LearninBeer (363) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2007. Pours dark brown with a big creamy light brown head and excellent lacing. The aroma is some chocolate, coffee with a roastiness. The taste is bitter, nutty, chocolate, coffee, creamy - very good. I think the aging did wonders for this brew.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from the RBSG2007 trip on 09/12/2009. Murky dark black body with a medium frothy tan head. Big bourbon, yeast and caramel aroma with a bit of roast and chocolate. Slightly tart bourbon and yeast flavor with a touch of chocolate. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Twisted Spoke. Pours a deep brown nearly black with a thick tan head. Very toasty, like toasted sweet maple bread. Just a slight bit of smokiness. The more I smell the more I think the toast is getting burnt! Flavor starts with a dark chocolate malt sweetness, and again picks up some maple. Gives way to a dark fruitiness and slight sharpness in the finish. Finishes a bit bland and boring not a whole lot of flavor resonate. Some residual sugars keep this way too sweet and cloying. Mediumish body and a soft carbonation. Easy drinking, though thin bodied and one dimensional.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle shared by maniac. Roast, chocolate, bourbon, and dark fruit in the aroma. Black with small tan head. Roast, bourbon, and a roasty astringency in the flavor along with a slight sourness. Finish is medium to dry with light sour astringency and lots of wood.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 ounce bottle shared by maniac. Pours a dark brown color with a thin head. Big bourbon aroma with light roast and leafy hops. Taste is bitter roasted malts and bourbon and nutty notes. Medium bodied.
Kinz (3258) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very deep brown. Very pleasant aroma of chocolate, bread, and a bit of yeast. Flavor unfortunately falls off dramatically. Thin body, some watery chocolate, and a faintly sour fruit finish. Too bad, really nice aroma just didn’t go through.
jcwattsrugger (11076) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2009
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
@Jimmacks pre BeerWars Gathering-22oz bottle–pours a light brown ring for a head and black color. Aroma is sweet dark malt-licorice, dark fruit. Taste is sweet dark malt-licorice, dark fruit-tart, wood/paper and soy.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - APR 21, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
06 Bottle. Not sure if age did this any good. Aroma has a bit of a twang as well as the taste. Some tartness and woody sourness and a hint of alcohol bourbon and vanilla. Taste has this tobacco oilyness almost rotten and leather that is not pleasing at all.
dmac (3919) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2009
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
2006 bottle brought by Dickinsonbeer to the Beer Wars preparty, thanks Paul for a new state rating AND the worst beer of the night. The aroma on this was still way boozy despite its age. The flavor was like a combination of vinegar and spoiled chocolate. This was my only drainpour of the night and I actually need to apologize to the drain for exposing it to this abomination.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber- bottled in 2006. Pours a nice deep brownish almost black, with a moderate lasting head, fades a bit after a while- no lace. Aroma is a moderately oxidized right form the start- cardboard and slight soy, wet paper is heavy- no sherry yet- some old stale slight bourbon but not heavy-0 some old stale chocolate malts, burnt acrid roasted malts and old coffee grounds. Flavor is a bit slick with soy and wet paper- has a slight tart edge to it around the tongue- chocolate, and roasted barley, some tar, leather and earth- very dry and crackery malts, and more bland oxidation that compresses the complexity that might have been here a couple years ago. Slick and stale in the mouthfeel with a rim of acidity. Meh.