ccex (868) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber pours an opaque dark brown with a tiny tan head but good lacing. Smells more like an IIPA than an Imperial stout, with lots of piney and citrus hops and some chocolate on the nose. Aroma is not as hoppy as the smell, and has the requisite roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate for this style. Alcohol is quite well hidden. Taste is sweet and chocolatey with a bitter finish. Body is full with only slight carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy. A very good Russian Imperial Stout. Iíd like to compare this to their American Imperial stout, but that one will have to wait until tomorrow, since this one got me so pleasantly enfeebled.
TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black pour with a medium, frothy brown head. Aroma is hoppy and citrusy with pine and mint notes, roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is mint chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, citrus, hops, light pine, tar, dark fruit notes, and alcohol. Body is medium-full with a soft creamy carbonation. Soft boozy warmth as well. Ends with more hops, pine notes, roasted malt, chocolate, light citrus, coffee, and mint notes.
bhensonb (9825) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Half time. Pours black with a large creamy/bubbly dark tan head. Aroma is very smooth roast dark malt with hints of coffee and chocolate. Unusually there seems to be detectable hop. Type uncertain. Maybe resin. Full bodied and more. Flavor is very many things. Complex isnít in it. Thereís chocolate, coffee, vanilla, resin, really burnt and smooth malt. Itís like chewing food. Finishes all those flavors and more. Amazing stuff.
Jlo7399 (217) - Florida, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black. Aroma is dark chocolate and loads of hops. Taste is dark chocolate, licorice, dank hops, light coffee roastiness. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected, but still creamy. Good stuff.
beechgurl (11) - Port St Lucie, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark roast coffee, chocolate, licorice, molasses, a little bit of smoke. Very smooth. Dark chocolate in the after taste. Not as squatchy as the Yeti.
kschep (1494) - DENMARK - APR 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
#1462 bottle; nose is dried grapes, decent smoke, rotten fruit, alcohol, chlorine whiff, later cream, licorice, feel is mediumbroad, carb is mediumbroad, taste is dried fruits, stale coffee, some plum, roasted malt, later raw tobacco, dark chocolate
lortsker (332) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch black with a small beige head, Aroma: Dusty, chocolate, roasted, coffee, earthy, some vanilla, milk chocolate, burnt malts, malty sweet, ground coffee, Taste: Quite carbonated, extreme roasted bitterness, chocolate, grassy, hoppy, tingly, roasted malty, malty sweetness, plant sap, grapefruit
arminjewell (5145) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, thanks to Josh for the pour! Dark black pour with thin tan head, aroma brought notes of rich dark fruits, hints of caramel, toffee, burnt malts in there, big smoky notes as well, touch of slight chocolate and coffee. Taste is dark fruit and chocolate, nice smoky quality that layers into the dark fruit, anise and caramel go into a roasty, coffee finish, slightly ashy. Pretty tasty.
kayres (318) - , Georgia, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a thin tanhead. Dull roast aroma smooth and easy mouth feel. Hints of coco and coffee. Ok brew
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BBB63 (5602) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber bottle and served in my Bells Expedition snifter: Pours a deep brown with mahogany hues, creamy tan head which left very nice lace upon the glass. The aroma has an first impression of heavy roast, liquorice, and some charred malts... upon more deeper inhales I found plenty of dark fruits and citric fruits in which I must be honest sort of clash. Nice earthy esters is leather, tar, peat, wood, slight pepper and some burning alcohol. The taste is quite roasty at first with lots of coffee and char before an onslaught of citric resiny dank hops invade my sweet serenity, yes it is aggressively hopped but seems a tad muddled and then the brash alcohol burn is not helping me find an layers of complexity. Did I say the mouth feel is brash and unruly? More than a bit thin for the genre as well.
Unlike a few uber hoppy Impyís I have had lately this seems hopped just to be hopped and does not mesh together... perhaps time will fade the aggressive nature of this brew. For now I would recommend a plethora of other Imperial Stouts over this. Actually a borderline Black DIPA and then my comments would not change for I would recommend a plethora of Black IPAís over this.