Tannen Bomb - Golden Valley Brewery and Pub
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3/5 rDev -22.9%
This was a bottle of the 2004 version of Tannen Bomb. I live about 2.5 hours from McMinnville and drop in often. I remember this being better on tap.
The beer poured light brown with a off white creamy head. It had good lacing but the head dropped pretty quick.
The nose was a caramel. It was rather light. It was a thin ligt bodied mouthfeel. The flavor was moderately sweet and slightly malty. There was a moderate bitterness and a bit of acholol bit. I remember earlier versions being more of a warmer with more alcohol and more malt. This years version is not holding up as well as prior years. The early 2000's editions could age over a year and were rich and thick. Hopefully next years will return to the full winter warmer this used to be.
05-09-2005 02:38:25 | More by beercollector
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
3.3/5 rDev -15.2%
Dense brown in color with some fizziness, but not much of a head. Pretty nice aroma with toffee and caramel and some fruit, maybe even a little cinnamon. The sweetness in the flavor is a little overwhelming. Stonger fruit notes come out as it warms. Medium bodied, for some reason I thought it was going to be more full bodied than this. I think I'd have to be in the mood for this one since the sweetness was so strong. Not an everyday beer.
11-30-2005 19:51:28 | More by nvsblman
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
3.45/5 rDev -11.3%
poured out relatively vigorously yet no head formed and the beer appeared a little lifeless. hazy amber in color, while caramel malt and prunes predominated the nose. flavor is much the same, with a slight bit of funky, yeasty notes detected. really, kinda boring... but mouthfeel is this beers best quality; creamy with ample carbonation. i don't know what the hell "winter warmer" means in terms of style, but this is essentially a strong red ale... nothing special. i could drink a few of these if i wanted to, but it's just so much an underwhelming experience that i wouldn't (wan't to).
ok, so i'm editing my review a few minutes later and as the beer has warmed it has also become a little more flavorful. and i'm not so sure it's a strong red ale anymore but it is didtinctively English... something like an English strong ale.
11-06-2006 08:10:33 | More by unclederby
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
3.55/5 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
3.63/5 rDev -6.7%
Thanks goes out to gunhaver for this one.
A: Pours a nice golden hue with a very small head. No lacing noted on my pour.
S: Aromas of sweet malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, and caramel.
T: Flavor very much like the aroma. Brown sugar and caramel up front. A touch of roasty malt with a bit of dark fruit in the finish.
M: Medium in body, smooth and creamy.
D: Pretty tasty.
02-16-2009 21:16:55 | More by tpd975
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
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
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
3.9/5 rDev +0.3%
12 oz bottle poured into my large St. Feuillien goblet, TB is a clear garnet with an off-white head that settles to a thick skim and leaves decent lace.
Smell is sweet grains, caramel, maple sugar, pine resin hops, a bit phenolic.
Taste is pretty strong on the caramel, with some toffee and vanilla, caramelized sugars
Mouthfeel is sharp and creamy, with sticky malt and a spicy, bitter finish.
Drinkability is pretty good, a nice full flavored winter warmer that satisfies without beating up the palate. The well hidden ABV makes it a good value and a sure-fire way to spread the yule tide cheer!
12-02-2008 00:12:48 | More by ccrida
3.9/5 rDev +0.3%
12oz capped bomber poured into a Stone IPA glass.
A: This beer poured a deep amber with a finger and a half tan head which thinned quickly leaving almost no lacing in the glass.
S: The nose was sweet with malt and caramel and a hint of spicy hops.
T: The taste was sweet with caramel and malt notes and finished with some hop bitterness.
M: The mouthfeel was of a medium body with some sharpness in the feel at the end
D: The drinkability was good as it had a mildly pleasant alcohol warmth which makes this a very good winter warmer.
This beer really improved as it warmed in the glass.
10-02-2010 22:42:23 | More by uturn
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
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
3.98/5 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
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
Tannen Bomb from Golden Valley Brewery and Pub
87 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.