Ernest (5882) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is medium to dark brownish-amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, apricot), lightly yeasty (dough), with a note of cotton candy.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter.
Medium body, velvety/oily texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Pretty ordinary...big wallop of raw/green hop aroma, but other than that itís not particularly compelling or rich. Surprisingly light bodied for the ABV, and a rather weird, slick texture too.
jrob21 (2170) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a dark copper color with an offwhite head that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves a look of some propagating yeast on the top of the drink. Interesting. The aroma is alcoholic upfront with some bitter hoppiness dancing in the background and a caramel sweetness. Flavor falls a little short unfortunately. Fruity at first, then some caramel malt, followed by a faint bitterness. To finish it all off is a burnt malt and rubbing alcohol experience. It leaves a pretty off putting taste in your mouth. Guess I should just chug it and get it over with.
Ratman197 (8479) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear dark amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, apple, orange, light grapefruit and light pine. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of carmel, pink grapefruit, orange, earthiness and light pine with a smooth dry lingering moderatly bitter citrus finish.
Gachupines (745) - USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber, almost ruby red with an off white head. Aroma is mostly hops. Flavor is very hoppy with a fairly sweet finish. Malt is present, but overpowered by the hops. Overall a good strong beer, though a bit overbalanced. Hops are a little overpowering, but itís the sweet, alcohol finish that might prove a bit much.
bhensonb (9823) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Bottle Trek. Dark copper color with a multifinger beige/tan head. Aromas of piney hop and darkish caramel. Medium plus body with creamy, frothy carbonation. Flavor is caramel with resin. Flavors are strong. Very well balanced. Finishes dryish. Very good drink.
rajendra82 (911) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky brown (Dubbel like) appearance was not all that attractive, but the head atop was beige, two finger thick and decent looking. The aroma was a lot hopper than I was expecting, as the smell of resinous hops was unmistakable. The taste matched the smell with drying bitter hop taste evident up front. Backing this up were raisin like malts that was not too sweet. The body was soft and viscous and finish very dry and chalky. A nice strong ale I would love revisiting.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one surprised me, in a good way. Poured deep ruby-red with lofty and lasting head that left behind sticky, foamy lace. Mouthfeel was full, creamy and smooth. Rich malt flavors were full of dark toast, nuts, and woodsy molasses. Hops were zingy and electric, with snappy twinges of pine, grass, weeds and orange peel. Healthy amount of bitterness balanced well with the sweetness. Surprisingly good beer.
SudsMcDuff (5322) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours with a huge cream head.. . pours a dark brown colour .. . fantastic lacing.. . seashell with molasses hops and burnt match in maple Aromas .. . Pretty smooth, abv seems on the ball, some slight heat but you canít feel it,.. . his name is james.. . I love the label.. . Nancy Grace is a looney tune!... A pretty aggressive brew, and quite easy to drink, nice work by Lakefront... .
DTM (747) - Winters, California, USA - MAY 8, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Bottle Trek via an internet order. Poured a dark amber color. Spicy hoppy flavor with a malty backbone. Just didnít sit right on the palate for me. Unbalanced. Average brew!!
wxman (1273) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a somewhat hazy dark amber/ruby color. Big thick long-lasting off-white head. Very spicy grapefruit and sweet malt aroma. Well balanced sweet roasted malt, caramel, butter and citrus flavor. Big hop bitterness without being a distraction. Alcohol warmth expresses itself after the swallow, but once again, not over done. A top notch strong ale!