nearbeer (3897) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 20, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber 1279 of 2009. Opaque brown-black with a lasting quarter-inch of creamy foam. Aroma of Baby Ruth, dusty grain, vanilla and light whiskey. Flavor is more goodness of the same love with a light char and dry wood finish. Medium-heavy body is smooth and lightly sticky. Drippy-soapy lacing everywhere. Excellent brew.
jcwattsrugger (11278) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2010 @Richmond Gathering 9-22oz bottle courtesy dkachur & maniac-pours a thin light brown head and black color. Aroma is wood, dark malt-molasses/roasty. Taste is wood/bourbon, dark malt-molasses/roasty, earthy/acidic hops. 100830-22oz bottle-pours a light brown head and black color. Aroma is bourbon/vanilla/boozy, dark malt. Taste is vanilla/bourbon/boozy, dark malt-rich/dark chocolate, secondary earthy hops. 3.6
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber #1666 of 2009, courtesy GoT. Pours a dark and clear chestnut brown color with a small, foamy, light brown head. Minimal, spotty lacing dots the glass. The aroma is smooth and inviting, sweet from the brown sugar and caramel malts, with a distinct nuttiness and traces of balancing cocoa and coffee. Oaky vanilla and soft, subtle bourbon overtones add luscious depth without overpowering. Flavors are basically the same, very smooth and sweet, caramelly, with just enough cocoa-coffee roast to keep things balanced. The barrel application is just right, enough to impart plenty of vanilla, without getting carried away with booze. Again, it is quite nutty, almost seeming more like an imperial nut brown than a porter. Silky on the tongue, it almost has a sort of whipped mouthfeel. Really good stuff.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolatey, oaky, bourbon, with vanilla on the nose. Pours very dark brown, black at the center with no head. Lots of chocolate malts, dark roasted coffee, oak, vanilla, very complex and nice, very rich, the finish is very interesting, burnt sugar, homemare caramel flavor. Great beer! Thanks Godofthunder!
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amazing aroma of bourbon, vanilla and cocoa. Awesome. Bourbon flavor without being overly alcoholic. A little thin and a slightly odd finish, possibly because of the sugar. Very good brew, though!! Thanks to nimbleprop for the trade.
...I figured out the finish is like turbonado sugar so, as advertised, the unrefined sugar is in there!
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 13, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Geoff at Alewerks hit a homerun with this beer. The aromas of sweet roasted coffee. Flavors of rapadou sugar, vanilla and an underlying bourbon hint. A great beer from the home town folks.
Kinz (3376) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2014 Blackish brown, nice head. Aroma is a load of chocolate and some bread. Flavor is a match, very nice. Chocolate with some vanilla notes. Very good stuff. RERATE: Coming back on a growler fill at De Fles Winkel almost 5 years later. Notes are similar, but I think the bread has fallen back, and the vanilla notes have come up in balance with the chocolate. Faint booziness, but enough malt to keep it right. Numbers stay the same, really nice brew.
hopdog (9270) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Bottle labled 1738 of 2009. Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of woody/oakiness, earthy, some bourbon, vanilla, and chocolate. Tastes of vanilla, brown sugary sweetness, dark fruits, bourbon (more than in the aromas), some wood, and marshmellows.
areyouinning (72) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet brown sugar dominates the aroma of a very dark brown beer with light tan lacing. Hazelnut in aroma. Very clean, balanced mouthfeel.
TURDFERGUSON (3970) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by OSCF. Thanks Todd! Pours dark brown with some light carbonation. Nose is big bourbon, dark fruits, caramel, slight oxidation, and vanilla. Flavor is bourbon, wood, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla. Palate shows some light astringency. Overall, this is a well balanced barrel aged brew which is not easily done.