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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wheresyourball (531) - El Cajon, California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Bomber picked up in Portland. Pours an orange brown with woody, toffee nose. Taste is bourbon, oak, caramel, toffee. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6322) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Clear brown color with tan foam. Nice whiskey vanilla, floral, toffee, spicy caramel aromas. Smooth medium body. Whiskey vanilla, spicy caramel, toasted toffee flavors with some mild peat smoke--very good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5575) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Courtesy of 5000 via trade

Bottle: The aroma consists of caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, and faint oak. It pours a muddy orangish-brown with a small beige head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There’s some dotted lacing left behind on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with caramel, toffee, and candy corn. The finish has bourbon and light vanilla. It’s medium-full bodied with a somewhat sticky mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2012
On tap at Brouwer’s Big Wood. Pours dark brown/red/orange. Aroma of bourbon, dark red fruits, molasses, caramel malts, and some tangerine. Flavour is largely bourbon, some dark fruits, molasses and wood. Full bodied, sweet and well balanced.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10076) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Bottle… Mostly clear burnt-orange ale with a small, creamy, khaki, head. Good retention. The aroma is a luxuriant mélange of caramel, bourbon, coconut and vanilla. Medium-bodied and oily with tingly carbonation. The flavor is of harsh, overbearing bourbon eclipsing some very nice notes of caramel and vanilla. Finishes bourbony-hot, caramely and dry. Bottle generously shared by newcigarz!

Hmmm? What to do? Sit on it another year or two and the harsh bourbon should mellow and hopefully mesh more nicely with the caramel, vanilla and coconut notes. However, this stuff is only medium-bodied now and is already fairly dry in the finish. Therefore, if you sit on it another year, it may attenuate a bit too much, becoming light-bodied, astringent and dry and losing some of those nice caramel and vanilla notes. Who knows? Who cares? Sit on a bottle and see what happens. There’s definitely promise here. Hell, it’s pretty darned good right now.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cstuartj (1018) - Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Very dark cloudy brown. Amazing great noise, tons of oak and hint of vinilla. Great woody taste start to end. Yumm!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (1934) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Bomber. Brewed 6/12/11; bottled Nov. 2011. Pours murky brown with a medium-small beige head that falls after a minute or two; lace sheets the glass. Aroma is very woody, along with caramel, vanilla, booze; I’m not getting any smokiness, which is my favorite thing about this style. Taste starts out sweet and meaty but quickly turns bitter. Tastes more like an American Strong Ale than a Scotch Ale. Carbonation is medium, body is medium to full, mouthfeel is syrupy. Although not very characteristic of the style, this is pretty yummy.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1431) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Bottle generously sent by John - thanks! Pours a murky, caramel brown with a thinnish slick of tan foam. Aroma is sweet, slightly biting bourbon with complimentary vanilla and soft oak. I also get a bit of peat and perhaps toffee underneath the bourbon. Taste is very well done, balanced bourbon up front with vanilla, sweet malt in the middle with caramel and toffee, and a touch of almost thin, cola sweetness from the bourbon through the finish. Steady carbonation adds a nice presence in the mouthfeel to the bourbon. While the scotch ale character of the base beer is tough to pull out under the bourbon, I am really happy with how balanced and flavorful the bourbon is on a relatively low ABV beer. No hotness and there’s enough malt sweetness present to accentuate the bourbon. Man, this is just a hugely drinkable bourbon barrel aged beer. Really impressive.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12308) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Bomber from Belmont Station. Pours hazy dark amber/brown with a 3 finger creamy beige head. Aroma is bourbon/vanilla. Full bodied. Very. Flavor is bourbon/vanilla extreme with a hint of smoke. As the intense flavors wash away there’s some herb and something unidentifiable but interesting. Makes me think of shortbread. This drinks really well. Great ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Nice pleasant sweet bourbon aroma, brown sugar, vanilla, wood. Decent caramel and toffee malt notes, sweet with residual sugar but noting over the top. Pours murky brown with a decent off white tannish head. The flavor is sweet with bourbon initially, smooth with caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, wood. Mostly sweet, light wood dryness shows up. A good showcase for bourbon without retarded heat. The flavor is sweet and lingering, the body is smooth. Maybe a little more body would be my only complaint, but all in a ll very solid and drinkable BA beer. Hales keeps putting out solid stuff. Keep it up!


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