phaleslu (7668) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at iTap-Soulard, served in a tulip. Pours a dark, rich, opaque brown color with a finger of tan head that lasts for a surprisingly long time. The aroma is super sweet, with vanilla, molasses, caramel, cola syrup, wood, and dark fruits. The flavor is equally sweet and busy, with vanilla, tons of dark fruits (berries, plums, figs, raisins), chocolate, cola, wood, caramel, and some earthy bitterness (hops?). Medium-full bodied, with a sweet, sensationally muddled mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Crazy amount going on in this one, as was expected. Surprised this is only 9.8% ABV, seems like more booze than that is in here. Still, kind of fun to drink.
tgncc (3020) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2015 Pours deep brown, light tan head. The aroma is light funk, tart fruit, whiskey, vanilla, sweet. The flavor is sweet, boozy, again a touch of funk, and tart fruit. Also, rye, spicy, bourbon, dark ripe fruit, molasses, cherries. The finish is tart fruit, especially cherry, pine and resin, slight booze. Medium in body. Strange how there’s funk in aroma and flavor. Pretty cool though.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from Total Wine, Durham. As the label indicates, there’s more than a bit too much going on in this beer (at least for my tastes). Dark, oily, and thick pour, with a healthy foam head on top of that menacing body. Nose of sharp booze, intense tartness from both fruit and wet wood, and strong herbal and sweet qualities in abundance. That’s more or less the clash that assaults your mouth in what is a potent mix of BSA qualities with massive fruit vibe and a bit of hop harshitude. There were moments when it was enjoyable but more when it felt like a shakedown.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber, packaged 03/06/2012. The pour yields a clear but extremely dark mahogany brown body with deep cherrywood tones. A short, compact head of dark khaki foam quickly settles to a thin outer ring, leaving behind a soapy wash that rejoins the body. The nose is massively sweet, showing loads and loads of stewed raisins, figs, and dates. There are some more acidic plummy tones, as well as a hint of pomegranate. Molasses and burnt caramel pile on more sugar, as alcoholic whiskey notes permeate this monster. Flavors are just as heavy on the sugars, dripping with sticky-sweet dark fruits, mainly fig and raisin. The barrel imparts an astringent, woody, boozy intensity. There’s a tart, fruity zing in the background. It’s really quite a messy brew. The palate is sticky, sugary, cloying,and hot...pretty much everything I loathe these days. Woof. I wish I could put these calories back in the bottle.
Mora2000 (6050) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this bottle. Drank alongside Jewbelation 15 and Genesis 15:15.
The beer pours a brownish color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of dark fruit, with some toffee and rye whiskey notes mixed in as well. The flavor is quite a bit more complex. I get the same rye notes from the aroma, but there is also a lot of cherry and raisin notes, as well as a lot of character from the barrels. I get some oak, maple and vanilla. There is also a hint of alcohol, but it is more well hidden than in a lot of He’Brew beers. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Of the three beers drank in the flight, this one was my favorite.
umich03jm (2855) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark brown color with a reddish hint. Tan head lingers for a bit. Aroma is sour fruit, caramel malt, and bourbon. Taste is a very odd mix of flavors. Tastes like a sour beer mixed with bourbon and it doesn’t seem to mix well. Very boozy and sour at the same time. Finishes mostly smooth with some alcohol burn. I was excited to drink this but it’s pretty much a mess.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2012 22oz bottle.
Brownish amber pour with some off-white head. Some funk on the nose with oak and roasted malt - expected more evidence of barrel aging. Flavor is sweet and slightly sour with dark fruit and roast.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Hazy mahogany brown with a foamy light tan head. Aroma of pie cherries, sugar, alcohol/whiskey and some woodsy oak. Flavor is dark fruity, sweet toffee, warming whiskey and some tanic oak. Medium body with spritzy carbonation. A lot going on in this one, I like it but is pretty cloying towards the end. Drinkability a bit low.
scooter520 (185) - - JUN 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Way too sweet and too much dumped into one bucket. It's the caramel, toffee, saccharin, chocolate, whiskey and bourbon, and a few other flavors that just make this a jumbled mess of sweetness.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 650ml bottle into a snifter, batch 1, bottled 3-6-2012.
A: I’m a sucker for a black body and a dense tan head in my snifter, this gets a perfect mark from me.
S: Well this is interesting, the beer smells very much like a sour cherry beer with some mild vinegar and chocolate. Some oak, bourbon, leather, rye and vanilla show up, but this smells like a sour cherry wild ale from my limited experiences with them. Did they use Brett? Still I really like this, it’s interesting as heck and I want to smell it all night.
T: It’s very hard to describe the intro and mid-taste I’m picking up mildly sweet blend of a lot of flavors, some rye, chocolate, vanilla, but the finish is what comes in strong and it’s a mildly sour/vinegar of pomegranate. I like this but I feel the 650ml might be too much to drink solo.
M: Thick and velvety, this is heavy on the tongue it feels fuzzy and warm.
O: This is a very odd beer, but I really like it. It’s definitely a very polarizing beer though and many buying it will hate it. When I bought it I was expecting a very strong whiskey and oak profile to this, I was mistaken. I’m not sure if I would buy this again, but it’s worth buying to try!