JohnnyJ (4677) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at the brewery. Medium brown pour, with an off white biege head. Rye, a bit spicy, chocolate, nutty burnt grain, sweetness, earthy, and some citrusy bitterness. Ok.
Homer321 (2370) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can, from Chris, I think. Poured into a snifter. Pours a very clear, dark red to light brown with orange highlights, and a medium off white head, with lots of tiny bubbles. A little cold, and hard to pick off the aromas, A slight toffee, crystal sweetness on the nose. Taste is initially sweet, sugary, and honey like. Dries out well in the finish, not much in the way of hops to speak of. a light bitterness to keep balance. Dangerously drinkable. Not sure how I feel about his being a brown, rather light and lacking on the chocolate character. Damn drinkable and good though. Just noticed there was smoke malt listed in the ingredients. I’m not getting any, but then again, I had a smoked swamp ape (whael) earlier tonight.
jake65 (2792) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Traditional brown color, medium depth, topped with a finger of sticky beige head. Malty aroma, earthy, some chocolate malt. Hints of campfire… it becomes much stronger in the taste, but not too strong. Earthy, floral, smoky, nutty… a complex layering of flavors. Finishes with a lingering floral bitterness and campfire smoke. Nice.
NachlamSie (2859) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber bottled on November 21, 2014 purchased from Little’s. Pours a really pretty dark red hue with a persistent off-white head. The first thing noticeable in the aroma is rye. It’s spicy and very appealing. The straightforward American hopping works very well here, subtle citrus hints play with notes of chocolate and rye. The flavor is nice too. Complex malt bill has all the high notes of rye, wheat and chocolate. Rye seems to stand out the most, which I like. The bitterness is hefty enough to be identifiably American, but not over the top for a dark ale. This stuff is unique and tasty. I hate that they opted to name it Bonfire Ale, it’s just not smoky at all. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s delicious. I also strongly disagree with it being listed as a brown ale on Ratebeer. It doesn’t fit as far as appearance, flavor or aroma. This kind of mutt is hard to categorize though.
Sledutah (5483) - Utah, USA - JAN 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle picked up at Yokes
Pours clear dark amber/brown with a medium sized beige head, some lacing. Aroma of toasted malts, smoky, caramel and floral. Flavors of roasted malts, caramel, ashy, leather and vanilla
A very good Brown ale with a touch of smoke.
WABeerFiend (274) - - JAN 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bomber into a Fremont beer can glass on 11.12.14.
A: Cocoa and dark berry sweetness.
A: 1 finger head that is retained. See though amber/red body.
T: Roastiness, maple syrup, and brown sugar dominate. Woodiness and red grape are subtle.
P: Smooth. Somewhat syrupy mouthfeel. Bubbles on the back end.
O: It almost feels flat at first, but then the bubbles kick in halfway and ride through the back end. It is much like a bock but better. The roastiness and woodiness don’t overwhelm, but add to the overall flavor. It is a bit more woody than the first time I had it, though. Very nice.
ryanfolty (1946) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
January 18, 2015 - can acquired via trade. Light brown pour with nice amount of head that faded quickly. Aroma was grain, hops, spice and light smoke. Taste started grainy and a bit sweet, then moved into the spice and finished with a light smoky bitterness. Medium bodied, but at a time was watery and light carbonation.
Danyel (1198) - Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Pours brown with red hues and off white head. Aroma is very nutty vanilla, bready. Taste is a bit tobacco, dry, high carbonation, medium bodied, kinda musty. Overall, meh.
HIGHB4LL (751) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. can from Supermarket Liquor. Appearance: finger of off-white head, copper color, clear, good lacing. Aroma: caramel, floral hops. Palate: light-medium body, average carbonation, sticky texture, light dry finish. Taste: sweet caramel into a good floral and slightly roast bitterness, with hints of citrus. Overall, very drinkable, surprisingly good.
cobaink2 (134) - seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from brewey. Deep caramel rosted rye and chocolate malts. Very little hint of hops in this. However it doesn’t need to be. The highlight here are the Malts.