Strykzone (4401) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a trade with vlan1 and opened at an ESBLS. This was black but somehow clear. The brandy came through very nicely and it brought all kinds of fruit. Some wood with vanilla. Brown sugar and big malts. I like this.
sloth (2382) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small tan head with fair retention and lacing. Murky, amber brown color. Nose of booze and some caramel malt notes. Body is med/full, oily on the palate, coating with a soft carbonation. Brandy flavors up front backed up with lesser notes of dark fruit, caramel malts and some bready notes, light vanilla and wood pushing through as it warms.Finish is sorta sweet but maybe balanced with some woody tannic notes. Kinda grows on you as it warms. Fairly boozy tasting. Curious as to why the original Sheet is an Abbey Double and this BA version is a Belgian Strong? Brandy barrel aging changes the style? Bomber from statelineliquors.
JDBaker11058 (1108) - Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: deep amber, with ruby highlights and a short, fizzy light tan head that shrinks to a thin cap. Aroma: candi sugar, molasses, brown sugar, caramel, booze, raisins, and a hint of cherries. Taste: very sweet, with vanilla, caramel, brown sugar, raisin, leather, plums, with definite notes of wood and brandy. Finish: sweetness slowly fades, leaving an oaky burn that I’d expect after a wee dram. Notes: This is a barrel-aged beer that makes excellent use of and derives plenty of benefit from that aging process. The notes of brandy are clearly present, but do not overpower the Belgian strong base. This is a pleasant sipper for the fall.
drowland (5893) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
9/2/13. 22oz bottle from Five Points. Brown pour, plenty of reds under the light, with a small khaki head, minimal lacing. Surprisingly light aroma, some sweetness, very mild barrel, plenty of brown sugar, candy sugar, and caramel. Lightly sweet flavor, caramel, subtle barrel, a hint of burnt caramel. Meh.
radio_nowhere (680) - Maryland, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2013 Bomber into Trappist glass. Hazy dark brown color with off-white head. Aroma of white wine, dark fruit (raisins, plums, figs), caramel sweetness, bready and spicy Belgian yeast. Taste brings out more oak, booze, candy sugar, nuttiness, toffee, vanilla, fresh fruits (cherries, red grapes), peppery spices, slight brininess and mild hop bitterness. Medium body, low carbonation, complex, smooth, sweet, malty, boozy with dry finish. Fun trying to identify the aromas/flavors in this, nice rounded barrel-aged strong. Enjoyed.
gerbewa (195) - - AUG 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from Holmes. This one is different. Very malty and sweet. Definitely can pick up the flavor of the brandy barrel which adds a complexity to the flavor. Taste grows on me after a couple of sips. Good beer. Just prefer something dry and bitter.
olr1984 (851) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle pours a deer dark brown with zero head. Oak caramel and vanilla taste.
TheGB (476) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of molasses, raisins, sweet malt and brandy. Taste of plums, black cherry, molasses. Kinda sweet, but has a nice balanced palate otherwise.
snoworsummer (1501) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours opaque dark brown with a light thin head. Tastes delicious, with hints of liquor, tobacco, syrup, and caramel. Medium body and low/ medium carbonation. Smells like bourbon, red wine, and molasses.
sonnycheeba (2964) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours tawny brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is sheery, bread and cookie malts, dates, figs, nutmeg, and light Belgian yeast. Flavor is bready malts forward with a touch of sweetness, light spices, faint bitterness, oak, and light booze; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.