JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Really nice aroma of roasted barley and slightly smoky dark chocolate. Mildly thin black in color with lots of garnet accents, although the huge head makes up for it. The oak makes its presence known on the flavor. Fairly oakey and earthy, it tops off the chocolate and roasted malts (if you are into that sort of thing). Some ashtray at the swallow. Rather thin and wispy. Kind of a letdown.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2008 Man, what an aroma. Straight up chocolate. Almost a great stout except for a bit of a thin a mouth feel. Balanced, tasty, delightful.
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
1 pint 6 oz bottle pours pretty black with a monsterous and clingy head and pull away lace. The aroma is roasty, chocolaty, and inviting. The flavor is roasty, malty, sweet, and ever so slightly lactic. There is a lingering slight bitterness. There is no trace of alcohol flavor; very mild this one for the ABV listed. The palate is fairly rich, but not overly so. Decent cabonation exists. Overall, very nice - canít complain.
Gorbalev (2990) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, and GregClow, Harryís bottle. Nice dry oatmeal aroma, with some dry chocolate as well. Great taste - dry, sweet chocolate, medium carbonated body. Black with lots of brown hints, big fizzy brown head. This one packs a tremendous amount of flavour with no trace of alcohol. A great stout.
cheap (4428) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2007
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
On tap at the Bocktown. Pleasantly attractive roasty dark beer aroma. Blackish bwrown with red tinge that is readily apparent. Barelt any head. Not much carbonation. Not as strong as an impy stout but it certainly has those impy stout characters. Decently mild but the alky impact still exists. Overall not a bad stout but is certainly too much for my sweet stout taste buds.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bomber served in a shaker pint. Pours an opaque black with a thick off white head. Slight chocolate malt aroma with a hint of oak.
Nice creamy mouthfeel. Not a lot of roasted barley more to the chocolate malt side. Fairly sweet up front. Long dry finish with some more chocolate.
Decent beer, but the oak character didnít really seem very evident.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Notes from 11/24/07. 22oz bottle, no date. Hazy deep, deep ruby brown with a one finger beige head, fair retention. Roasted malts are the strongest in the aroma, followed by some coffee (acidity and all), light oats and dark chocolate. I canít pick up on any oak at this time. Flavor was wet wood--hooray the oak is now present, though not dominant. Roasted malts with not much sweetness and a dry coffee ashy finish. Bitterness peaks at a 3. Medium creamy body with moderate carbonation. Pretty good.
natedoggkc (164) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is malt, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate. Taste of bitterness, molasses, coffee, roasted chocolate, and oak. A slight warming finish. A pretty good beer that maybe could use some cellaring for just a little bit.
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, coffee, husks, cocoa powder), lightly hoppy (resin, grapefruit), with a light note of wood. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/creamy texture, lively carbonation. Clumsy, rough malt character and a fairly acidic flavor profile make this one a miss for me. Itís ok, an average-ish stout in the end, but quite simple and uninspiring. Likely oak chipped rather than barrel aged, but even so it didnít have much effect. Which is certainly better than overdoing it, which I have come to expect from chips, but I had to struggle to find their effects here...sadly, itís just a plain raw wood odor (sawdusty), not very vanilla-ish or inviting. Iíd really like to be able to root for this "home team", but BBC always brew in a very by-the-numbers and safe (dare I say boring?) manner rather than innovative and challenging. Maybe thatís by design, marketing not to beer geeks but ordinary beer drinkers, I dunno. And yet theyíre pricing this at $7.50 per bomber right here in its home town, which is more than the common man is likely willing to spend and almost seems like hubris. Confusing beer.
malrubius (2000) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - DEC 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle in pint glass. Black with lasting tan head and lace. Roasted coffee chocolate chip cookie dough aroma. Dark chocolate, roasted mocha, mild fruit and medium bitterness flavors, dominated by delicious roastiness. Medium-full bodied and medium carbo. Nicely complex, challenging and drinkable at the same time. Excellent.