anders37 (14752) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty chocolate bourbon woody caramel aroma. Roasted malty woody bourbon vanilla chocolate and caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty woody bourbon vanilla chocolate finish.
DocJitsu (598) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served in my Figueroa Mountain pint glass for a little irony. Pours a nearly opaque, dark cola brown with ruby glints around the bottom edge of the glass. A short, caramelized sugar colored head forms and fades just as quickly--in true FW fashion. Chocolate syrup out of the gate, coconut, ripe banana, and brown sugar on the nose. Mouthfeel is thick, wet, slick, but nearly flat. Flavors of coconut and sweet caramel. Some chocolate notes emerge and some oak vanilla also break through. There’s an alcohol warmth in the back of the throat at the finish that tends to migrate into the olfactory. Gets a little to boozy for my liking. Double DBA is far better.
ReggieDunlap (2778) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep chestnut/ruby color with a medium tan head. Aroma has slightly boozy candied fruits, touches of bourbon, vanilla, and roast. Flavor is boozy dark fruits, bourbon, vanilla, roasty malts, and some sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium and silky with a nice warming vanilla/oaky/whiskey finish.
kathouse (725) - Nevada, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the tap, an opaque brown with a dusty aroma of dark fruits and oak. Full body. You can tell this is a blend but its done so well. Not bitter, not sweet. Excellent flavors of fruit, sugar, wood, and smoke. Finish is not too dry. Quite enjoyable.
thornecb (3977) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark mahogany into a tulip. Tan head with little retention recedes leaving no lacing. Vanilla, oak, pit fruit and chocolate aromas. Thin with hot chocolate, pit fruit and vanilla upfront turning to bitter espresso in the lasting finish.
charule (602) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Super dark pour creamy head. Light malty bourbon aroma with strong bourbon flavor. Strong contender.
nimbleprop (3872) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at EBF. Pours a translucent brown with some beige head. Nose is booze, coconut, vanilla, toast, wood, caramel. Flavor is malty, caramel, coconut, vanilla, malt, coffee, rum, tropical fruit. Full, sticky, boozy finish.
CampesinoTino (686) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours a dark brown and mahogany color with a ring of tan foam and bubbles. Aroma is a blend of bourbon, dark chocolate, toasted coconut and caramelized sugars with a bit of pine resin in the background. The flavor starts out with a strong dose of bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits, caramel and vanilla along with some molasses and resiny hops bitterness toward the end. Also a fair amount of bourbon and brandy notes throughout that hold together all the strong flavors. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with soft carbonation and more oak and alcohol in the finish. As bold and complex as you would expect a FW Anniversary Ale to be.
legion242 (2071) - Richardson, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured an almost still medium brown. Wine like nose. Very hot in the mouth but in a very pleasant way. Can’t wait to lay this down and try it in a year or two.
That1Guy (1806) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber comes in a box with a nice descriptor sheet and everything. I’ll bet the packaging guys at FW had a fun few days getting this one fully dressed. Split with TheRon. Pours dark opaque brown with some reddish hues and hardly any head to speak of. Initial aroma of red apple peal, damascenone, and then vanilla and oak with some booziness. Flavor is still surprisingly fruity, with more red apple, purple drink, burnt wood, oak, a hint of licorice, and a warming, alcoholic finish. Complex and lovely.