DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured into a snifter. Thanks to someone (I forget who) for this. 2009 vintage bottled on August 14th.
Looks like GI carbonated the pooch on this one. Strong gusher (though nowhere near the worst Iíve experienced) was handled with care over a sink and I only lost a small portion of the beer.
3.0 A: The appearance resulting from the gushing is a mess. All of the yeast and blackberry slurry mixed well throughout the whole bottle. Opaque amber brownish color. Frothy white head, which retains fairly well, had plenty of blackberry and yeast particulates throughout and especially on top, giving the appearance of a cappucino with a healthy dose of cinnamon sprinkles on top. The beer, like the head, has particulates throughout.
3.5 S: The nose is rather boring for a beer put through what this one has been. Equal parts brett funk and sourness, but neither are very strong. Lightly acetic, a bit more lactic acid, and a light berry component. If I hadnít known about the wine barrels, I probably would have attributed the light grape vinous component to the berries, but it sticks out with the a priori knowledge. Light woodiness with a touch of astringency. Overall, itís a good aroma, but it doesnít have any balls to it. Far too subdued.
3.5 T: The taste suffers from the anemia of the nose. Itís tasty just like the nose is pleasant, but no power at all. Thereís a light tartness, but the acetic sourness is all but gone. Compared to the sourness, thereís a decent amount of funk featuring a basement muskiness, leather, and wild apple. The tartness of the berries shows that they are there, but there isnít a lot of berry flavor. Woodiness and astringency are there again and in good proportions.
3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Aggressive not-quite-spritzy carbonation. Could be smoother, but thatís mainly due to the overcarbonation.
3.5 D: Itís an okay brew if thereís nothing better around, but a bomber of this is a rather boring experience. The aromas and flavors are okay, just too weak to make this a truly enjoyable experience. The overcarbonation and the price didnít add anything positive either.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-18-2011 05:42:44
BrewBoxer (2528) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Pours a purple browinsh ciolor with no head. Smells floral potpuri, fruit and spices. Tastes of cherry and rasberries with a sour bite, but not overly tarty. Really good example of a sour. Not what i expected from goose island. Good job.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: A very tart, dry and oaky beer with plenty of tart fruits (raspberries mainly).
How: Bottle 22oz, vintage 2009, bottling may 2009. Consumed when almost 1.5 year of age
The look: Gusher. Cloudy dark pink body topped by a large pink head
In long: Intense nose that is dry, tart and fruity. This is like smelling raspberry seeds, cherry pits, etc. Taste is super sharp. Tart raspberries, crisp wheat, cranberries, sour white grapes, cherries, raspberry seeds, cherry skin, lots of oak, some strawberries. Tartness level is through the roof, medium acidity, low sourness, very astringent. Sharp dry finish leaving fruit acidity after-taste. This is a Sour Ale (more like a Tart Ale) that is very intense but also manages to be highly drinkable. Overall the flavor profile of this beer is like an oaky fruit Berliner Weisse, as if Dieu Du Ciel would oak age their Solstice dí…tť aux Framboises. To quote William Shakespeare: " What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east and Juliet is the sun.". On a related note, I am amazed at the number movie plots that were accurately predicted by Shakespeare.
ChainGangGuy (4714) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 Vintage. Bottled August 14.
Appearance: Pours a hazed, reddish-pink body with a very tall, rather fizzy, lightly pink head.
Smell: Airy nose of tart-scented berry-based spread, oak-based barrels, and a particularly small spoonful of salty bleu cheese crumbles tucked in back.
Taste: Thereís a brief, light opening of sweet maltiness. A handful of berries, both ripened and unripened, firmly funky barnyard phenolics, and with a robust, zesty oak wood presence throughout. Though blackberries were used, it all keeps coming up tartish raspberries. Not overtly flavorful, the fruit, though ample for the proceedings. Modesty lactic. Cracklingly acidic. Youíll likely pucker. One drop of lemon juice, then a continued subtle fruitiness into the dry, fizzy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Highly carbonated.
Drinkability: Thereís freely wild funkiness, thereís fruit, and plenty of bubbles. Interesting and enjoyable for a bottleís worth.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009 Juliet- bottled on my birthday :). This is also the review # that corresponds with the day I was born (not planned at all). This was a crazy gusher which made quite an event at our family gathering. Poured into my duck rabbit snifter (~10 oz).
A- Body is a dark translucent pink color with uniform fogginess. Pours with a very foamy light pink head which suprisingly doesnt take long to settle to 1/2 finger and very little lacing is left behind in the glass.
S- Nose is quite tart-with an acidic tartness striking first, behind this is raspberry, a hint of vinegar, and a hint of funk-the main character is the acidic tartness.
T- As with the nose the acidic tartness is the first to come through in the flavor-at a moderate strength-behind this is dry raspberry and a hint of funk. The tartness quickly fades and almost disappears for the finish allowing a dry mild berry flavor to shine. Nothing really lingers on the palate.
M- Carbonation is quite high and tingly with a lightweight, slightly dry body.
D- This is a very good wild ale overall. The highlight is the tartness-but overall its mild to moderate with a clean finish. This was a good sour to start the family off with as its not really offensive.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-26-2010 15:34:35
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber shared with my bro on nye 2010 to 2011. Pours a light reddish brown with a glowing pinkish hue, small quickly fading white head. Aroma is funky barnyard, nice fruity note. Definitely some woody wet earthiness along with the light fruit notes. Flavor starts sweet and mild, nicely soft and fruity before picking up some funky notes, then a sharp citric lemon tartness. The tart notes linger with the blackberry definitely up front. Medium body and a sharp carbonation. Very nice beer, happy new year! Many more beers to come! :)
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle, 2009 version sample December 2010:gushes on cap removal...I barely manuvered the bottle over the glass, losing just a few drips and bubbles. Pours with a thick, billowy & fluffy off white head that loudly and quickly diminishes...strong, funky barnyard aroma is immediately noticeable...with notes of oak and lightly charred wood. Lively palate, though not overly so as I was expecting. Clean...while being fairly tart. I imagine there used to be light fruit, but that has faded to be replaced by yeast and nice bitters. Long, leathery and funky finish. This holds true to a great farmhouse ale, though I would classify as a sour...either way, nice.
drowland (7774) - Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
10/9/10. Thanks, Lance! Bomber shared at Tally Sourfest. Light fruity and woody aroma with a slightly sour and quite winey flavor with plenty of dark fruits. A bit simple and light, but very nice.
phaleslu (9017) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from lushawn- thanks again, Shawn! 2009 vintage. Gushed a little when it opened but we didnít lose too much. Pours a cloudy orange color with some reddish tints and a huge off-white head with pink tints. Aroma of red grapes, raspberries, lemon citrus, wood, tannins, and a general acidic sourness. The flavor is essentially the same, very fruity and tart, with some funky yeast as well. Medium-bodied, with high, soft carbonation and a tart, juicy mouthfeel. Really nice sour, fruity and not too harsh.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
G: Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.
A: Beautiful orange-pink rose color with a frothy, slightly pink head.
S: Mostly sour notes. Tart fruit of cherries and blackberries.
T: Sweet and sour from the outset. Makes you pucker on the first sip, and then mellows more into the fruity, sweet flavors, especially as it warms more toward room temperature.
M: Sour on the tip of the tongue and the sides of the cheeks. Very light and crisp. Moderate to minimal carbonation.
D: Very solid overall. Goose Island is really stepping up its game with the new collection.