Ratman197 (11524) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of dark chocolate, toffee and light vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry warming finish. Flavors of bitter chocolate, roasted malt and vanilla with a smooth warming lingering roasty finish.
jtclockwork (11250) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Wedgie9. Pours jet black with quick dissipating tan head. Nose is licorice, chocolate, booze and caramel. Taste is licorice, dark fruit, booze, caramel, chocolate, brown sugar and lots of warming alcohol.
Benzai (11048) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2011 Many thanks to Countbeer for sharing this beer! Pitch black although there’s a barely visible red glow coming through when held into the light, brown head. Smell hops, caramel, dark chocolate, just so complex! Taste the same, absolutely fantastic! Soft carbo for 11%ABV, but so so suitable for this beer! Full body, such good mouthfeel!
BeerandBlues2 (10915) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Ratman. Pours black with an average, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, chocolate, toasted, nutty), light hops (earthy, herbal), and average esters (fruity) with notes of smoke, raisin, alcohol, prune, and dates. Flavor is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, chocolate, roasted, nutty), average hops (floral, pine, spicy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of wood, alcohol, prune, dates, raisin, brown sugar, and vanilla. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation, low creaminess with a dry and biting finish.
madsberg (10888) - Søborg, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pitch black coloured. Dense brown head. Lasting . Aroma of sweetness, chocolate, light sweetness, spice, some liqourice, molasses. Flavour of liqourice, roast, sweetness, spice, alcohol, chocolate and vague coffee. Medium to full bodied. Dry roasty bitterness in the end. light burning of alcohol on lips and palate. Quite delicious.
Drake (10888) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber, courtesy of thetomG in Secret Santa Winter 10, someone else who sent me one, and I also bought a bottle at Sicilian’s in Grand Rapids. I figure I should rate this one so people stop sending it to me! Pours pitch black with a medium sized brown creamy head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of rich roasted malts, caramel, floral and citrus hops and a nutty finish. Some pretty hot alcohol notes. The taste is bitter roasted malts, caramel, nutty notes and leafy, vegetal hops with a bit of citrus. Something kinda offputting in there. Medium bodied and pretty boozy overall. Decent.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010
Date: March 13, 2010
Source: Tasting, RBWG 2010
Appearance: opaque dark brown, scant head
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma, touch of roasted
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, nice dose of roasted malts
Date: October 01, 2010
Score: 3.1 to 3.3
Appearance: black, fine tan head, bits of lace
Aroma: roasted malt aroma, big citrus
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, sweet citrus, touch of caramel, light roasted
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yeah ok this beer just rocks ass. Damn this is the shit. Black. Black. Black. Tan head. Tons of chocolate, roast, coffee, prunes, raisins, toffee and some light hops. Flavor is just rich and amazing. First its sweet, then its fruity, the hops swoop in to blance it so perfectly. Just a remarkable brew. Now I know why bourbon county stout is so good!!
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - SEP 30, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fløska. Totally black colour, medium light brown head. Aroma of well roasted malt along with hops and dark fruits. Good filling mouthfeel. Flavour has lots of roasted malt along with good bourbon, bitter hops, dark fruits, wood, chocolate and a pleasant bitterness. Well lasting finish: lots of roasted malt, dark fruits, chocolate and bitter hops. Great brew!
hopscotch (10214) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Pours pitch black with a small, creamy, beige head. Decent retention. The aroma is a mélange of blackstrap molasses, black licorice and pouch tobacco. Full-bodied, viscous and velvety with stinging carbonation. The flavor is bittersweet with lots of molasses, anise and licorice. There may be a little too much black malt used to brew this bad boy. Maybe a little less sugar from black malt and a little more sugar from other sources would help to keep the overbearing molasses and licorice notes in check. Very reminiscent of Bells Batch 9000 and Avery Mephistopheles. Quality brew, but a bit much. Thanks to growler for sharing this bottle!