jandd1983 (2470) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It poured a black color with a tan head. The aroma was of dark roasted malts, some oak and minor chocolate. It had medium carbonation and a big mouthfeel. The taste was of dark roasted malts, burnt malts, dark chocolate, oak, grassy hops, slight carob and some minerals. Very nice.
olr1984 (1036) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle pours a dark black with a tan head. Chocolate oak and caramel aroma. Taste is the same
allmyvinyl (2802) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aromas are light, but woody and generic stoutiness. Taste brings a touch of vanilla, but the oak is really subtle in this. Sweet taste, low bitterness. Clean finish. Pretty good, but not the best of the bunch.
BenH (2149) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with tan head. Aroma is unspectacular, roasty, slightly woody. Taste of dark chocolate, roasty, licorice. Sweet with a bitter finish. Decent
5lickv1c (108) - DENMARK - FEB 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 650 ml. I actually prefer the ordinary one but this one is really good as well and it is really close. Maybe a bit more laid back than the other one and some more vanilla and almond.
lopisar (190) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark almost black in color with a tan head. Sweet aromas. Taste is smoky with chocolate and coffee notes. Fairly bitter.
HIGHB4LL (431) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2014 Second Tasting; 2012 vintage. Much thicker, chocolate and coffee notes are much less subtle, oak aroma and taste are more mellowed.
Bomber shared thanks to Emily. Appearance: pours black and smooth, two fingers of deep red-brown head that lasts, great lacing, clear. Aroma: dark fruit, oak, coffee, bourbon, molasses, leather. Palate: full body, soft-flat carbonation, oily texture, slight bitter finish that lasts a couple seconds. Taste: sweet off the bat, fades to more a chocolate sweetness and leaves with a taste of bitterness. Overall, had this beer with a nice steak dinner and loved it. Very well done, beautiful, memorable.
juicyhops (48) - Grayslake, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. October 2013. Thick and rich. Black as night. Chocolate and coffee mingle with an noticeable oak flavor. Big brown head. Impressive brew.
pinkie (457) - New York, USA - JAN 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This bottle is dated September of 2012
Pours like liquid chocolate. Black as midnight. No hues escape the edges of this beer. A creamy head of chocolate colored foam graces the beer. It hangs on for dear life but wanes to a ring and film on top. Leaves spotty lace and alcohol legs. Nose is big roasted malt! Ripe cherries and they are bright. Some vanilla smooths it out and there is bit of oak to deepen it. Dry sweet dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Touch of char or burnt on the nose but nothing too loud. For a minute I also thought I observed a bit of cola.
Taste is scrumptious. The chocolate is sweet the coffee is bitter like espresso. The oak is lovely with a bit of vanilla and the ripe fruit is like a cherries and berries. The body of this beer is lush, smooth and creamy. Full malt presence in this one. The The burnt qualities are stronger on the palate and they accent the lovely sweetness of the chocolate. The coffee is strong and bitter while fruit is light and sweet. Hops balance this one nicely. Finishes a touch slick and with a delicious aftertaste. Finishes roasty and sweet, warming and with only a mild bit of ashy char.
Heavenly and one of the best!
gripweed57 (594) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from Joe Canal’s in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Black color liquid topped by a small bubbly brown head. Rich intense roasted malt aroma has notes of cocoa, oak and smoke. Creamy huge roasted malt flavor. Wow! Lot’s of bittersweet chocolate, espresso, oak and charred wood. Lot’s of bitter hops come through in the finish. This is one big, bold mother of a beer. A must have for those that like Imperial Stouts.