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 didn’t really seem very evident.
iowaherkeye (2686) - 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 can’t 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 (6031) - 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. It’s ok, an average-ish stout in the end, but quite simple and uninspiring. Likely oak chipped rather than barrel aged, but even so it didn’t 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, it’s just a plain raw wood odor (sawdusty), not very vanilla-ish or inviting. I’d 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 that’s by design, marketing not to beer geeks but ordinary beer drinkers, I dunno. And yet they’re 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 (1577) - Willowick, Ohio, 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.
Palidor19 (2881) - Brandon, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very nice dry stout, not as bitter as you would expect. The taste is dark and toasty malts, medium hop bitterness. Coffee like. I’ve enjoyed it.
nick76 (4144) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is very nice with chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. The appearance is dark brown with a light tan head. The flavor is like the aroma. This stout is decent but to dry.
GregClow (2812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy & tupalev - HogTownHarry’s bottle. Deep brown with a moderate off-white head. Deep roasty aroma, with nice dry malt and toffee notes. Medium body. Flavour had some nice burnt malt off the top, followed by cocoa powder, molasses, and a nice bitter finish. Very nice!
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (22oz). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev, my bottle. Deep oily black pour, decent diminishing tan head. Solid deep roast aroma, dry, a hint of burnt rubber, dry hops, molasses. Taste is dark roast with sour cherry, alcohol, herbal hops and molasses in the bitter finish. Oily, slightly boozy mouthfeel, long almost burnt roast linger. Pretty solid.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
dark brown, fine tan head, drippy lace,
dark chocolate and roasted aroma,
rich chocolate favor, very dry, lots of roasted keeps the dryness, good hop character melds with the roasted,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20