Darkover (1511) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Darkest black with a brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Taste of rye malts and hops, medium bitterness, medium body. Finishes with coffee and hop bitterness.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle via trade with fatknitty - Pours a black color with a 3/4 finger thick tan head. Faint spotty lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, cocoa, and rye. Flavor is much of the same. Finish is fairly bitter and dry. Medium to full body. A nice beer. Thanks Joe.
Headbanger (2862) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle 12/3/12 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-44° in Snifter-Pours black with a two finger brown head. Aroma of hops, chocolate, and coffee. Taste of the same with more hops, a little rye, and chocolate. This full bodied brew is well balanced and goes down super easy. This collaboration brew kicks some major ass.
ryecatcher (615) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Pours a thick, oily black with an immense mocha-colored head with mad retention and lacing. Nose is rye and roasted malt and something I can’t quite place my finger on... maybe slight diacetyl? Mouth is medium bodied considering how thick it pours, thinning out on the back end. Mainly roasted chocolate malt and some rye spiciness, Coulda been so much more. The Akron frogmen have certainly got more impressive work in their portfolio.
HonkeyBra (3063) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. This beer pours near black with a small coffee and cream colored head. Aroma of pine and grass hops, lots of dark chocolate notes and rye. Flavor is rich, lots of dark chocolate and rye notes. Some secondary hoppiness focusing on pine and grass hops which touches of herbal notes. Full bodied, with a creamy texture. Nice, delicious.
allfreej (549) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is really hoppy up front, grassy hops overshadowing everything else that is going on. After a few sniffs, some rye bread aroma comes through.
Appearance is opaque dark brown, with a deep tan head. Very nice lacing.
Flavor is chocolate, rye, hops (grassy). The chocolate reminds me of those bitter baker’s chocolate bars my mom used to use for baking.
Mouthfeel is medium. Nicely carbonated.
Very enjoyable. There’s a lot going on here that is interesting and tasty, but it doesn’t come across as an Imperial Stout.
Nephilium (1250) - Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice spicy rye notes, with just a touch of roast behind it. Pours an opaque black with a full light brown head. The flavor is very rye heavy, with a bitter hop finish. The roasted notes just come back at the very end of the finish. Slightly thin mouthfeel, but a very long lingering finish. Quite a tasty beer if you like rye and hops.
umich03jm (1500) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle into snifter. Pours a dark black color with a thin beige head that quickly fades. Good lacing on the glass. Aroma is an unusual mix of chocolate, rye bread, light fruit, grassy hops, and coffee. Taste is fruit and rye bread at first but quickly turns to chocolate and roasted coffee. The fruit flavor is different than I’m used to, I think it might be plums or something. Moderately bitter. Very dry finish and slightly tart, leaves a lingering cocoa taste. A bit thin in the mouthfeel but silky smooth. Very odd beer and not sure how to rate it. The flavor is good and very unique but I don’t like the dry, tart finish. Overall, I think it’s good but not great.
b3shine (4215) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber to snifter. Looks good; an opaque with sticky tan lacing. Smells solid; malty and hoppy. Tastes like it smells with notes of chocolate. Good on the palate too. Nice.
bluejacket74 (1183) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a dark brown/black color with about an inch frothy tan head that stayed around for a while. There’s also a lot of lacing. Aroma is very nice, it smells like roasted malt, milk and bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruit and earthy hops. The dark fruit comes out more in the taste, along with roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, burnt/charred malt and some earthy hops. Mouthfeel/body is full, it’s creamy and a bit coating with moderate carbonation. Not as hoppy as I expected, considering the label says this is a hoppy stout. But I think this is a pretty good brew overall. Hopefully this will be made again in the future, I know I’d buy it again. $8.99 a bomber.