IrishBoy (3926) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Leeís Discount Liquors - E. Flamingo Las Vegas. Nose is coffee, chocolate, vanilla, lightly smoky, and pecans. Black with a medium, lightly lacing cinnamon tan head. flavor is lots of vanilla, expresso, chocolate, a tiny hint of bourbon in the background, and a light dark chocolatey bitterness in the finish. Not near as much bourbon as I expected but tons of vanillin. Nicely balanced and very flavorful.
kbudd19 (849) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Release #5. Thick black viscous pour, nice tan head, yup its rather dark looking. Aroma, lots and lots coffee, roasted malts, some subtle sweetness, a bit nutty. Taste, thick mouthfeel, lots of coffee up front, but it settles down quick, towards the middle some chocolate sweetness a bit or roasted malts, some oak and some slight char from the barrel treatment, very well balanced,this is my kind of beer, love coffee, love imperial stouts...love this.
MrBunn (2536) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours motor oil black and has a nose of whiskey and charred barrel. Flavor is like chewing on a chunk of charcoal that has been soaked in high proof whiskey. It has the mouthfeel of a porcupine as it burns and bristles its way down the gullet, finishing in a dark fruit and soy stickiness. Too much for me, but I can appreciate the craftsmanship.
flatmatt (1231) - Northville, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Ashleyís Ann Arbor. Pours black with a very light tan head. Coffee! aroma. Overwhelming coffee flavor mixed with some bitter cocoa. Itís decent, just too much coffee.
joshwoodward (572) - - MAR 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had a glass on tap as part of a flight at Ashleyís. Wow, remarkably balanced for such a massive beer. Delicious, tons of coffee flavor, good refreshing bite with very little booze.
Benzai (9800) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber @ home. Stunning appearance: opaque pitch black color, full sized creamy medium to dark brown head that lasts for a decent while and leaves good lacing. Aroma has malts, lightly dark malts, roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, bourbon and slightly liquor. Taste malts, roasted malts, coffee, light to moderately cocoa, superbly bitter, bourbon in the back but always there, and a superb roasty bitterness with a touch of warming alcohol in the finish. Medium to full body, oily texture, perfect carbonation. Wow this is class. Absolutely superb beer. Oh boy am I gonna enjoy this bottle. Damn!
andyhwcinc (1620) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 25, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Purchased at Discount Liquors in Milwaukee, WI; enjoyed at home after work on a late March night. I really should have shared this bottle with friends, because upon first taste itís a beer that should be shared, and itís also very potent. Release #27, 11.5% ABV. Appearance is a thick, rich black with a moderate off white head that rims around the glass. Aroma of extremely rich espresso notes, cacao nibs, light lactose, chocolate, smoke, oak, light bourbon, just an epic aroma with a ton going on. Taste is one of those beers where you say "wow" upon first sip. Itís not overpowering but is powerful with its ingredients. Coffee notes are fantastic and add to the bitterness, light burning going down from the high ABV, smoke makes itself known a bit more, also a little bit of vanilla with a great sweetness and light syrup. This is one of the best out there, and gives Dark Lord a run for its money (at half the price, at least). Really happy that I tried this one out, now itís time to get sloshed on a work night!
Malter_Sobchak (7) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 25, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
release # 20, 22oz bottle. pours dark and thick with a short, tan head that dissipates quickly. big aroma of coffee and dark chocolate, some vanilla, whiskey and wood. great complex flavor, plenty of roasty stout with the chocolate and coffee so not super sweet, nice bitter lingering finish. not a ton of carbonation and some nice coating, fairly thick body but not overly chewy, either. great stuff.
stoutnick (700) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2014 Release #22 from Jersey Wines and Spirits. Looks great - dark with tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate and coffee beans. Taste is the same with barrel bringing some flavours on the finish. Bit of vanilla in the mix here. Very good imperial stout here. Impressed!
Doofgoblin (416) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really Big! Aroma is big and toasty with coffee, chocolate and a hit of barrel. Itís also faintly boozy. The booziness touches you tongue at first but is overwhelmed by thick rich malts, faint coffee and chocolate. Then, wait for it...barrel smoothness and a faint almost hidden vanilla note. Awesome!