ChazMania (640) - Pasadena, California, USA - DEC 1, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. This was disappointing after I have had a few really good Holiday Ales the past few weeks. This has way to much clove and nutmeg spice aroma and flavor. It was one of those "first sip interesting" because it is different, "second sip not so good" and downhill from there.
Delirium (636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours dark amber-orange with a moderate off-white head. Aroma is Christmas spices, sweet malt, and some citrus hops. Flavor is various spices, a bit stronger than in the aroma, with a bit of caramel malt with a hint of roastiness, and finishing with a bit of citrus hops. Main flaws are alcohol is a bit too noticeable when it warms, and finish is quite short. The malt/spice/hops interaction is interesting overall though. Pretty good for the spiced-Christmas-beer style.
J_man (620) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 19, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2012 Found this holiday beer yesterday on 5/18 and had to rescue it. Strong sweet malty aroma with a cotton candy component coming off a clear copper/amber body with a foamy white head. Sweet caramel and toasted malt flavor with a good clove/nutmeg spice component. Itís one of the best balanced additions like this that Iíve had as itís noticeable but not overwhelming or out of balance in any way. Good bitter, earthy hop bite that balances out some of the sweetness in a very good way. Spices, sugar and a little smokiness are left behind. This gets better and better as it warms up so donít drink it too cold. Very well done holiday ale. Itís Christmas in May! **2012** Just had the 2011 version and my notes seem to still apply to this vintage. This is really a delicious holiday ale and Iím surprised it doesnít get higher ratings.
0o9i (436) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Dark honey body, lightly sparkling, with an off-white, yellowish head, and nice lacing. Looks great. Mouth is medium to full with light, foamy carbonation and a lightly dry finish. Aroma of honey, flowers and LOTS A HOPS. Smells like...hops, hop flowers, fruit like a bag of fresh oranges, sweet malts, sugary pollen, honey, floral aroma, and rubbing alcohol. Tastes like...pine, wood, something nectar-like that I couldnít really pinpoint, lightly alcoholic flavor and an astringent apple flavor. There is something like hop oil...or something. Itís unique. Pretty decent.
fiveacestx (419) - Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber - I found this bottle in a Chicago beer store in the summer time. Pours cloudy amber with a small off white head. It has a nice roasted ginger aroma to it and unfortunately that is the best part. Spicy and malty and a thin finish. Could have been much better.
bnoel09 (399) - Elk Grove, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Deep copper color with no real head. Aroma has a variety of spices and is reminiscent of gingerbread. Flavor matches the aroma well with some bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall a nice winter beer.
theOptimator (267) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 18, 2010
1.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Aroma is malty and spicy. Appearance is brownish. Taste is awful. Was told by waitress this is the house amber with "spicy/tangy tea bags" added. I wasnt sure if I should laugh or barf.... until I tried the beer. This beer is a disaster.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - APR 7, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2000. One of the best and most memorable beers Iíve tasted. My favorite at the 2001 GABF. Itís very hoppy and has a nice, but not overwhelming kick to the palate. The balance of hops and malt makes it warm and inviting, but its kick makes it impossible to drink complacently. You notice it, with pleasure, as you sip. I only wish there were a way to get my hands on it out east . . .
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 12, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
aroma starts off as a light smell of spices...a little nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon. first taste is all hops, but not super hoppy like an IPA or DIPA....more like an APA. piney, spicy hops up front, but the after taste and linger is of the spices...but just lightly. as the beer warms, the spices come out more. over solid beer, nothing spectacular...very drinkable.
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 25, 2006
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
It seemed okay at first, spices with a decent hop flavor. But as it warmed up it had me second guessing about cleanliness issues: Cloves that were added or phenols that came from poor sanitation? Astringency or dry? Contaminated or well attenuated? I will try this breweryís beers again on tap someday, but until then I suspect they havenít achieved the cleanliness to be putting their brews in bottles.