Tannen Bomb - Golden Valley Brewery and Pub
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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
4.7/5 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
4.45/5 rDev +14.4%
The beer poured into the glass hazy deep amber brown with an off-white head which lasted to lace the glass.
The aroma was fruity and estery with dark fruits, raisins in particular, and a deep complex maltiness followed by a citrusy, but still earthy hop aroma that was well muted. Some spciy phenols emerged as the beer warmed.
The flavor was malty with complexity in sherrylike old ale characteristics. The fruit component was cherries dark fruits like raisins but still with a pineapple character. The malt was well achieved and the bittering kept it all well rounded and interesting. Also in the flavor was a substantial nutty component (Munich malt?).
The finish was dry with caramel and a strong fruit/hop complexity lasting long into the finish. The body was medium to medium full and the alcohol presence only really noticeable in the phenols of the aroma, but no real warming occured after consumption. A very interesting, complex and tasty beer.
12 ounce twist off bottle. Thanks weefisheads! I really wish I had another bottle of this elixir...the tag says $1.35, I've tasted much less for much more...
03-20-2005 02:15:30 | More by GCBrewingCo
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
4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
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: This is a pretty good beer, would buy this one again.
11-21-2011 04:21:46 | More by loren01
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
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
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
4.22/5 rDev +8.5%
Reddish amber color. Small head. Aroma is spicy (cinnamon and clove) and fruity. A medium bodied strong ale. Malts are nutty and sweet. Hops are piney and grapefruity. Lots of winter spices in the beer, cinnamon, nutmeg and a touch of clove and ginger. Well balanced. Smooth taste. Nice winter warmer. Hides the 8% alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
01-03-2004 04:25:38 | More by beerguy101
4.18/5 rDev +7.5%
Surprise lurking on the bottom shelf at the beer store; another new beer from Golden Valley, and its a winter ale! The label is another nice, subdued work, and is quite attractive.
When I poured it, I was surprised that no foam appeared. A slightly more vertical pour encouraged some, but its just a slight rim of golden bubbles. The beer itself is the first I've had that could be described as garnet colored since I'd seen the term first applied to a beer this summer. Turns out VENOM already used the term to describe the beer so I'll just describe it as a deep amber syrup with a somewhat dull appearance. Looks and smells like it ought to be a doppelboch, with a heavy malt nose and a somewhat suggestive alcohol aroma.
Taste is quite warm and pleasant. My Beer fridge was too cold, so it took some time to warm to a good serving temperature, but when it had, the flavor was greatly enhanced. It washed the the biscuit malt grain down nicely, and easily filled the sweet and bready void. The hops provide a slightly bitter finish, but it dries the palate nicely, complimenting the sip itself.
About halfway through the beer the high ABV becomes apparent. This is obviously brewed by someone who lives in the NW, and understands the intolerable grays and SAD blues. A pleasant addition to the winter ale collection.
11-09-2003 01:08:24 | More by freed
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
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
British Columbia (Canada)
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
I had this down in the cellar for a year and it very much turned what was once a spicy winter warmer into a vinous barley wine. The nose turned slightly aged with some hops on the rise but the first taste is quite interesting. The balance and hops are apparent but a nice vinous backbone has arisen with a slightly sour edge. The edges are rounded off and the flavours are more delicate. This beer copuld not really benefit from any more aging but the one year experiment brings added interest to an already good beer.
12-28-2004 17:41:46 | More by canucklehead
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
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
4/5 rDev +2.8%
Dark coppery/auburn, with a nice tan head that lasts not quite long enough, this is one of my favorite holiday offerings. A very hoppy flavor that isn't bitter at all, only the 8% alcohol reduces the drinkability score. Interestingly, it has a strong malty smell that seems to compliment the hoppy taste when you drink it. Love the name, too. Highly recommended.
01-05-2004 03:21:06 | More by jtfest
4/5 rDev +2.8%
12 oz bottle from John's Marketplace served during Twelve Beers of Christmas tasting, 12/22/09. Sampled at HAF earlier in month, and after pouring Jim during Friday am session and seeing this interest in this beer, added to tasting roster.
Dark amber body, light tan 1 finger head, slow dissipation with nice lacing. Nose is pretty complex, big bready malt presence balanced by spicy and piney hops, but they are not dominant. The taste isn't overly hoppy, once again a nice balance. Good carbonation and nice mouthfeel, very drinkable. I'll be investigating other brews from this brewery in the future. One of the best Winter Warmers I've come across so far. Recommended.
12-23-2009 17:42:07 | More by jdense
3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
Equal parts dark bronze, brick red and rustic orange with fiery orange edges. The golden brown sugar head is impressively tight-bubbled and should stick around for a good long while. As expected, a thick coat of lace is beginning to appear as the cap deflates (and results in plenty of eye candy in the end). Now this is how a winter warmer ought to look.
The nose is heavy on sweet caramel and light on citric hops. My first impression of 'too weak' no longer applies now that the head has almost finished melting. I'm now able to appreciate a pleasant buttered rum aroma that puts me in mind of the holidays.
Tannen Bomb may not be a malt bomb as the brewery would have us believe, but it does fit comfortably within the bounds of the style; something that isn't always a given when it comes to winter warmers. Several more mouthfuls tell me that it belongs on the lighter end of the style scale however. Even more malt and even more rich, malty flavor would make it an even better beer.
The hop bill consists of Chinook, Liberty and Fuggles (brewed with) and Kent Goldings (dry-hopped with). Chinook is possibly the only one of those that I might have been able to identify due to the resiny, spiced grapefruit flavor that it imparts. I could do with more hops as well as more malt. A citric tartness is at least as prominent as bitterness, with sweet bringing up the rear. Unusual, and not entirely welcome, for the style.
The beer would be much better served with a bigger, chewier mouthfeel. It seems like it'll get there when beer first enters mouth, but the expected viscosity never really materializes. Age might be the culprit, although without any sort of dating, how would I know whether I have a one-year-old or a two-year-old bottle? I doubt that it's any older than that.
Tannen Bomb, while good beer and a fine version of a sometimes hard to define style, isn't as explosive as it could be. As always, my suggestion to is add more of everything. It's a good little drinker though and is another worthwhile offering from little known Golden Valley Brewery.
09-21-2006 23:37:58 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
In pouring this beer, I noticed that the head was smaller and shorter than a typical session ale, which I thought was nice in this style, but the color of the beer reminded me of something closer to a strong IPA than to a winter warmer. I was confused when I noticed all the cloudy/chunky funk at and near the bottom of the glass. Only after about an hour after drinking did I realize that this was the "tannen" part of the "Tannen Bomb". Still, it reminded me of some spoiled beer that I occasionally buy at Grocery Outlet.
The taste was nice. Strong and lingering hop character, but well matched with the sweet and round malt. After the first big swig and between the second, I noticed the slow creep of the warmth up my throat.
Very smooth for as high an ABV. A nice drinker.
02-09-2005 04:49:59 | More by unklesyd
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
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
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
3.93/5 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
3.93/5 rDev +1%
Here we are, just a couple weeks into fall, and already I'm drawn to the Tannen Bomb Winter Warmer on-tap at Bailey's, downtown Portland. $4 for a 12 oz. snifter-fill. Possibly the earliest calendar date I've ever had this or any other of the style. Have had this several times, most recently was probably the Holiday Ale Festival last December.
A: Dark brown/mahogany pour with lighter glints of amber. Retains a fairly firm 1/2-finger cap of creamy, soapy ivory and falls gradually to a thinner scattering of sparkling film. Slow and steady carbonation crawls up the glass, concealed somewhat back in the murkier depths. Pretty lace, sticking in thin bands.
S: Light aroma that's got a pleasant malty sweetness tempered by some herbal and citrus hoppiness. Also holds a squeeze of honey, a dash of orange zest, faint tannic oak and traces of holiday spice. Not as bold as I'd have liked, but enough to evoke a cold winter day (and a warming ale to go with it).
T: Toasty malt and a sugary caramel go nicely with a more pronounced bittering (pithy orange rind and grapefruit). Balance seems fair - beginning malty with earthy hints of cocoa and peat, evolving to sharper citrus and tart fruit/hops, then rounding of with a more caramel finish.
M: Well carbonated, steady mouthfeel, leaning towards creaminess. Having read other reviews that cited a weakness in this category, I wonder if those suffered some from being kept in bottles; this kegged version was fresh, lively, medium/full-bodied and held up for several minutes with a gentle citrus-y/malty coating finish.
D: A tasty winter warmer with a concealed alcohol strength; 8% is virtually undetectable. Good flavor profile and nice balance. A beer that I'll certainly having again this fall/winter, especially when the draught version is available.
10-07-2007 00:36:18 | More by msubulldog25
Tannen Bomb from Golden Valley Brewery and Pub
87 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.