jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber. Dark brown red pour, brilliant ruby when held up to the light, short but persistent light tan head that leaves many spots and some streaks of lace on the glass. Very resiny hoppy aroma -- sticky, almost vegetal. Touches of chocolate/coffee dark malt under the hops. Flavor is bitter and roasty up front with a spicy and resiny hop character that leads into a dry roasty bitter finish. Piney hops almost overwhelmed by dark malt roastsy character (very robust for a porter - almost more like a stout). Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin - medium-light in body with a rich and creamy but very soft level of suds. Overall, not bad - but somewhat unbalanced.
chinchill (4202) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber served in a large Austrian mug (from Oct.2011 notes)
A - VERY dark mahogany, but clear and allowing a bit of light to come through. Pours with a towering, foamy and creamy tan head that reduces quickly but leaves a 2 finger irregular head and lots of foam on the glass.
S - Immediate fresh hop smell; herbal, a bit earthy and citrusy. Some roast malt barely present in the background.
T - This brew is way more hoppy than usual for the style, but not so much as to completely mask the malts. Despite the ample hop flavor and aroma, this is only mildly bitter. It has a lasting, mild hop finish and aftertaste.
M - Medium body; excellent carbonation level; semi-dry finish; virtually no bite.
O - Reading up on "porters" recently (Tasting Beer by Mosher), I now know that "porter" is a highly variable style. Still, this one is on the fringe. If you don’t expect a typical porter, and like the smell and flavor of fresh hops, this beer should appeal to you. This one is a nice cross between a fresh hop black APA and an American Porter. Very drinkable!
Beerdedone (3215) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small light tan head. Roasted malt aroma with chocolate, coffee, pine and light citrus. Flavor was bitter and roasty with coffee, pine, chocolate and had a bit of caramel.
Ret12 (453) - Maryland, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I liked hop harvest it reminded me of a more hoppy oktoberfeat style beer. Nice and malty with a floral finish
strongpieman (1648) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Medium brown, clear, thin head. Strong fresh hop aroma, smooth and malty like a brown with a little sweetness. Short finish. Good -- different/unique.
AWISLguy (2458) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Total Wine in Stuart. Pours brown brown with very little tannish head. Aroma has sweet dark fruit, milk chocolate and some earthiness. Taste brings sweet licorice, rum raisin, cocoa, some sourness and a touch of grapefruit. Finishes sweet and quite short. A very sweet brown ale?
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really enjoyed this dark hoppy beer. It had a nice genuine sweetness to it and was very easy to drink. I would certainly get another.
matthewjk (1057) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 1, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hmmm...interesting ruddy "porter" poured out of bomber. Notes: fresh, low citrus notes, small malt backbone. Wouldn’t classify as a porter with the much of a hop punch, but who the hell am I to say this isn’t a porter? Whatever this concoction is, it’s pretty good.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: It borders on a black IPA, but it’s lighter. Maybe more like a black pale ale. Very easy to drink.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown with red highlights and an average to large, tan, head that mostly diminished, but left excellent lacing. The aroma had light to moderate roasted malt; lighter dark chocolate and coffee; and moderate pine, resin and citrus hops especially orange. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was light to mod sweet, moderately bitter and lightly acidic with an average duration. There was roasted malt, a little dark chocolate and coffee, citrus (especially orange) and pine hops, a little caramel and resinous hops. The medium body was a bit oily with fairly fizzy carbonation and an ever so slightly metallic finish.
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle served in a tulip. Pour is walnut with 3 fluffy fingers of light/medium kaki head; great retention and lacing on this one. Nose is alfalfa, barley, light citrus, hops, and a touch of baby powder. Taste is right on key, but the malt is much more present, and balances the hops and grains nicely, than the nose indicates. This is a tasty beer that I could drink all night. Nothing extraordinary, but it goes down smooth!
sonnycheeba (4955) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a deep red tint and a frothy, light beige head;good retention and some lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, toffee, and earthy hops. Flavor is caramel and light roasted malt up front, light smoke; transitions to bitter earthy and floral hops. Medium/full body with medium carbonation and warmth.