randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 19, 2011
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bomber.Pours a thick jet black with a brown thick head.Nose is sweet smelling chocolate,pine hops and toasted malts.Taste is bitter hops,sugary sweet malts,chocolate,smoke and coffee.This is no doubt one of the greatest RIS’s all time.Just a true classic!Glad I bought 2!!
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a very thin tan head. Smells of roasted malt, dark fruit, light spice, boozy. Tastes of roasted bitter malt, licorice, some bitter elements.
mixmasterob (970) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Black pour with a gorgeous dark brown head. Aroma was full of big roasted malts, coffee bean and bitter dark cocoa. Flavors were big, huge, full of roast, coffee and cocoa. Aroma incarnate. Espresso like bitterness. Huge silky smooth, full mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Big, roasty, bitter and super smooth. Great stout.
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - FEB 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a pitch black beer with a weak chocolate head. The aroma is malt, licorice, sweetness, roasted and ash. The flavor is close to the nose with some additional wood and alcohol. The palate is sweetness. Overall a really good beer.
SirLimpsalot (2668) - SWEDEN - FEB 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nästan lika fantastisk som brorsan, BORIS.
Fantastisk fyllig vätska, enorma rostade kaffetoner, choklad och lakrits.
b33r (718) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color with light brown ring of a head and light oily lacing. Aroma is weak, very light roastiness. Thick mouthfeel with robust full-bodied roasted flavor with rich malts and slight cocoa flavor. Smooth creamy sweetness with a slight alcohol presence... very hidden for 10%. Pretty good overall, but Hoppin Frog still overcharges for their bombers quite a bit. Bad wheat beers should not be $7/22oz and average stouts should not be $10/22oz. One taste and i’m done, not overpaying for average beer anymore.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2011 This thing is dark..oil. damn. Cold coffee and watery chocolate is what I smell. Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted grain. Straight forward. Med body, and slick. I was really hoping for more. I don’t know why this did not do more for me, but while it was quite drinkable and there was nothing wrong with it, I was not blown away.
mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - FEB 8, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The first thing that stands out is the color. Black as tar and exceptionally thick with the darkest brown head I have ever seen. Smells of wood and alcohol. The taste starts with hops and bittersweet chocolate, a wallop of hop bitterness, hint of sweet, then a burnt finish. It’s past roasted into burnt, and normally that wouldn’t work, but it really does. A bit of alcohol late in the finish. A lot of RISs I have had feature some sweet currant flavors rather prominently, but this doesn’t. The most surprising taste really is the burnt finish, but I’m digging it.
peteinSD (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thank you Chris! Darkest brown expresso color in a healthy, thick head. Aroma is pure, concentrated and roasted oat with light, underlying chocolate, and a touch of bitter hops. Smooth and clean feel in the mouth. Taste is ripped roasted malt/oats, a mixture of smooth chocolates (some bitter and some smooth almost vanilla-like), subtle but noticeable raisin/alcohol notes, and a dominant, middle-grade, bitter hop presence through the finish. The raisin/booze notes come out a bit more as it warms but do not take away too much from the dominate roasted malt/oat character. Solid imperial for sure.
craftbeerdesign (2249) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #1300. bottle. pours a pitch thick black with a 1 finger tan head. rich chocolate nose with oatmeal, roasted malts and licorice. thick chewy body with chocolate, coffee, a touch of vanilla, dark fruits and big roasted sweet malts. DORIS is a meal in itself. bitter finish with some warmth from the alcohol. The dark fruits come forward throughout the finish with more rich chocolate notes lingering.