nearbeer (4224) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 10, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber shared by tronraner. Opaque black with a lasting head. Aroma of coffee, oats, chocolate, caramel, berry and cookie dough. Flavors of coffee, caramel, cocoa and char. Heavy body is smooth and roasty-dry.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
nearbeer’s Spring Cleansin’. Sample from a bottle thanks to tronraner. Finger of dark tan head, nice lacing. Chocolate, big roasty malt aroma. Taste is burnt malt, chocolate, with a light soy sauce and alcohol finish.
cstuartj (1019) - Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black, dark than head that laces well. Nose is deep and dark, lots of coffee and burnt oats. Good full taste attack to finish. very nice stout.
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Vintage 2008] Tap @ Barleywine and Big Beer Fest... Poured black with a thin head. A lot of coffee and mocha flavors as it finished with a malt and dry hop bitterness.
Skyview (5310) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up a single 22-oz bomber from liquid solutions in Oregon. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a thin tan head that slowly dissipates to a fine film and no ring. Aroma of dark molasses, rum, a hint of raisins, dark chocolate, vanilla and even a touch of licorice. Taste is full bodied, with flavors of dark chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, and a hint of pine. Finish has a slight metallic texture with some black licorice and dark chocolate aftertaste. Some alcohol warmth comes out after the finish.
badgerben (4629) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2009
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Courtesy of Skyview. Black color with a large head. Nice aroma of roasted malts, wintergreen and a bit of chocolate. Not a kosher taste... asphalt, hair gel, green pepper and charcoal. Reminded more than one of us of Footbalm’s Mikkeller Black rating.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a nice jet black with a mammoth frothy deep tan head. Nose is black licorice and some light bourbon. Taste is strong with whiskey/alcohol. Some decent malt flavors with small hop hints. A decent brew.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by goldtwins. Deep black beer. Creamy dark brown head. A lot of big licorice aroma as well. Tons of soft cocoa and a bit of rich salty aroma as well. There is a little bit of sourness underneath a strong espresso roasty component. Finishes quite dry and roasty with a hint of tartness as well. Lightly tarry and ashy on the finish.
PilsnerPeter (3030) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by goldtwins: (Thanks Larry!) Pours near opaque with a deep khaki head. Lightly tarry aroma with some chocolaty malt character, Slick and warming body. Some odd phenols- a touch of plastic upfront salty, tar, roast and chocolate are all evident. The finish is heavily roasted and bitter (both roasted & hop bitterness). Solid, but a bit simple/typical.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured black for the most part with a beige head and brown oily legs. Sweet roasted malt aroma with dry cocoa and some fruitiness. Dry cocoa flavor with a big sweet roasted malt. Dry finish. Medium bodied and warming.