HIGHB4LL (835) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber share, Release #15 - 11.4% ABV. Appearance: dark brown color, clear, chocolate brown head, sparce lacing. Aroma: coffee, roast, light chocolate, did I say coffee? Palate: full body, light carbonation, oily texture, slightly bitter finish. Taste: heavy malt sweetness with light coffee bitterness. Overall, great for coffee lovers, but rather unbalanced because of this.
cfour (1) - Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Awesome. Cant wait for the other five bottles I have to age a bit. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
nimbleprop (6066) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Batch 19, listed at 10.4% ABV. 22oz bottle pours a very inky, opaque black with some thin, fizzy, tan head. Nose is really heavy on the fresh brewed coffee, some raisin, malt, molasses, brown sugar, dark chocolate, some toasted bread crust. Flavor is the same, a ton of coffee, some brown sugar sweetness, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, a little raisin, a little currant, malt, molasses, dark chocolate. Big beer, but mostly dry on the finish and fairly smooth. Reminds me so much of KBS. Lots of competing flavors but everything goes well together. Real good.
oxbn (2) - - FEB 12, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Interesting take on the barrel aged stout. The flavor and aroma balance skew heavily towards coffee for me, with the barrel character a bit subdued from what I anticipated. Big and boozy mouthfeel. Good beer, just doesn't rank among my favorites in this space.
CampesinoTino (799) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber (Release #13). Black syrup pour with a half-inch of cappuccino foam. Strong notes of dark roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate and molasses with some charred oak around the edges. The flavor starts with an aggressive dose of espresso, dark chocolate mocha and Kahlúa along with some vanilla bean and brown sugar. Only a little bit of bourbon in the background. Mouthfeel is naturally thick and syrupy with low carbonation while the alcohol is relatively subtle. Well done dark chocolate coffee bomb.
njager246 (604) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2015 Bottle pour, thanks Tim, whisky and coffee aroma... A little chocolate in the taste... This was very good and punches you in the mouth a bit! Wonderful!
oRos (1387) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours black with brownish head. Huge coffee taste. With some chocolate and roasted malt. Reminds me of a cup of black coffee.
northropfrye (2811) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark body with brown foamy head, quickly fades, not a lot of lacing. The aroma is certainly intense, very very coffee and a touch of cocoa, perhaps a bit too one dimensional but nice. Taste is less coffee than the aroma, rich velvety, sweet with a nice roastiness. Didn’t get a lot of bourbon in this, maybe a touch in the aftertaste, but I think the roastiness is stronger than the sweet bourbon element you usually expect. Overall, it tastes great even if it doesn’t match expectations.
italarican (1526) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at the Foothills Sexual Chocolate pre-release party. Fitting name, as it’s heavy heavy on the bourbon-dark chocolate blend. A slight pickle sting at the end.
marcus (7674) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 2, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Best Damn Beer Shop. Pours dark brown with a rich tan head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. There is a rich smoked chocolate and coffee flavor with a nicely bitter finish. Very tasty.