drjay44 (3307) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, lasting mocha head, over a clear reddish black (SRM 35) body.....nose is toffee/caramel, chocolate, light coffee....taste is chocolate with toffee/caramel, light coffee, hints of licorice, faint wisps of plum, cinnamon, sweet throughout...mouth feel full, with creamy carbonation, hidden alcohol. This is a well done beer. It is nicely balanced, meets the style quite well, and has good complexity in both aroma and flavor. Lastly, it has a wonderful mouth feel. BJCP 7/3/15/5/7
burg326 (5253) - Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle that poured a very dark brown color wi th aromas of toast, cola, dark chocolate, and some vanilla. Flavor is the same but with a nice blending of the flavors. Wish it was a little thicker, seemed thin for a porter but good overall.
jbuzz (799) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
very smooth and very well blended. no harsh or over powering flavores. very full bodie and creamy soft feel.
Ratman197 (12830) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of licorice, dark chocolate, roastiness, coffee and dark fruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, licorice, dark fruit and light coffee with a smooth lingering roasty finish.
dmac (5298) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bomber from Spirits Toms River. Poured a deep dark blackish brown body with a smaller beige foamy head. Aroma is nice with notes of chocolate, roasted malts, dark toast, mudd, cola, wet dark chocolate cherries, vanilla extract, really inriguing and old school. Body is smoother with a medium mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Flavor of licorice, burnt toast, vanilla extract, dark cherries, nutts, dark chocolate, bad raisins. Interesting stuff.
Ernest (7214) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is black (non-opaque, flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain/nuts, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel), with a note of vanilla.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
This seems like a really bad idea for a line of beers, because you really cannot win no matter how the beer turns out. On the one hand, if a non-brewer were to (supposedly) make something better than the brewers normally do (which appears to be the case here), then it makes the brewers look really inept. Not that it’s likely Dan (a "tax / transportation manager") really brewed this himself, or perhaps even contributed anything more than the comment "guys, why don’t you make a big porter or stout?". On the other hand, if the beer sucks, it proves that the idea of letting non-brewers make a beer was ridiculously misguided (again, assuming they really did stand back and leave a non-brewer to it). I mean, let’s be fair to Dan...brewing beer isn’t something you just do on a whim. It takes some education and/or apprenticeship and lots of practice to do it well. This would almost be like a homebuilder saying "we thought we’d have one of our accountants build your house...ya know, just to see how it goes." Just not a good idea. So, silly marketing aside, the beer itself is actually decent. Pleasant malt character rules the nose, and while it’s pretty simple overall, it is attractive. The mouth experience is clean, nicely textured (creamy), and the alcohol is well-hidden, but ultimately it’s just too sweet to drink very much of...there’s not enough finishing bitterness to keep you going back in for another sip. It’s not fatiguing so much as...well...tiring. I literally got bored of drinking it after about six ounces.
deyholla (9826) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Sugar Maple. Pours near black with a creamy coffee brown head that dissipates to the edges and laces slightly. Aroma is full of roasted malts with a bit of coffee and hints of dark chocolate and smoke. Flavor has a lot of roasted malt but smooths out a bit toward the finish with dark chocolate and a hint of creamy coffee.
propsync (33) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. On the description, the ’touch hoppier’ had me worried a bit. No fear. This is good beer. I didn’t get the hop taste I expected (which was fine by me), the rest of the description is right on. Very smooth and enjoyable. Nice job, Dan.
emacgee (4576) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks ugh smash. Pours a rich inky black with copper edges and one finger of creamy chestnut tan head. Nose is rich and chocolate forward with some coffee and anise/licorice notes. Some fruit skins and acetaldehyde. Rich and chocolatey flavor with a smooth/clean dark grain profile. Light acidity and some cherry skins. Full bodied with a coating mouthfeel and low carbonation.
Lubiere (12575) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep dark porter with a thin dark brown head. In aroma, sweet licorice malt, molasse, sweet chocolate, very nice. In mouth, a nice smooth sweet chocolate, with nutella, light maple, mocha coffee, warming alcohol, sweet smooth. Sweet and smooth. On tap at Istmus Beer and Cheese Fest, Jan 21 2012.