Tannen Bomb | Golden Valley Brewery and Pub

Tannen BombTannen Bomb
BA SCORE
3.87/5
44 Ratings
Tannen BombTannen Bomb
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Golden Valley Brewery and Pub
Oregon, United States
goldenvalleybrewery.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by sinistersteve on 10-08-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,045
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
44
pDev:
11.63%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
1
Trade:
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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of nvsblman
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of kgotcher
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of beercollector
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of unklesyd
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of marc77
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of jtfest
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of beernut7
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of beerguy101
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of ADR
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of freed
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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”.

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Photo of sinistersteve
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Tannen Bomb from Golden Valley Brewery and Pub
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 44 ratings
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