Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The 22oz black waxed bomber pours very dark with a full firm mocha colored head of foam. The aroma delivers sweet bourbon, chocolate malt balls, black strap molasses and as it warmed more and more boozy bourbon like notes. Wow, the taste is rich and full and lingers for days. I get smooth bourbon and sugary bourbon hard candy moving into black strap molasses and a black patent like burnt note. Damn, this is a sipper for sure and I poured too much as the bourbon like booze notes build up quickly and become too much before long. Behind those notes is a pleasing oasis consisting of dark chocolate, a bit of coconut and vanilla as well as prune to date to fig like sweet dark fruity esters. Nice sipper for sure.
RumRunner101 (565) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromas of liquorice and chocolate. Smooth and creamy with warming alcohol. Flavours of dark chocolate and liquorice, toasted malts. Good piney hop balance and some dark fruits as well. really great.
allmyvinyl (1068) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours jet black with tan head. Aromas are dark chocolate, dried fruits, rich and inviting. Taste is more dark chocolate and roasted bitterness and dark fruit sweet. Full bodied, creamy texture, long finish. Lovely stuff.
BenH (1723) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks Paul. Black with tan head. Aroma of chocolate and dark fruits, sloghtly roasty. Taste is more intense and rich, chocolate, roast, dark dried fruit amd tpuch of licorice. Sweet and bitter. Delish.
cgarvieuk (12238) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle at home ... deepblack ... thin tan head .. soft roast malts ... light vanilla ... big dates nose.... sweet chocolate orast ... dark malts .. deep rich and smooth ... tiny mushroom umami hint ... rich sweet dark roast ... big chocolate ... rich fruits ... nice
harrymel (516) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
on tap at PDX pub
Black ale with a transient mocha quilt atop the oil. With swirl the foam makes an appearance. The nose on this bitch does not disappoint: vanilla, cocoa, dates with figs less so, hint of sweet alcohol with whiskey notations - a rich nose. Flavor carries the cocoa as a baseline for me, layered with light cafe, sweet booze (not as hot as the nose), the dates carry through and the finish accents the figs. The body is silky, full and warming. The breath back is full and sensual. I would put this inside me again, and I will.
Serving type: on-tap
Kevin (2007) - Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
more from the cellar. i will clear it out. pours a black brown body with a lasting tan head. chocolate strawberry nose. peanut butter and chocolate flavor. roast peanut flavor lingers at the end also. thick mouthfeel. roast notes come out as this warms.
JBPortland (202) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle shared thanks to Lukaduke! Pours dark brown-black. Nose is fruity roasty chocolate, dark cherry, fig, plum. Taste is more of the same with a nice finish of dark fruit and roast coffee, malt. A touch boozy but still pretty nice.
mackRIS (6) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours pitch black with a great creamy khaki head that fades. Aroma is rich chocolate, roast, and licorice. Flavor is smooth rich chocolate, bourbon, and roast.
Lukaduke (1475) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Actually drank a Deschutes beer after the best after date ! Pours a deep burnt umber with a finger of khaki foam. The nose is burnt sugar, molasses, dark fruit and chocolate syrup. The palate is slick and a bit oily with lots of burnt chocolate notes, salty taffy, roasted date and some prune notes too. Pretty complex but not as tasty as the flavor profile leads you to believe.
Atom (1117) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2013
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber pours a dark brown/black with a small tan head. Aroma of cocoa, coffee, and licorice. Taste of dark chocolate the sweetness with the dates and figs is licorice like and almost minty. Well balanced smooth and very tasty!