footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a mohagany/reddish brown witha little creamy head.Nose is sweet and big on the dark fruits.Syrupy goodness.Unlike the syrupy medicine when you were young this potion contains a combo of Dark cherries and a caramel candy creation.Thick on the palate.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - NOV 21, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
reddish-brown body with light tan head, minimal retention. Sweet aroma almost fruity with some spice. Full heavy hop flavor mixed with sweet maltand alcohol.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish amber color, full tan head. Very mild aroma, some light, spicy hops, a pinch of malt. The flavor was much better, fruity, spicy, hoppy, with a decent kick of alcohol. Fuller bodied, some alcohol, but not too much. Iím disappointed. I have another bomber though so Iíll see if that oneís any better.
shoeshineboy (81) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the first beer i took the time to rate in a while.... cause it was good. arrogant bastard boo! Double Bastard Hurray!!!
rajendra82 (972) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2006 This bomber (accompanied by a second Ė making this a pair of doubles) came to me courtesy of clvand0, as part of a great trade.
The beer was poured into my usual goblet reserved for strong hoppy beers of this kind. The pour looked dark reddish amber in color, and the initially creamy head soon died out to a thin layer of bubbles, and stick lace patterns.
The aroma was very alcoholic, with a good dose of strong piney and grassy hops thrown in. Mild is not the word that came to mind when my nose approached the rim of the glass.
The taste was very hot and sweet, with caramel, raisins, pine tar, grapefruit rinds, and tobacco juice coming to the forefront. There was a bit of rubber like off flavor, but I attribute it to the greenness of this bottle.
Sticky and full on the palette, the aftertaste was strangely vacant. Warming alcohol content set my ears ringing after each sip. And a sip is about all I could take each time my lips touched the rim of the glass. At this point in time the beer is not very drinkable, but in a few more years, it ought to be a thing of beauty.
Itís been nearly a year and a half since I acquired this bomber via trade, and I read today that this beer tastes best at this age. My palette has evolved quite a bit since the last time I tried this one. It is time to find out if this beer has undergone some evolution as well.
The beer came out the traditional color of barleywine, which to me is burgundy with a touch of orange. The first pour was clear, and had a one finger thick head with remarkable staying power. Carbonation in the underlying beer was gentle looking but steady. The aroma was multilayered malts with vanilla, hazelnut, toffee, and chocolate. Not many hops were detectable using the nose. The taste was amazingly complex as well. Flavors of chocolate, oak, black pepper, raisins, and mandarin orange were found in each sip. The mouthfeel however was a little pricklier than I remembered. Radiating warmth was felt in the belly, letting the alcoholic strength numb away all angst about letting this sit in a warmer than recommended cellaring closet. I can see this one going a few more years along the ascending path. Unfortunately no more bottles are left in the cellar to test the theory. Time for a Chattanooga beer run soon I think.
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
not for the faint at heart, ruby/brown body with a thin slightly laced white head, alcohol is upfront, very warming, huge mouth presence, roasty, hardcore to the last drop, piney-dry finish.
rudolf (2342) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Meaty aroma. big malt but I donít know how to describe. Hoppy, smoke (?) maltalcoholhop bomb. Donít know if I could drink a lot but a little is good. Tingly alcohol finish. Fruity, apples, brown sugar.
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - NOV 18, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was in over my head. 2 on one is never good odds, what was I thinking? Itís likely that I wasnít thinking at all. You slip one, the other is waiting to plant one on your jaw. Best you can do is run. But Iím too much of a coward for all of that... much more comfortable to sit here and take my beating. It has to stop eventually, doesnít it?
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2005 Bottle poured a dark brown/dark red amber with a thick heavy foamy head.
What can you say about the aroma!! strong hoppy malty kickin ass!!
Flavor is AWSOME strong on the hopps strong on the alcohol! I could feel it running through me as I drank and as it warmed up it got even better!!
This is an awsome sippin beer for a cold night.
garrison (792) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
From a 22 ounce bottle - This is a perfect beer... it poured a dark mahogeny color with a low, fine tan head and an exileratingly spicy boquet.
With a full, round mouthfeel and a lasting, complex palate. Damn it, this was worth the $4.99 a bottle price!