EithCubes (5180) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tremendous new label on this bomber (of a skeleton holding the severed tongue of a seaman/pirate). Nose is very hoppy and íredí, if that makes any sense at all, hop dust with caramel and earth, resin, plenty of sugar. Pours deep scarlet with a large and dense tan head. Taste is medium bitter with strong caramel and earth, some dank hops; semi-dry (!!!) to start and only somewhat sweet after lots of volume accumulation. Hops are fresh and piny, woody, and earthy, very light citrus buried in the deep background, and the resin/rough side is also somewhat slight; generally dulled or de-edged all around. Still, the malt is strong enough for some measure of balance in the big, crisp full body, and there are pleasant herbal and mildly spicy notes if you look for them. Clean and fresh, alcohol is not hot or at all unaccounted for. This seems to be another example of a well-made and masterful beer whose recipe Iíd love to alter.
FatPhil (9979) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Tap at Craftworks tap house, Itaewon)
A deep, dark ruby beer topped with a beige head. Smells of
well-integrated dusty peach hops, a touch of vanilla, and a few
In the mouth, those hops are present, in quantity, but - alas -
alcohol too, which is clearly present all the way into the finish.
I wanted to like this, but itís boozy, with not just warming
alcohol. At least itís not sticky, though it gets sweeter with time.
The hops merge with the alcohol and are subsumed by it.
Unusually, Phil did not share this.
7 4 6 3 11 = 3.1
Ferris (6746) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft - Caramel and piney hops. Clear amber with a rich beige head. Up front bitterness, caramel and a bit sweet. A little too bitter but still nice.
ilovedarkbeer (2384) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Does a dark reddish brown color with a Lacey canvas colored head. Notes of hop oil, animal skin, caramel, biscuits and earth. Overly astringent and sweet.
Ed5388 (2435) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at AC Beerfest (2014). Poured a clear dark amber color with a large foamy tan head. Aroma of caramel, toasted malt, old citrus, and pine. Taste is earthy and spicy, with notes of toasted malt, caramel, old citrus, and pine.
Atom (1620) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber pours dark clear amber/brown with a large tan head. Aroma of peppery pine hops and caramel malt. Yeah thatís a lot of hop bitterness, slids bitter down the tongue hitting a only mildly sweet caramel on the finish.
Cristobal37 (321) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Heavy metal thunder. You canít deny the force is strong with this one. Heavy hops and malts all over the place. Itís like a Thanksgiving dinner in a bottle. Bitter, thick, sticky. Badass.
beertholomeus (1063) - California, USA - MAR 26, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a burnt amber color with a khaki head and beautiful lacing. Dank, resinous hop, caramel, malt and citrus aroma. Big resinous hop, malt, caramel, toffee and citrus flavors. Medium full body and average carbonation. Very bitter but very well balanced. Caramel and burnt citrus finish.
jtclockwork (10001) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours reddish amber with off white head. Nose and taste of pine, resin, red fruits, toasted caramel malt, earth and spicy malt. Medium body.
cbfobes (2610) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 22oz bomber, pours a a murky dark copper with an off white head, aroma has a good amount of grapefruit and citrus with a good kick of sweetness too, the flavor is all sweet at first with tons of caramel and malt with a slight fruity finish of citrus and hops, abv isnít really hidden all that well, not bad, just not great IMO.