00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out a deep black color with a very small head. Aroma was sweet and a bit fruity with a nice malt mix to it. Flavor was very nice. has a slightly sweet start with a malty mix and a very bitter finish. This is a nice brew indeed and something i was looking forward to drinking.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transparent copper ruby pour has a thin ring of wispy light tan head. Aroma of sweet, slightly bready caramel malt and a touch of earthy green hops. Body has some sweet caramel malty notes with a touch of light fruit and a drier, slightly warming bittersweet finish. Fairly clean tasting, but could use some more balance.
marcus (8304) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This dark brown ale poured with a large fluffy tan head and a malty aroma. The flavor is quite complex, with elements of chocolate, caramel and treacle. IT starts off rich and sweet and ends with a short bitter finish. An interesting and pleasant brew.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with amber edges. Small, creamy tan head. Nose of roasty malt, rich caramel and cocoa, bitter resinous hops, grain, subtle alcohol. Similar flavor, hop presence only in the finish. Rich yet drinkable. Medium/full body, smoother than balanced. Very good.
BeerandBlues2 (11474) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 23, 2007
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via trade with Larry Pitonka. Pours brown with a small fizzy light brown head, somewhat lasting, fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (caramel, chocolate, roasted), heavy hops (perfume, pine), light yeast (dough) with notes of dates and vanilla. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, average carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.
Ratman197 (12166) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of tobacco, chocolate, toffee and hints of brown sugar and spice. Palate was medium bodied and dry. Flavors of bakers cocoa, tobacco and hints of carmel and toffee with a lingering dry bitter finish.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 8, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2011 22oz bottle, packing a major kick. A deep translucent brown with a nice head, this old ale is hot and a bit over the top. The aroma is sweet and fruity, as you’d expect, while the body is a bit more creamy and toffee-like. My major gripe is that, for a beer this big and sugary, the thing is a bit thin overall. Still a nice one, but not tops in terms of old ales.
argo0 (12647) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle) Crystal clear mahogany body topped by medium beige head. Aroma is sweet, toffee/caramel, some tobacco, light plum. Taste is sweet, molasses, raisin, caramel/toffee, some tobacco/leather, roast, light cherry. Alcohol definitely present, but not unpleasant. Sticky full body, low carbonation.
<rant>WTF do they think they’re doing selling this as a bomber!? This is a sipping beer, the kind you place in a snifter and enjoy a smallish quantity -- I have little interest in 22 ounces of sipping. In truth, I suppose this is little worse than a number of big beers in bombers or 750s. Still, two sips in, I was dreading what awaited me volumewise as much as I can ever recall. This despite genuinely enjoying the beer.</end rant>
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark cherry red w/ small head. Mild roasted malt aroma. Very sweet. a little musty/earthy. Big alcohol kick...not hidden at all. My girlfriend almost spit this out, I didn’t think it was that bad. But, the extreme sweetness with the bitter finish just didn’t sit right.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2007
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2007 Hot damn! This beer captivated me at the Portland Holiday Ale Fest, and is now one of my favorite all-time winter warmers. Thick, complex flavors portray chocolate, cherries, and a dash of sweet liquorish. Abysmally brown-amber with a hardiness that is masked by thoughtful ingredients. A bustling frothy head above a not-quite syrup-like body. At almost 10% ABW, you’d never know it until its too late. Take your time and share with a friend.