mrmartin (667) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown/black pour with small tan head.
Nose is minimal, hint of roasted malts
Sweet Molasses/Syrup/, hint of chocolate, roasted malts.
Lingering Bitter finish.
An overall good effort, cool use of local ingredients, but there are many far better in this category (RIS)
bhensonb (10979) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Beverages4Less in Santee, CA. Go Fred! Pours really dark brown/black with a dark tan head. Aroma of smooth dark roast malt (not burnt) and for me a little banana. Med + body. Flavor is smooth dark roast malt, with some fresh sweet fruit and a hint of banana. Suddenly it’s smokey. Drinks like a lighter ale - American Strong Ale - with IS flavors. Not a hint of heat. Nice ale.
BuckeyeBoy (2695) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz Bottle Pours out black topped with a tan head. Aroma is sweet malts, chocolate, and roast. Taste is much as the aroma with a nice sweet end.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Rating #42. Pitch black with a nice tan head. Sweet roasted aroma, a little honey as well, pretty nice. Light smoky flavor, more roast and a bit of the birch coming through. Light aftertaste with a lingering sweetness. (1912)
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Solid RIS, though a tad sweeter than I like. Nose was that of sweet alcohol and honey. Texture was thick, rich and creamy. Mellow yet complex malt flavors. Lots of sweetness from start to finish (honey, caramel, milk chocolate, molasses). Warming but not hot. Pleasant hints of tobacco, coffee, smoke and meat. Earthy-grassy hop bitterness was mild. As mentioned, I’d prefer less residual sweetness (and/or more hop bitterness), but otherwise it was a well made, tasty beer.
fbenz (22) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
There are licorice, and alcohol aromas. It pours an almost black color with a very small tan head. The licorice continues in the flavor and it finishes kind of sweet with a woody character. Its a solid beer not as much bitter chocolate or coffee flavors as I usually like.
p1meatloaf (208) - California, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In taster at Urge gastropub in RB. Looks freaking black. Brown small head. Smells very dark and chocolatey. TAstes thick and heavy but clean chocolate. Pretty easy drinkability of the style. Some roastiness and coffee. Overall 7.5 of 10.
mbgrayson (532) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours super dark, almost black, with a solid tan head. Aroma is malt with wood, and some sweetness. Taste is rich and sweet and complex. I can taste the birch and honey. A very strong RIS. Thumbs way up.
badgerben (4396) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted September 21, 2011, my 8 year RB Anniversary. Black color with a small head. Syrupy and malt-laden aroma with a light roasty note. Sprucy flavor. Light chocolate after warming. A bit sugary. Very full bodied.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The pour is coal black with a a fairly small, tan, foamy head which is mostly diminishing and leaves minimal, foamy lace. The nose is nice and complex but the smoked malt almost gets in the way; maple wood, rich toffee, subtle floral, faint honey, I get a maple and brown sugar oatmeal note, and a meaty, campfire smoke. The flavor is similar, malt forward and adjunct focused; initially sweet with honey, burnt caramel, English toffee, and maple. The maple carries throughout adding faint smoked meat, light ash, mild espresso roast, and wood (obviously birch). The palate is nearly full, silky, chewy, and soft to lively. The beer finishes with more wood notes, smoke fading, floral coming back, and a dry chocolate lingering. Interesting beer with so much focus on the adjuncts but they work well together in the base beer, and the notes all seem to work without much bitterness to speak of. The other complexities really keep the beer fun and inviting, it almost reminded me of breakfast with oatmeal, maple, honey, and smoked meat. Nice and different from others in the style.