bhensonb (10215) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 29, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours very dark brown/black with a temporary, nearly chocolate, tan head. Aroma runs toward treacle and dark fruits. Quite full bodied. It has carb. Flavor is chocolate, then dark fruit, then moving on to chocolate and dark malt. Heat sneaks in once in awhile, but itís not obnoxious. Much less heat than expected. Certainly not dry, but the sweetness is much more restrained than many barleywines. I think thereís bitter in the finish, but whether from burnt malt or hop? Itís fairly refined, and pretty tasty.
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with a fizzy white head. Interesting aroma of dough, chocolate, cinnamon, brown sugar, and hazelnut. Tastes of hot cinnamon, hazelnut, bitter dark chocolate, brown sugar, and yeast/dough with a rough, slightly sharp acetone finish. Thick sticky sugary palate.
Steasy66 (785) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with tiny tan head. Aroma is booze, chocolate malt, coffee, dark fruit, apples, a whole lot going on here. Taking a sip the first thing you notice is the oily texture, the boozy burn hits shortly thereafter, but its filled with sweet chocolate malts and dark fruit flavors. Very thick but it fits, low carbonation. This beer is fantastic, I canít believe its 8 bucks a bomber. Iím really impressed.
TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich black with a viscous brown head. Complex aromas of dark chocolate cake, raisins, plums, fruit cake, and sweet booze. Harsh roast and burnt flavors cover hints of caramel and toffee among other things. Finishes surprisingly dry with lingering burnt flavors.
Great aromatics but the burnt/roasted characteristics dominate any other flavors that are at work. These harsh flavors might fade with some cellaring.
boxofrane (1849) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bottle at craft ale house. Pours pitch black with no head. The aroma Is fairly boozy with some anise. The taste is very anise with some sweetness and booze.
dangjdangel (33) - - NOV 27, 2012
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Yikes. Poured on tap at midway pub ATL. The malt is overwhelming on this one and the palate is very heavy. First sip was ok but this beer quickly started to taste like soy sauce. Not recommended.
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ChainGangGuy (4274) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a thick-looking, viscous, black body with a couple inches of dark tan foam.
Smell: Heavy, heady scents of blackstrap molasses, blackened barley grains, black licorice, dark chocolate, oven-roasted prunes, raspberry, leafy, floral hops.
Taste: Molasses, bitter chocolate, heavy roastiness, charred toasted remnants, and even some burnt campfire marshmallows. Thereís a big sweetness on-hand, but a ramping up over the roastiness, along with the hop bitterness and heated, spirited alcohol qualities. Leafy, resiny, floral hops present. Some of the aforementioned fruitiness present, but itís dampered by the heavy maltiness. Sweet, roasty, boozy finish. Be sure to have a cleansing glass of water at the ready.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: I acquired one of the bottles at 11.8% ABV for the markets that cannot procure the standard 16%. Even still, itís coming across as fairly hot. I thought both Fourteen and Fifteen needed some time to settle and smooth out, and I feel the same way about this yearís version. Perhaps the Jewbelation train has passed me by.
DocLock (7445) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bombers from Craft Ale House, Blue Dog, and State Line. Pours hazy blackish, with some ruby through direct light, and a finger of thick, frothy tan head. Nose is like a mix of Thomas Hardyís and a Trappist Quad, with that figgy fruit, funky yeasty earthy charred malt, and plummy notes. Tastes medium on the palate as far as heft goes, and with a fair amount of heat, with notes of spirits (cognac), plum, prune, charred black malts, hops, and a dry finish. This one waters out a bit late, becoming like a cognac on the rocks.
beersearcher (2268) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 26, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Surprisingly light and frisky for 16%. Pours jet black. Very viscous but not heavy. A bit too sweet when all is told.
BeerSquare (115) - - NOV 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Exactly what youíd expect from a 16% beer with 16 hops and 16 malts-- motor oil. Tasty motor oil.
This stuff is ridicullously thick and ends up tasting more like a stout than anything else to me-- maybe a porter. But itís really mostly your standard choclatey roasty malt flavors.
Good, but canít imagine a situation where itís really what Iíd want to drink. I guess maybe nights like tonite, when I didnít have a big enuff dinner and want to fill up, wnile getting my beer on . . . . makes me crave a hop manna a lil bit. . . .