SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In the bomber bottle at the 2009 Crescent Moon Summer Beer Festival. An odd name because this beer is mighty black. However, it is mighty good. This has an intense maltiness that totally pushes the limits of "brown" ale. Simply a great beer. Chicory, licorice and anise. Heavy syrup and molasses. Thick, rich and delicious.
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Moderate sweet malt hits the nose, along with some smoke and nuts. Brown body with decent head but by the time I got around to looking at it was gone. Hevey brew to drink as it fills the body with warmth on a chilly 70 degree morning here in the desert. Sweet molasas and roasted nuts were good flavor for the brew. Good brew.
daknole (8327) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brown pour. Light head. Very malty aroma. Caramel, roasted nuts, light hops and light chocolate. Flavor is loaded with malt, nuts and chocolate. Good brew.
Grizzle (80) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - SEP 10, 2009
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bottle -> English Pint glass (fresh out of the dimpled mugs). Looked promising. Poured an appropriate dark mahogany, with a very light and thin head, and showed minimal lacing. Smelled immediately of cinnamon and sourness. Tasted mostly sour, with a bit of malt in the background. Overall, sour. Judging from the other posts, I had a bad bottle. Will re-rate if given the opportunity.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle. Pours a deep brown body with a finger-width, creamy, brown head that whisps away quickly and leaves a good amount of streaky lacing. Aroma is rich and sweet caramels, milk chocolate, nuts, raspberry and blackberry, and a very light roast. Flavor is interesting. There is an abundant amount of overlying blackberry taste unlike most brown ales. At the same time the other half of this flavor is rich caramels, milk chocolate, and a light roast. No real bitterness or hop taste to this. Finishes rich with a light roast and more of that blackberry taste. Slightly dry after a medium, smooth body. The aftertaste is mostly rich caramels and chocolate as well as a light roast without the blackberry taste. Overall, I really like the rich and roasty brown ale flavor of this beer, but the blackberry taste is a little off puting. It gets a little better as it warms, but it still gives off a weird berry taste that I’m not digging. Some hops would be nice as well.
beerbastard (629) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Compared to other Browns I have had, this is very good. I am not looking for it to stand up to a Porter. Light chocolate malt nose. Very clean flavors, nutty coco. Not too sweet. Clean dry finish. Good Brown.
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Roasted malty sweetness with hints of cinnamon. Blackish brown with a red hue, thick medium head. Sweet roasted cacao nibs with some hazelnut, bitterness is mild, but present and appropriate. Medium carbonation, heavier bodied, but the warm alcohol finish cuts through quite nicely. This almost seems like a great holiday style ale at its worst, and a complex Imperial Brown Ale at its best. Great beer
msante79 (2194) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Spanky’s in Pueblo. Pours clear dark brown with very light tan head. Aroma is malty with nuts and caramel. Flavor is again malty with some chocolate, nuts, molasses, and some booze. On the heavy side compared to most browns. Thicker mouthfeel. Don’t really like the boozy finish. Pulman Brown is similar in mouthfeel but blows this away in terms of flavor and balance.
BOLTZ7555 (2656) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear chestnut pour produces a small eggshell head that left minimal lacing. Aroma is dark malt, toasted almonds, and molasses. Flavor includes rich caramel, dark fruit, and chocolate. Not thick or viscous...medium mouthfeel. Pretty tasty.
dionysus (1449) - Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I think some people should seriously revisit this beer with all of their tastebuds fully functioning. One of the more interesting browns that I have had in a while. Bottle pours deep brown with a dense tan head and decent amount of lacing. The nose has sooo much going on that I can’t really understand some of the mediocre reviews. Aroma is heavy in roasted nuts, chicory, molasses, cookie dough, chocolate and dark vinous fruit. Flavor is primarily the same with the sweet malt giving way to what seems like tobacco on the finish from the relatively muted, earthy hops.