CampesinoTino (714) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Red Wax Dipped 2012 Vintage Bomber, 11% ABV. Pours a deep dark brown color with a thin circle of mocha foam and bubbles around the glass. The aroma is a blend of bourbon, vanilla, molasses and dark fruits. The flavor starts with strong dark chocolate malt, vanilla and roasted malt notes along with some black cherry, date, caramel and charred oak. The bourbon is naturally present throughout and holds all the rich flavors together nicely. The body is moderately thick and syrupy with soft carbonation and a pleasantly boozy, roast finish. B-BOMB delivers the goods.
Prufrockstar (628) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to tulip. Pours dark cola with dark tan head.
Aroma: Bourbon, oak, toffee, vanilla, chocolate.
Taste: Sweet start, bourbon and vanilla up front, followed by a rich chocolate finish.
Palate: Smooth. Moderate carbonation, great lingering finish. Given how sweet this is I was expecting it to feel sticky, but it was really just about perfect.
Overall: Very nice. Almost completely transformed from the A Bomb. I’ll be picking up a few more bottles of this before they’re out for the year.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours a very deep brown, almost black colored body with a touch of a reddish hue. Finger-width, dense and creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is rich and malty with lots of coconut, chocolate, toffee, and light roasts with a solid bourbon, vanilla, and light wood backing. Just a touch of cherry in there as well. Flavor is similar. Coconut and chocolate up front with a lightly sweetened toffee, light roasts, and touch of cherry. Balanced vanilla and bourbon lead this into the end with a light wood. Finishes rich and smooth with a nice chocolate note and a light roasty dryness alongside some vanilla and bourbon. Lengthy aftertaste following a smooth, soft, medium-full body and a creamy, very soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really well done barrel aged beer. The body has held up well and is very soft and creamy and the bourbon and vanilla balance the rich malts nicely while adding a good amount of coconut. Delicious beer and one of my favorites thus far on my Seattle trip.
GT2 (7718) - Carlsbad, California, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
651mL red wax thanks to Emily! Pours clear deep sepia to black with a small, coffee head. Spotty lace. Richer butter and tomato paste nose with cinnamon and dark chocolate mousse. Palate is hot, spicy, lots of cracked pepper. Nice. Thick, spicy.
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ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2011, red waxed bottle, via trade. pours a deep, dark, chestnut brown (like a good winter ale should) with a creamy, light khaki head that has excellent retention. aroma is wonderful with big notes of candied nuts, pralines, coconut, and vanilla cake backed by subtle cocoa, toasted oak, bourbon, and dark fruits. flavor is delicious as well with smooth, rich bourbon, vanilla, oak, and dark malts up front backed by pralines, black cherries, walnuts, and earthy hops. palate is full bodied with smooth carbonation and a lingering, sweet, woody finish. overall, a great barrel aged winter ale.
Reynolds314 (2011) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks a ton to Ben for this one. Really rich nutty roasty flavors with a great barrel character. Notes of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and light spicyness. Fantastic and unique beer.
Ernesto987 (3230) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
yea this is awesome, very rich and roasty, perfect blend of bourbon flavoring, love it
Holy (834) - GERMANY - SEP 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brought this bottle from WA to drink in Belgium... Very rich, nice spices - everyone liked it...
arminjewell (5587) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, big thanks to Aaron for the pour! Thick dark brownish black with thin to no off white head, aroma has notes of big dark chocolate, coconut, vanilla, some hints of bourbon, slight retronasal burn, hints of roast and coffee notes, touch of molasses. Taste is a mix of vanilla, coconut, touch of roast, nice molasses, caramel, hints of bourbon, nice dark fruits, finishing fairly sweet, slightly roasty. Pretty nice stuff.
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Stephen’s house, courtesy of azurescens. Thanks! Deep brown appearance with a dark brown head. Bourbon, coconut, chocolate, caramel, rich toffee, delicious aroma. Delicious caramel, toffee, very smooth bourbon, vanilla, coconut, chocolate flavor with an ever slight sourness on the finish. Delicious German Chocolate cake beer!