DeanF (1746) - Nunavut, - JAN 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a bad porter and has a good punch with a flavour of burnt barley and licorice, but it lacks the deep complexity one would expect of a brew like this. And itís expensive! The appearance is okay with a deep body and modest head, and an okay aroma of barley; but the flavour just isnít thick and heavy enough to warrant the price tag or the imperial porter name. Itís a lightweight in a heavyweight category; give it more oooomph to get it where itís supposed to go.
zoucrew102 (732) - - MAR 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber, 2014 vintage? Strong roasted malt aroma with chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Pours black with a huge light brown head, including a geyser on one pour with good retention and not much lacing. Starts with good roasted malt and chocolate flavors with slick, smooth mouthfeel. Finishes smooth with some vanilla and bourbon before strong roasted malt re asserts itself. Decent bourbon porter, but lacks the depth of flavor and rich vanilla and bourbon of most similar brews.
piscator34 (2034) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 8, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with oakbluff. Dark brown in colour with medium carbonation. Bourbon , pale malt, and dark chocolate on the nose. Roasted malt, vanilla, espresso, and more bourbon on the palate. Thinner than expected, but that feature enhanced its drinkability. Solid overall.
marcus (7095) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours dark brown with a thick tan head and a treacle and bourbon aroma. There is a rich carbonated dark molasses and chocolate flavor with a heavy bourbon finish.
bhensonb (11919) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark brown with a large foamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate with notes of bourbon. Near full bodied. Flavor is very chocolate. So much so that it has to leave before the bourbon has a chance to stand out. Which it eventually does. Thereís also toasted/burnt malt and treacle. Itís also a little bitter, so thereís probably hop. But the chocolate and bourbon are what itís about.
after4ever (6474) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22. Pours an opaque near-black ebony with a dense and creamy tan head that surges volcanically. Took about 20 minutes to get a full pour--even with lots of sips over that span to break the head. Big sticky heavy chocolate and vanilla nose. Creamy medium body with soft carb, a little flabby. Chocolate, vanilla, some apricot on the mid palate, lots of heavy roast and some oak. Pretty heavy-handed. Long sweet finish.
DuffMan (7381) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 6, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, from the advent calendar. Medium brown with golden highlights and a thin tan head. Aroma and flavours have elements of dark caramel, bitter chocolate, blue cheese, and lactic acid. Very thin in the body with a boozy finish. I was excited by the aroma, but disappointed with the flavour and mouthfeel..
Westchesterco (1238) - mclean, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
From a bottle it is dark brown with a ecru head the aroma is bourbon and the taste is a sweet bourbon flavor with vanilla overtones and resonates on your palate
Iphonephan (3914) - McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 750 ml bottle. Pours black with a massive thick tan head. Bourbon nose. Flavors of oak and vanilla with some. Viscous mouthfeel. Rich, luscious finish.
b3shine (6157) - Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml bottle to snifter (thanks cards04). Looks solid; a bit thin though for the abv. A lightly translucent dark cola with ample fizzy beige head. Smells bitter with notes of dark malt, oak, and watered down bourbon. Tastes like it smells, but richer, and not watered down (by BB beer standards). Some fig as well. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Solid, but a bit thin and bitter on the nose.
joeneugs (3740) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from The Growler in Danville. It pours dark brown with a massive, rocky light tan head that takes up 2/3 of the glass. The aroma is very strong with bourbon, coffee and lighter notes of fig and prune. The flavor has lots of leather, tobacco, hints of cola and syrup before an earthy and roasted bitter finish. The mouthfeel is a bit syrupy and it froths a bit too much for a beer like this. Mildly acidic. Pretty decent, but it lacks real depth of flavor.