DocLock (8250) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2010
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber from Steve Klenk. Pours deep black with minimal off-khaki head. Nose is patent malt, roasty coffee, vanilla, bourbon, oaty. Tastes rich, malty, with well balanced coffee, great vanilla, oaky lactic bourbon, and blackberry notes. This one is delicious.
Damico (2766) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is smoky, coffee, and sweet roasty malts with the bourbon alcohol notes.. It pours dark oil with a biege creamy head. The flavors of sweet and roasty malts with some leather notes, but ends smoothly on the palate.
phaleslu (7108) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle shared by lushawn- thanks again, Shawn! Pours a dark, opaque brown color with a small brown ring for a head. Aroma of dry wood, roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon, coffee, milk powder, grape skins, and minerals. Flavor of vanilla, caramel malts, oak, coffee, bourbon, molasses, dark fruits, cocoa powder, and toasted brown sugar. Full-bodied, with low carbonation and a smooth, sweet, roasty mouthfeel. Surprisingly dry. Nice bourbon barrel imperial stout.
SrSilliGose (3281) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2013 bottle from ksurkin- thanks again KEN! deep brown with a small frothy tan head. aroma of sweet bourbony booze, sweet figs, and molasses. taste is sweet bourbon, milk chocolate, booze, and light roast. big sweet bourbon, molasses, and fig beer. sweet doughy cocoa. big body. creamy. not bad, but a bit too sweet for my liking. sweet milky bourbon dominates. good, not great.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. The pour is black at the center, with glints of mahogany translucency at the outer reaches. A vigorous pour conjures up a frothy, whipped head of light brown foam. Showing pronounced, bubbly edges and a thin but persistent center film, the head leaves wet spots of lacing all over the glass. The nose is silky smooth, showing a rich, deep, dark chocolate malt base with layers of dark caramel, vanilla fudge, and sweet, soft bourbon. Iced mocha comes across sweet, not at all roasty, and there’s a hefty dose of lactic milk sugar throughout. Alcohol is present, yet sufficiently covered by the richness of all the varied sweet malt. Flavors follow suit, lush and decadent, dessert-like to the max. Straightforward dark and milk chocolates are bracketed by caramel, mocha, and vanilla. Bourbon is again easy going, imparting more caramel and vanilla than booze. Fudgy, and seemingly void of any hop character, this is a mighty tasty brew, but I really had to struggle through a full bomber, what with all the sugars. There’s little in terms of balance here. The palate is big and rich, thick with sugar, and light on carbonation. There’s a silky, whipped sort of feel to it, and the finish comes across smooth, moving towards sticky after the swallow. I’d like to see this in 5 oz. nip bottles, because I think there’s a real place for it in the hedonistic dessert beer genre, but it’s very much a "once in a blue moon" type of beer, for my taste.
deyholla (7482) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to dkachur for this! Poured black with a small dark brown head that dissipated quickly to the edges. Aroma had a nice mixture of dark grains, dark fruit, coffee and a bourbon backing. Flavor began with dark fruit and roasted malts, but a coffee note grew with a nice backing bourbon note throughout to give the beer a bit of sweetness.
llcooldave (1149) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours really thick and black. Alcohol and roasted coffee aromas. Definite roasted bitter coffee flavor profile along with an alcohol aftertaste. Develops a dried fruit & raisin notes after a warming. Overall, not bad easy drinking and good for sipping.
zathrus13 (1730) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks Ken. Pours dark brown, with a brown head. Aroma is coffee, bourbon, brown sugar/caramel, and chocolate. Flavor is coffee, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and chocolate, with a pleasant sweetness in the finish.
holdenn (2086) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2013 22oz bottle thanks to Kan for sharing. Pours black with a thin head. An aroma of rich coffee chocolate and burnt malts. Sweet malts burnt roasted malt flavors. A good amount of coffee and sweetness. 7/3/7/3/14. Not bad
Thanks to drew for this. Oily black. Some cherrIes coffee chocolate bourbon caramel and a little grass. Sweet bakers chocolate flavors. So vmuch bakers chocolate. Thin dry with an odd fruit finish. Thanks Drew. 7/4/7/3/14
daknole (10035) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ksurkin with a great hookup. Thanks ken! Dark brown pour small tan head. Aroma is a wonderful mix of bourbon, coffee, chocolate, prunes and molasses. Flavor is sweet, loaded with fresh coffee, light fruity bourbon notes, and some great bitter chocolate. Great brew. Delicious!