like with caramel. There is also a very faint floral hop presence in the nose. Expected more from its supposedly "massive malt complex."
T-Toasted caramel malts with some hop bitterness. Fruitier more than sweet. Not nearly robust enough to "take the chill off the cold winter months." Thankfully, it is still early autumn in the PNW.
M-Smooth, but the mouthfeel is too light for style.
D-This is nothing to get excited about. Winter Warmer is one of my favorite styles, and at 8.0% ABV this is very welcome for winter, but I have a hard time believing it since this beer goes downhill after the pour. Overall, lackluster.
10-16-2010 02:37:12 | More by velosuds
3.9/5 rDev +0.3%
Quite an attractive deep brown coloured ale, slightlyhazy with a beautiful thick, creamy off white head. Nice laceing.
A very malty aroma to this one,mainlly smells of caramel and slight chocolate hints.
In taste this brewis indeed dominated by the amalts, as it says so on the label, but it is not too sweet and has a low intensity, long lasting bitterness near the end. Taste profiles: ddark fruits, dried apricots and dark unrefined sugars.
I found this quite pleasant on the palate on this cold late Fall night.
Good cold weather ale, though I believe two would be sufficient before bed!
11-27-2005 16:46:20 | More by Reidrover
4.78/5 rDev +22.9%
This is one of those beers that I had a long time ago and remember being REALLY good and had wanted to try again. Unfortunately, it's pretty hard to find outside the Portland-area. Thankfully, I know of a store that is almost sure to always have em...but that's a secret! :)
4-month old, 22 oz. bottle:
The Tannen Bomb has a nice, thick, latte-esque, mocha-colored head which results in pretty thick lacing. This is obviously heavily malted, as the label says. The beer itself is a dark, deep copper color--sorta like an IPA.
The smell is very nice but is actually kind of difficult to describe. It is incredibly sweet and reminiscent of candy strawberry or cherry. There is even a little cotton candy. I also felt like I detected a little bourbon and caramel. No hops. No yeast.
The taste, like the smell, is very sweet and is reminiscent of a strawberry or cherry cream soda. There is some mild hoppyness but it is mostly malty and sweet like candy. This is an awesome brew! It is very drinkable and pleasant. It says it is a "Winter Warmer" yet is without any chocolate or harsh hop flavors which are usually present in warmers. Maybe this is half warmer, half barley wine?
The only downside to this, I think, would be its sweetness. It certainly makes for a good nightcap or a dessert, but didn't go well with the snack of potato chips I had about half way through drinking the 22oz. I was hungry but couldn't really think of anything I had that would go well with the beer so I just had to take a break and keep eating before drinking any more. This might go well with cherry or apple pie, or with any fruit in general, but you may find it more enjoyable on its own.
03-13-2010 00:47:18 | More by MadeInOregon
4.38/5 rDev +12.6%
Dark reddish orange in color (slightly hazy) with an off-white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet and caramel malts with some light floral hops. Flavor is very similar to taste, with the addition of vanilla and alcohol. Although this is a malt heavy brew, it's very well balanced. Body is medium, it's lightly carbonated, and has a creamy mouth feel. The taste of alcohol is noticeable, but it provides a very nice warming feeling in the finish. Very drinkable despite the higher alcohol content.
09-22-2011 06:14:42 | More by notsoprobeer
4.3/5 rDev +10.5%
Nice deep dark amber color. Head started off thin, then exploded to about a finger think, then died down again, but a little sticks around to lace the glass. Strong malt aroma which forewarns you of the massive malt flavor. A decent holiday beer and worth a try, but I don't think it's one of the better ones out there.
10-08-2002 22:29:33 | More by sinistersteve
3.95/5 rDev +1.5%
Hazy carmel amber color with light tan head. Not much of a head or lacings.
Smell is sweet and malty. Mouthfeel is slick and alchoholic, not much carbonation. Taste is malty sweet with carmel then goes down kind of bitter with a strong lingering aftertaste.
Not a bad winterwarmer but definately a slow sipper. Seems to smooth out a bit as it warms.
11-11-2005 23:52:32 | More by kgotcher
4/5 rDev +2.8%
The beer pours a ruby red color with a 1/2" offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a complex malt scent that boasts of pale crystal and roasted malts along with a mild hop aroma. It is slightly sweet and warm. The taste is good. It has a smooth roasted flavor that goes down easy and finishes slightly bitter, malty and warm. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good winter warmer. It's not over the top, but it is full of flavor with an excellent malt palate.
03-14-2005 22:08:26 | More by WesWes
3.68/5 rDev -5.4%
12 oz. bottle from Cost Plus "Winter Brews" mix pack.
Appearance: Clear red, almost amber in color. Firm head with decent lacing
Smell: Rich toasty malt aroma, hints of plum and raisin.
Taste: Firm bitterness to match the copious alcohol. Slightly warming. Rich dark malt flavor with some hoppiness.
Mouthfeel: Well carbonated with a big body reminiscent of a barleywine.
Drinkability: Overall a solid effort, seems more like a barleywine than a winter warmer (or are these not mutually exclusive categories?). A bit heavy and very fresh, I think this beer would really shine with some aging.
12-30-2008 05:05:41 | More by dabudah
4.7/5 rDev +20.8%
What a pleasant surprise!!! Poured a rich mahogany with an off color two finger head of foam. Didn't notice the lacing for my anxiousness to go directly to taste. Did not disappoint. Sweet cherries and chocolate- not unlike the candy from Cella's. Silky mouthfeel and a memorable aftertaste that provoked past events of my youth. Perfect carbonation. Truly a fine brewed rendition of comfortable stress relieving sex. I will give these folk another chance...an IPA from GVB that I sampled last month sucked.
02-04-2012 23:58:35 | More by RedBiddy
Tannen Bomb from Golden Valley Brewery and Pub
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