Cornfield (5341) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from the Binny’s in Orland Park, IL: This poured a clear amber/copper body with a tall & creamy off-white head. The initial aroma was coffee, followed by fruity sweet malt and a touch of toffee. The flavor is pretty much what is to be expected of an amber ale, malt-centric, caramelly with a touch of orchard fruit, and an earthy bitterness near the end. The coffee returns in the finish, giving it a dry roasty taste. I’m not sure why this is listed as a Spice/Herb/Vegetable beer. We’d lose a lot of Stouts if brewing with some coffee pushed all Stouts (and one Doppelbock that I’ve had) into that category.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a sparkling clear, amber color with an average, off-white, creamy, pillowy head which is somewhat lasting and does leave some lace rings. Nose is very pleasant but not very complex; soft notes of coffee, light hazelnut, some chocolate, and some bready/biscuity notes reminiscent of waffles? Flavor is very similar but a bit more sweet than I would have thought; milk chocolate is prominent, mocha coffee frappuccino, similar waffle notes, light hazelnut, a mild acidity, and some hints of earthy hops near the finish. Palate is perfect for an amber ale, medium, nearly lively, creamy, and finishes with a mildly refreshing acidity. Finishes fairly long with the refreshing acidity, some lingering mocha coffee, and light earthy hops. Not your average coffee beer - not dark or roasty, very light and drinkable, and a very light acidity. In the same sense, not your typical amber ale - great palate, nice appearance, and chocolate notes. Before I knew it, the bomber was gone - extremely drinkable. I still can’t believe this beer is from this brewery. A bit like NB’s Giddy Up! but I actually like this better. Surprising to say the least.