Dogbrick (9109) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at the Odds and Ends Tasting on 8/16/06 (2005 Bottle): Jet black color with a thick light brown head with good retention. Nice rings of lacing. Big roasted malt aroma, with caramel and dark fruit in the background. Full body with a pleasant roasted character. Malt, caramel and chocolate flavors are balanced by an underlying coffee bitterness. The finish is dry and mildly bitter coffee and hops. I would definitely like to try this again.
Slinger (91) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a little head typical of most stouts. Sweet and malty. Pretty strong with flavors of caramel.
arjoseph (640) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber into tulip glass, The Friday imperial stout tasting, summer 2005. The first beer of the night. Smell was earthy, like dirty roastiness, with some caramel mustiness. Tasted thin and acrid, somewhat green, with earthy tobacco notes before dry baking chocolate, fading into a slight alcohol sting and dryness on the finish.
BBB63 (6368) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted said-by-side against the BA version, sampled in a snifter:
Poured a deep black hue with a small tight head which faded but left good but spotty lacing.
The aroma has notes of heavy charred and chocolate malting, light espresso, moderate piney and grassy hops, and dusty yeast esters.
The taste is starts with a nice roasted overtone with the mocha and coffee tone shining though. I get more hop bitterness in this non-aged version which makes it a lot more drinkable and not over sweet. Finishes with just a touch of plum and prune flavors. I honestly like the flavor profile of the regular version more than the BA version.
The mouth feel of this beer is thinner and not as developed as the BA version, seems watery in comparsion. A bit asrengtent as well in the end.
Honestly this is very average when it comes to impy stouts, to weak in aroma and body to reach the levels of greatness. still should you get the chance to taste side-by-side like I did, then go for it.
kramer (5315) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz handbottle, via Wohlfs. Pitch black body with a thin covering of dark brown head that faded to a thin ring quickly. Nice roasty nose with some alcohol, caramel, and espresso. The lightest hint of soy as well. Flavor is rather thin with roast, caramel, a little soy, carmalized dark fruits, and some alcohol. Mouthfeel is thin with nice low fine bubbled carbonation. Finish is slightly more oily in texture. Not a bad beer, the flavor and aroma are nice, but the mouthfeel really is lacking and it all adds up to an average, at best, Imperial Stout.
Ratman197 (10678) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber poured a translucent reddish black with a small,diminishing brown head. Aromas of molasses, coffee, bakers chocolate and some dark fruit. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of coffee, roasted malt, bitter chocolate and a faint hint of licorice with a slightly astringent, dry finish.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
01.21.06 Bomber, 2005. Black pour with solid tan head. The beer was less imperial than expected, quite dry and very roasty. Hints at anise, tobacco, solid notes of molasses and cocoa. Rather burnt towards the finish where Iíd hoped for sweetness or resiny hops, but it made it seem unusual as if it was an imperial dry stout. In fact, that notion was easily extended to the whole picture. Thanks for the sample, Mike.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle. Dark black with medium head. Roasty aroma. Big dark flavors and lots of bitterness. Pretty dry compared to some Imperial stoutís residual sweetness. Not as balanced as I like but still a good beer. The alcohol is nicely covered by the dark flavors and the bitterness.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Jaded. Seems thatís whatís happening. Getting jaded. Too much of too many good things? Who knows. This didnít impress me as I had hoped. Nice dark, almost opaque black body with a frothy tan head. Hints of chocolate, coffee, molasses, toffee, vanilla. Thin and watery. Decent flavor but nothing that would have me begging for more.
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black maple. Rocky, tiny-bubbled gray-tan foam. Lovely nose of black currants bathing in port. Touch of roast, black licorice, coffee, and hazelnuts. Dry with medium spritz. Airy and firm initially. Possesses just enough softness, however, as ensuing rush of port and moist prunes uphold the body. Chalky, snappy malt spine vivifies the earthier roast twinge. Dab of nuttiness, but thereís little malt depth, otherwise. Tasty blend of brisk roast, vibrant espresso, and dark chocolate truffles is washed away by the char induced astringency and dryness. Quite gritty with some mineral heftiness and more astringency which ride alongside a plethora of fruity esters, ink, and espresso softness to lighten the hard malt frame. Finishes suggestively dry with a salty char accent as notes of black currants and molasses rise to the surface and linger. A pretty nice Imperial.