dmac (4677) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber from Spirits Toms River. Poured a deep reddish/amber with a nice large bright white head. Aroma was excellent and just the right balance of sweetness and more earthy aromas. Notes of raisin, toffee, vanilla, caramel, honey, grass and earth. The flavor is very similar to the aroma with lots of sweet malts, honey, toffee, vanilla caramel and then a slight dry waxy flavor of slight oxidation creeped in to cut the sweetness down. Medium bodied with average carbonation that was easy to sip and went down far too easy. I wasn’t expecting much from this beer for some reason but boy was I suprised by this one.
SSSteve (3950) - - JUN 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. clear reddish/brown under a small, frothy, beige head. chocolate cake, caramel, black tea, dog food aroma that is fairly sweet. flavor is very malty with a chocolaty caramel flavor. light to medium body. above average.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by cbkschubert at Hellbilly’s Shootout in Sosco Tasting. Thanks Craig! Pours clear amber with an off-white head. The nose is sweet caramel, toasted nuts and chocolate. The taste is toasted malts, caramel, honey and some hops finding their way in the finish. Medium body. A little sweet for my tastes but it hides the alcohol.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours a clear, dark, garnet to crimson color with a small, smooth head of beige tinted foam. A thick wash of suds leaves tiny, scattered spots of sugary lacing on the glass. The aroma is based in dark, caramelized sugars (think toasted marshmallow), prunes, raisins, and bread dough. There’s a hint cocoa, though it is more savory than sweet, almost as though it’s been baked right into the bread element. Flavors follow suit, again quite sweet initially with loads of dark, fruity sugars, yet somewhat balanced by the toasted, doughy bread element. Prunes and plums both play a big role, while raisins and cocoa seem more secondary. Earthen hops are present, but not in great proportion. On the palate, dense sugars offer most of the substance, coating the mouth in a sticky, sugary glaze that hangs around too long. Though it’s a pretty decent representation of the style, this one just doesn’t do much for me.
scoth (607) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear orange-copper, with a thick beige head, fine and lasting lacing. Aromas of biscuit, apple, toffee, and hay. Medium body, smooth and creamy, medium carbonation. Pretty sweet up-front, not cloying, notes of dough, apple and toffee, medium bitter mid-palate nearly balances out the initial sweetness, a gentle bitter finish, hay and a hint of citrus.
hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Clear ruby lager with a mid-sized, fizzy, lightly-tanned head. Good, small, creamy retention. The nose is of toasted malts, caramel and praline with just a splash of port. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The flavor is bursting-at-the-seams with malty heartiness and goodness – caramel, buttery toffee and praline. Balanced nicely by measured hop bitterness - not so much as to detract from the beer’s lavish maltiness. The finish is a continuation of the rich, malty flavor that transforms and fades into a nice light bitterness that gently coats the tongue and hangs out for a while.
nick76 (4314) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
The aroma is right for the style with slightly toasted caramel malt and hops but it’s not a great smell. The appearance is deep amber with a nice head. The taste is like the aroma but has both paper and astringent hops. The palate is fizzy. Overall I am not impressed.
Palidor19 (3075) - Brandon, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
this beer is tasty but it has a carbonated that dilutes the flavor. some caramel. average
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep rum raisin nose with hints of chocolate. Deep reddish brown color, medium thick head with nice lacing. Rich malty cola sweetness with a perfect clean bitter balance. Solid carbonation, medium body, rich mouth feel, spicy clean malty finish. This is a fantastic beer, maltiness is deep and rich, but not cloying, spiciness and balance make this one not to miss!
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a beautiful rich deep amber color with a dark tan head. Aroma is caramel, malty, toffee, some chocolate, prune, toast, and some earthyness. Flavor is caramel, toast, some grain, prune, a little toffee, and a light spicy finish.