Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - APR 5, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Cloverleaf. Pours a dark brown color with a caramel colored head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, pepper spice, and vanilla. Great taste. Perfect blend of the coffee roast, vanilla, and pepper spice. All subtle but noticeable. Nice medium to thick body. Great brew.
Pailhead (6386) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy chocolate, molasses, light roasted coffee, lighter smoked peppers, vanilla, and faint bourbon. It pours a dark brown with a slight orange glow around the edges of the glass. It has a one finger light brown head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a thin ring. There is some very thin webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate-heavy chocolate, molasses, and some roasted malt. The finish light-moderate coffee/espresso, vanilla, faint bourbon, and cinnamon. The bourbon and cinnamon get slightly stronger and I get a touch of pepper heat as it warms, but the pepper would be easy to miss if I wasnít looking for it. Itís medium-full bodied with mild carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall, the barrel aging flavors are somewhat light. More than anything, it really seems to have really muted the cinnamon and peppers from the regular Chocolate Sombrero.
Tmoney99 (13347) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly diminished with good lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted sweet chocolate, roasted peppers and bourbon alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt flavor with a medium to heavy dark spice sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a complex solid beer.
Ferris (12444) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - Chocolate, cinnamon and sweet roast malts. Jet black with a thin head. Spicy chocolate and vanilla with a bit of a cloying finish. Nice, but the sweet finish is a bit much for me.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, thanks to voodoofish65usf for sharing! About a 3oz sample. Very dark brown / black color. Thin ring of tan head, couple loose bits of lace. Awesome bourbon barrel, chocolate aroma in the nose. Nice vanilla in the aroma. Mild pepper heat in the finish, but little bite or kick, very well balanced and well blended amount of pepper. Moderate bitter taste, light to moderate sweet. Alcohol really well hidden. Medium to bigger body. Good chewy texture, super smooth, kind of creamy. Light carbonation. Lightly slick finish. Very tasty, enjoyable stuff. I donít think Iíd have much trouble finishing a whole bomber to myself, if I tried. I like it much better than I remember liking Chocolate Sombrero... Much smoother, and less sweet.
kathouse (1608) - Nevada, USA - MAR 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good looking beer is opaque with a thick tan foam. Spicy chocolate is definitely the best way to describe the aroma. Oily mouthfeel. Smooth with a pepper kick. Bourbon is noticeable in the background. Dark fruits finishes it off.
Daytonbeer (726) - Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaque black with tan head and spotty lacing. Aroma of soy sauce , chocolate, pepper, and spice. Taste is caramel/toffee malts, pepper, whiskey, and alcohol burn.
ryecatcher (1339) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. This one promptly blew up after I popped the cap... like barrel aged volcano of malt stickiness. Anyway, pours the expected brown black, opaqueness, not much of a head (all the foam was on the counter top). Nose is mainly barrel, some cocoa, hints of vanilla and cinnamon, brown sugar. Mouth is medium bodied, kinda oily, immediately sweet and cocoa, coffee, faint spices mingled with the whiskey barrel. Super-soft carbonation, spiciness mainly noticeable at the back of the throat. Would probably be really good with tres leches cake, or a coconut flan. Finishes a bit warm and boozy. Interesting, but not for the reasons I expected.
Sarlacc83 (1893) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 15, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. From a trade - escaping who sent it. Sorry!
A: Well, this is interesting. Open cap, and beer spews all over my end table. Whee! Dark black with a thin mocha head that eventually fades.
N:Early stages of infection, possibly, but I canít lock it down exactly. Some cherry sourness, chocolate, pepper and some bourbon come and go.
T: I canít tell if itís pepper or sourness, probably a bit of both, good sweetness.
M: Slick and oily, thinning out a bit.
O: Drink it soon, if youíve got it. The spray of beer concerns me, and there is sourness throughout - though it could be acidity from the coffee. If itís not infected, itís a poor version of a pepper RIS. Ultimately, I didnít hate it, but I did drainpour, because itís not worth drinking a whole bottle.
SudsMcDuff (7981) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
thanks Channing .. . deep brown .. mild foam .. . lots of booze, mild heat, slippery barrel, and peppers .. . quick taste finish, lingering heat .. . one dimensional .. . . my neighborís cat ran away. its gone. i feel bad for eating it for thansgiving. it was delicious.