cladinshadows (46) - USA - DEC 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle. Aroma is mainly dark chocolate with a hint of hops and some toasty malt. Appearance is jet black with minimal head but excellent lacing and clear with dark ruby highlights. The defining flavor of this beer is bittersweet chocolate, and some slight dark fruit and toasty flavors mingle in the background. It strikes an excellent balance for the black patent malt fans out there. The palate is satisfyingly rich but the roasted malt, carbonation, and hops clean it right out so that it never seems over-the-top. The finish is long and satisfying and might be longer if I wasn’t compelled to take another sip so soon. Overall this may be my favorite commercial porter and fits in perfectly with other classic examples such as Heretic’s Shallow Grave, Deschutes Black Butte, and Anchor Porter.
Bule (1123) - California, USA - APR 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle pours a black color with a bit of frothy beige head. Roasted malt and coffee. Nicely balanced. Medium hop bitterness
drpimento (2421) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured with a large, frothy, long lasting, brown head that settles very slowly, some lace, and an opaque black brown color. Aroma is fairly basic - roast, cocoa, coffee, dark malt. Flavor’s like nose, but malt comes out more with carbonic tang in the front with a very smooth palate to make this such an easy drinking beer. Just a few off notes in the finish. But what the hell. Good schtuff Maynard.
bigericsports (27) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, poured into a pint glass. Black with a medium brown head and great lacing. Aroma is dominated by coffee and chocolate, with some burned notes from the roasted malts. Has a nice finish to it.
Ernesto987 (4451) - Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, didnt like this one. Pennies and plastic. Roasty and nothing else. Completely missed the ball on this one.
daleharshman (970) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber purchased at Distillers Outlet in Poway a little over two years ago ($4.99). Pours basic black with brown highlights, but the vigorous pour produces only a half finger of brown-beige foam. AROMA of quite dark chocolate, roasted malts, creamy vanilla, roasted nuts, and some dark coffee. FLAVOR has much the same as the nose with notes of chocolate-covered roasted nuts, burnt toast, espresso, ashy roasted malts, and vanilla. Finishes with lots of roasty and coffee bitterness and not much in the way of sweetness. Somewhat thin mouthfeel, but otherwise full of flavor and character. Not sure how much the two years of aging changed this, but today it is a really nice American porter. (92, 950)
Banksiz (50) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Complex nose, roasty-treacley with a touch of sourness (in a pleasant way). Somewhat sweet with a roasty bite, but no harshness. Great full body, lasting moderately bitter finish. A wonderful beer. Great combination of malt and bitterness. A lot of flavor and body packed into a 6.3% beer.
Sledutah (5743) - Utah, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at 21A
Black with a medium sized tan head, lots of lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and roasted coffee. Flavors of roasted malts, dark roast coffee and ashy
Nice and smooth
Oscbert (1128) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
~Rich chocolaty espresso aroma, dark and milk chocolate, bready and biscuity. Like a fresh baked bread smothered in chocolate and dipped in coffee.
~Pours black with frothy lasting brown head.
~Cold pressed coffee flavor, smooth yet slightly bitter acridness, dark chocolate and bread.
~Medium full bodied, with low CO2, smooth and soft on palette. Lingering bitter coffee finish.
~Damn good beer. Enjoyable and interesting. Very smooth and easy to drink.
pinkzambia (1618) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Costco - San Leandro: Black with a nice frothy tan head that sticks around for about 15 minutes. Malty bitter sweet choco aroma for sure just as advertised. GREAT flavor with a fruity tang at the end of the flavor. Smooth feel and super easy to drink. Another phenomenal brew from Drakes.
dEnk (4180) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ tasting. Aroma is big roast, molasses, caramel, liquorice. Flavour is very roasty with big liquorice and some roasty malt. Nice.