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RATINGS: 1699   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 29   EST. CALORIES: 278   ABV: 9.26%
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Our Original Stout, brewed with real Hardcore Coffee from Sebastopol. 29.5 IBU 1.076 OG

2007, 8.3% ABV
2008, 8.29% ABV
2009, 9.26% ABV
2010, 8.8% ABV


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidflores99 (225) - Lakewood, California, USA - AUG 17, 2007
Poured dark with little head. Strong coffee, malty aroma. Flavor was pretty strong, a little bitter with a strong coffee finish. I enjoyed this one and would like to get some again.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (5539) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Bomber opened on 6/22/07 and finished on 6/23/07
Lagunitas is pretty impressive with their carbonation for it being forced carbonation in a filtered beer. Extremely large, cappucino colored head cascades in to a dark caramel folded in to ebony body. Medium to medium-high clarity with strong retention and light lacing.
Sticky chocolate and coffee layered atop vanilla and dry, green, juicy hoppiness. Bitter and with definite resinous notes, but for some reason I dont think it goes too far, nor does it contrast too heavily with the dark malts. Probably because thereís a good deal of sticky caramel; much more than in usual stouts. The coffee is actually quite tasteefully done and leaves room for the malts. Daresay itís got a soothing, almost silky texture. Sweetness, for a Lagunitas beer, is particularly under control and in a total sense probably medium sweet. Low carbonation as well. Molasses dots the flavor profile throughout, with sweet vanilla and chocolate. Scorched coffee on the finish somewhat detracts, but itís minimal. One of the better beers from Lagunitas, IMHO. Alcohol very well-concealed.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (6078) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2007
Nose is malty and full of dark coffee with some detectable hops as well. Lagunitas beers have a signature smell to me. Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Nice coffee flavor. Dry and roasty with a small amount of detectable pine hops and some alcohol. Not very bubbly, but more so smooth. Not as heavy in body as alot of stouts. Nice and drinkable with a pleasant warming effect. This would make an awesome winter warmer.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (5548) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2007
Rating 2900. This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized light brown colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a opaque no visible carbonation dark brown colored body. The nice aroma was malty and coffee. semi-flat smooth . The nice flavor contained notes of malt dark malt brown malt and coffee. Delicious and one I would certainly buy again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - JUL 20, 2007
draft @ BSP some months ago. Somewhat underwhelming, I remember. Coffee character seemed to come through more as bitterness than chocolate, like terrapin wake and bake. a lack of sweetness made it unique, but somewhat unenjoyable for this style of beer. Of course it was jet black, brown head, etc, etc...

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2007
Pours out a clear dark brown color wish a creamy head. Aroma is of coffee and chocolate with some malt. The flavor is not too sweet and a little more bitter than expected. Beer is more carbonated than needed. Overall, the beer is above average and one thatís very drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 11, 2007
Thick pour. Small head. Low carbonation. Great complex malliard aroma, roasty, tannin, sweet. Good complexity with low hop bitterness. Subtle coffee flavors, not over the top at all. Nice higher alcohol hidden well by all of the malt flavors.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4838) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Limited Release bottle. Medium sized tan head that was mostly lasting, limited amount of lacing, transparent, black hue, and visible carbonation. Nose was malty, roasty, chocolate, coffee, and hoppy. Ditto for the flavor, ABV was fairly well hidden and a dry finish. Smooth, dry mouthfeel. Medium body. Nicely done, tasty and worthy of a try.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3204) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2007
Bottle sampled. Pours black in color with a nice 2 finger tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. Taste just like it smells, full of deep coffee and chocolate flavors with a clean a smooth finish. A very good stout.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2007
Itís black, itís opaque and has a long holding creamy, off-white head. The coffee part of it is done just right. My first reaction was: sweet and a little thin. Subsequent swallows made me a fan, mouth-coating with a mellow aftertaste. I thought the hops were well balanced and was surprised to see the IBUís came in at only 29.5. It was smooth enough to be a session beer, but the 7.99% ABV short circuited that plan. Fortuneately (?) the bomber bottle satiated me. Iíll be back for seconds on another day.


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