DocLock (8184) - 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 Hardy’s 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 (2382) - 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 (117) - - NOV 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Exactly what you’d 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 it’s really mostly your standard choclatey roasty malt flavors.
Good, but can’t imagine a situation where it’s really what I’d want to drink. I guess maybe nights like tonite, when I didn’t have a big enuff dinner and want to fill up, wnile getting my beer on . . . . makes me crave a hop manna a lil bit. . . .
Blairgus (2869) - California, USA - NOV 23, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
23 nov 3012, bottle. Dark brown/black. Nose is awesome! Nuts, alcohol, sugary malt, molasses, syrup. Wow. Full body and mildly fizzy, very syrupy. Wow. Just wow! Big alcohol, burnt toast, black coffee, some molasses, faint syrup, fair wood. Wow. Wow.
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mjg74 (2613) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Palm Springs. Pours very dark in color. Looks quite slick and oily. Dark fruity nose. Some fig. Reminds be of a dubbel. Dark and roasty up front. Some roasted coffee along with some sugary sweetness. Full bodied and full flavored. Alcohol is certainly there. Would be a lot better if the alcohol was toned down a little.
Pailhead (5277) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, raisin, plum, light vanilla, roast, and a touch of espresso. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a one inch tan head that quickly fades to a thin film. There is some minimal lacing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate-heavy chocolate, residual sugar, and light raisin. The finish has light-moderate roasted coffee, plum, and light alcohol (not so much burn...but definite flavor). It’s full bodied with mild carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. Overall, I’m basing this rating on a small sample. It’s pretty good at first, but it really wore on me as I tried to drink my half of a bottle. As I stated in my 15th Anniversary rating, it’s really time to put the Hebrew anniversary beers in smaller format bottles.
barn0216 (450) - California, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very sweet aroma, banana, chocolate, vanilla. Very dark brown-black, tan head, dissolves fairly quickly. Syrupy body, coffee, toffee, but still sweet caramel too. Boozy. They were going for a big, intense beer and they got it. Not my favorite thing however.
txs (10) - - NOV 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very very high gravity. Super strong. Pours like molasses. Very malty finish and semi sweet.
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BelgianBeerGal (3280) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled at Scardello tasting. Wow, that’s big but I realize it was a little bit of a gimmick to play on 16. Lot’s of hops, lots of dark malt and lots of dark fruit. Pretty boozey. I have no idea what you would do with a bomber of this other than share it amongst a dozen people. Fine though.
JLLSU (238) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber---> snifter. Pours a dark amber black with a thick light brown head that takes quite some time to shrink with pretty good lacing. Aroma is sweet fig, heavy alcohol, light smoke, and molasses. So much going on with the taste- dark chocolate, coffee, raisins, black pepper, mild hop bitter, oak, bourbon, vanilla, and booze burn. Palate is very thick- almost chewy (which is a good thing to me) with very little carbonation. This drinks more like an impy stout mixed with a roided up barleywine.