corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber 2009 vintage, # 114/156 courtesy of iceicebaby. Thanks again Sean!
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a half finger light beige head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Minimal spots of lacing.
Nice robust, roasted dark malt aroma with hints of bittersweet dark chocolate, dry coffee/espresso bean and oatmeal but not acrid/burnt smelling at all. Slight lactic creaminess along with a subtle bourbon barrel presence. Sweet bourbon in the nose but not much vanilla or oak. Also, the spice character is very faint and I’m not picking up much cinnamon at all.
Medium bodied but a little thinner than expected with a very odd combination of flavors. Much spicier than the aroma suggests with lots zesty pepper and cinnamon up front. The barrel presence is also stronger than expected with some sweet boozy bourbon and dry, toasted oak/wood flavor. I’m still not picking up any of the smoother vanilla/marshmallow notes. Underneath there is a dry roasted malt presence with a very strong, dry acrid coffee flavor. The coffee has faded a bit, resulting in the beer becoming overly dry and even slightly burnt tasting. The dry bitterness lingers into a long finish. As it warms, the smoother chocolate and oatmeal notes start to show balancing things out a bit.
Overall this beer was pretty weird but still enjoyable. Bourbon, coffee and cinnamon sounds like an unlikely match and it doesn’t really work all that well for my taste. I admire the experimentation but this wasn’t my cup of tea.
jtclockwork (10837) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 104 of 156 shared by Koopa at beerloco’s tasting. Thanks Dennis! Pours brownish almost black. Nose and taste of deep roasted coffee, plum, chocolate malts, caramel, cinnamon and vanilla. Some dark fruit tartness in deep background.
deyholla (8120) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Sean, thanks! Poured dark brown with a brown head that dissipated quickly to the edges. Aroma had notes of coconut, bourbon dar grains and a bit of chocolate, coffee and cinnamon. Flavor was a combination of bourbon, coconut, cinnamon and chocolate. Slightly muddled but still nice.
alexsdad06 (7031) - Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle shared with the group (late summer). Pours dark brown in color with a small beige head. The aroma was roasted malts, chocolate, barrel notes, light coffee, cinnamon and vanilla. I thought that all of the flavors blended nicely together; roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla cinnamon and hints from the barrel. I don’t know that this was better with 8 months on it, but it was still a very nice beer.
Christian (11786) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a lasting tan head. Aroma of coffee, caramel and vanilla. Roasted flavour with coffee and a hint of vanilla, a slightly tart note and a bit of ash in the finish
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle courtesy of alexsdad06.
Pours dark mahogany that looks close to black in the glass but definitely has light showing through the edges. There is a very small beige head that recedes to a thin collar.
The aroma is really unique and extremely nice with lots of cinnamon, vanilla and chocolate. Lots of lightly roasted malts in the background with espresso beans. The barrel is present with some bourbon but not a ton, very subtle.
The taste is a lighter, thinner version of the aroma. There is a quick hit of spicy cinnamon up front with some chocolate and coffee following close behind. The finish stings with bourbon and cinnamon spices. Bigger booze kick than I expected from the aroma.
The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied for the style and a tad watery. This is probably the biggest downside to this one as it needs to be a bit fuller bodied.
The aroma got me pretty excited about this one but the feel was a bit too thin to make this one a great stout. Nonetheless, I like what the cinnamon adds to the stout and the aroma is really excellent.
Dedollewaitor (14647) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Papsø-Grand-Tasting, September 2010. Bottled 12/2 - 2009. Bottle 1/156. Pours black with a small creamy beige head. Nose is hard roasted, coffee and coconut. Medium and smooth. Flavor is coffee, oak, coconut and a bit of fruity tartness.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber, dated 12/02/2009 and consumed in April 2010. The pour yields a dark chestnut to cola brown body with a thin, broken, grayish khaki film on the surface. Minimal, spotty lacing marks the glass. The nose is pretty solid, based in dark, bittersweet cocoa and loaded with raw vanilla bean and a strong helping of cinnamon. There’s a bit of backup coffee roast, but it remains mainly dry and cocoa driven. The flavor isn’t nearly as well positioned. In fact, I’d call it a major disappointment after what is a very nice aroma. Everything seems watered down and dulled. Cocoa is still dry, but isn’t nearly as potent or earthy. Cinnamon seems overly peppery and hot, and coffee notes are stale and weathered. Likewise, the palate is a major letdown. Dull and lifeless, the carbonation is too light, and the consistency is far too thin. There’s just far too much disparity between the nose and the rest of this brew. It clearly hasn’t held up well over the course of 3+ months in the bottle.
Theis (14468) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Black - offwhite head. Coconut, spicy, fruity, burned, oakey, coffee, cocoa, chocolate, vanilla, licorice, high malty, light hoppy. OK.
Tmoney99 (11905) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a clear dark brown color with a minimal frothy brown head that diminished with little lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate, cinamon and alcohol aroma. Heavy sweet toasted malt flavor with a heavy sweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.