Apex Barleywine 2015 – Bomber Brewing Co. (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Apex Barleywine 2015 – Bomber Brewing Company, 10% ABV – 86 IBU, 650 ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

on the front-left label:

“A Canadian winter is a time of traditions, from the first day on the slopes to the last game of shinny. We wait all year for the time to be right, as we’ve awaited the apex barleywine. Aged in cabernet franc barrels, and made with over 15 malts and mountainous hops, this brew is worthy of a tradition of its own.”


  • Style: (Vintage) Barleywine
  • Taste: Stealth alcoholic thick and sweet caramel barley malt with dark fruit dry woody finish
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Bby
  • How much: $10.60 CAD (after 12.5% off) – 650 ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not in particular

Visual: 2015 Vintage. Pours opaque reddish-brown with almost no head, a half island ringed retention, slow and steady singular streams.

Nose: sweet toffee-caramelized barley malt, berry-dark fruit overtones. (lvl-5)-intensity

Attack: incoming fruity hefty malts

Mid-palate: background light tangy, (lvl-8-sweetness), thick caramel barley malts, plum-dark fruit, alcoholic zingy

Finish: alcoholic heat, residual tangy, dry woody, residual dark fruity

Summary: This one hit pretty hard, stealth-like. It went down pretty easy as a sipper, good body and decent depth. No real memorable flavours, but the Cab Franc barrels definitely did impart some grapey/dark fruit flavs.