CpyNPrnT (505) - Indiana, USA - APR 26, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of tons of dark fruit, anise, barrel characters, taste is lots of dark fruit, maple taste, very dark red to brown appearance, alcohol finishes smooth- taste at DLD 2015. 2014 reserve.
lawman834 (256) - Texas, USA - APR 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Entering from my scorecard after having sampled at the Big Texas Craft Brew Fest.
ryecatcher (1017) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber (2014 Release). Look, Iíve cellared this long enough. I have no patience to wait another 7 months until this hits itís íbest-after dateí (and moreover, itís also after 2:00am and itís the only beer in the house)... so yeah. Okay, pours a nearly jet black, opaque stouty color, excellent chocolate-milk-colored foamy head with very nice retention and lacing. Nose is loads of cocoa, coffee, roastiness, dried fruit (raisins, dates and figs), candy sugar and a hint of smoked almonds. Mouth is oily and rich, nice balanced of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted barley and barrel, getting some of that licorice, plums, and a pleasant underpinning bitterness throughout. Next year Iíll try and be more patient as Iím now more curious to see what some age on this will do... because itís pretty fucking impressive as is.
bluejacket74 (1556) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle, 2014 vintage, label says best after 11/11/15. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch frothy tan head that stayed around for a while. Thereís also a bunch of lacing. Aroma is great, the brew smells like molasses, red wine, oak, coffee, chocolate, burnt/charred malt, and a bit of vanilla. The taste is pretty good too, thereís burnt/charred malt, coffee, chocolate, molasses, licorice, red wine, oak, bourbon, and vanilla flavors. Lots of bittersweet goodness! Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, itís coating and creamy with moderate carbonation. Iíve been waiting a while to try this, and I wasnít disappointed! I liked this brew a lot, itís going to be hard for me not to drink my other bottle before the "best after" date. Iíll definitely buy this again the next time itís released. $14.99 a bomber.
bpreo (2073) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A hell of an Imperial Stout. This was is nice and rich, heavy, dark, strong. The perfect last beer of the night.
DCLawyer (1866) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle take home from Rustico-Ballston, into snifter. Black with moderate tan head. A: coffee, anise, oak, booze, nuts. T: coffee, molasses, licorice, chocolate malt, nuts. Smooth palate. Very very good, but was nonetheless expecting to like it even more. I think the licorice threw it a little off for me.
p1meatloaf (256) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks black brown head. Smells of big chocolate sweet bitter bourbon. Dark roast. Tastes of big dark chocolate roast alc. Smoothish on the palate being so big.
dfearnley (1257) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 Bottle to pint glass
Chicolate, toasted malt, molasses, oil. Dark oily black with a 1 cm creamy bown head and nice lacing. Taste is molasses, chocolate, caramel, toasted malt. Great beer.
Imaena (2083) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. This is a viscous roasted malt bomb with lots of dark stone fruits and burnt brown sugar.
GnarlyGnome (798) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big...heavy. Lots of chocolate. This is a sipper for sure... but if you give it some time, and make sure itís not too cold, there are some really amazing flavors going on in the beer. Very complex and delicious.