anders37 (20831) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ Hamiltons, San Diego, CA. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate aroma with woody hints. Roasted malty woody licorice flavor. Has a roasted malty woody chocolate and licorice finish.
brokensail (14529) - San Leandro, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours nearly black in color with a khaki head. Smells of roasted malt and dark fruit to begin with. Lots of licorice notes and perhaps some vanilla from the oak. A good chocolate and coffee aroma, too. The flavor is more impressive than the nose. Good roast, chocolate, and coffee with a more pronounced vanilla and oak flavor. A little bit of cocoa as well as some toffee sweetness. The body is a bit thin, unfortunately.
bhensonb (13208) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating 10 seals the deal. Bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA. Pours very dark brown/lack with a 3 finger dark tan head. Aroma is chocolate with a hint of anise. Near full bodied. Flavor is chocolate for start, then a dose of anise appears. It seems to have oak astringency, and maybe a little vanilla. With time anise seems to override the chocolate. Amazing stuff.
Ratman197 (12130) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, milk chocolate, vanilla and carmel. Palte was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, oak, dark chocolate, dried fruit, carmel and a hint of bourbon with a smooth dry lingering roasty oak finish.
Scopey (10641) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Monk’s Kettle, SF. It pours opaque black, with a thick tan head. The nose is tangy, coconut, vanilla, smoke, over-ripe pineapple and some meat. The taste is roasted malt, tang, caramel, burnt malt, smoke, liquorice, coffee, charcoal, wood, vanilla, fruit (more dried pineapple) and earth, with a dry finish. Full body and moderate carbonation. Well balanced and flavoursome.
JorisPPattyn (8897) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAY 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dirty yellow-beige head over black beer. Bourbon-barrels, vanilla oak obvious, sweet and lactic, but not sour - lactose? Sharpish alcohol flavour, bitter chocolate, bit smoked, vanilla and the rest of the oakflavours. Sharpish, alcoholburn, pretty viscous and smooth. Too little porter, too much barrel aging, IMO.
marcus (8278) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Ledgers Liquors. Pours black with a nice tan head and atreacle aroma. There is a strong coffee, chocolate and dark molasses flavor. Little carbonation, but lots of oak. Complex and tasty.
bb (7915) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark mahogony beer with a brown head. Vanilla and light bourbon aroma. Vanilla and toffee flavor with earth and light fruitiness. Medium-plus bodied. Vanilla and earth lingers with toffee and very light roastiness.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours with a nearly black body with a lasting tan head and some great lace. Aromas are of sawdust, bourbon (like), oak, dark fruit, chocolate, alcohol, raisins, lots of barrel and brown sugar. Slight acetone note at first blows off quickly. Flavors are of raisin, sandalwood, dark fruit, currants, fudge, chocolate, brown sugar and barrel. Lots of lingering vanillin and coconut. Creamy carbonation, lightly syrupy.
douglas88 (7794) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber thanks to Robert. Pours a pure jet black color with a medium brown head. A slightly sour oaky and rich roasted malt nose, something akin to blackberries. The flavor is superb; rich roast and coffee, more lingering sourness that is rich in line with oak and tannins, lots of metal which often mirrors sourness, lingering black licorice and coffee. Big on the oak with the power to balance it out. Very tasty. In fact, this reminds me a lot of Duck Rabbit’s Baltic Porter, both have sour components. Damn good.