yackery (157) - California, USA - MAR 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 Bomber Bottle. Dirty sandy head of fine and large bubbles dissolves in five minutes to a thin covering with foamy lacing over a bronze body. As the beer warms up to room temp, the lacing and foam appear as cold coffee - gone. So the allure fades. Aroma is floral and herbal hoppy with roast malt with a little grocery produce funk and hints of fruit like banana and those of a trippel. Taste is sweet with mild salt and grows bitter. Finish is medium though mild bitterness lingers longly - almost pharm-like. Body is light except full in the center and a bit puckering on the bitter buds of the tongue. Interesting palate. Overall an OK beer. Firestone doesn’t do much to hold my enthusiasm.
beerbomb (201) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014 bottle - I tend more toward the lighter end of the beer spectrum these days, but for what this is, there seems to be some nicely concentrated nuances - aroma has heavy maltedness, wood, honeycomb, raisin, fig, bread and caramel - flavor has about the same, a tad sweet and flabby, but very forward dark fruit and brown sugar with wood and darker caramel background - nice faintly peat like palate with a twinge of bitterness - pretty decent stuff...
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle -
This rating is for the 2012 Anniversary bottle, but I’m not sure about the subtle differences from 2011, so I’ll put the rating here until otherwise suggested to move it. A malt-forward aroma, with clean notes of chocolate, toffee, light alcohol and just a touch of coffee/roast. Flavor also match the flavor with a strong malt profile...chocolate, caramel, light alcohol, and earthy hops. It kind of blurs the lines of a strong ale and a brown ale. Really tasty, and for $3 a bomber...makes it even better.
slowrunner77 (6160) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"2012 basically the same beer. Probably the cheapest good bomber at 2.99 I’ve ever had. Strong roasted malt and chocolate nose, with some coffee, caramel & hops in the flavor as well. Nicely balanced. Good for a "strong ale" great as a brown."
Sammy (9036) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown. Thick lace. Licorice. A tad of mold in finish. Nice brown but an american strong?
decaturstevo (5260) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light brown pour with off white head and lace. Aroma is light dried fruit and roasted malt. Flavor is light chocolate malt and sweet maltiness a touch o bitter. Medium body with ok carbonation. Ok beer not so special.
RussianDragon (564) - - JUL 30, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bottle is 2014 Vintage. Pours a clear dark brown with maroon hues when backlit, with minimal lacing and edge head. Aroma is dark fruits and sweet malt. Flavor is malt and dark fruits, with prominent and unbalanced forward alcohol in the finish. Sweet bread yeast finish. Thin to medium bodied, best in small amounts.
Huhzubendah (2721) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 30, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The beer is dark mahogany with crimson highlights. Small, soapy tan head. The aroma brings raisins, cookies, sweet malt, dark fruits. Sweet and malty. Dark malts with prominent fruit, finishing with alcohol sweetness. Ripe plums, a hint of cinnamon. A bit much. Lacking elegance and a refined character that would make a nearly 10% abv strong ale appealing after more than a few ounces. Eh...
alexsdad06 (6081) - Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle 2012 vintage. Pours a slightly hazy amber brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have sweeter caramel malts, dark fruits, figs, toasted malts, mild nutty character, some earthy and leafy hoppiness. Solid, especially for the price.
DialSquare (3022) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Trader Joe’s in Tallahassee. Dark brown pour with light brown head. Aroma of dark fruit and malt, brown sugar. Tastes are caramel, coffee, nuts, cocoa. Little tinny metallic vibe. Dark fruit, little earthy. Not bad.
ads135 (3154) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - MAY 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet and musty. Seems like the love child of a dubbel and a brown ale. Burnt with some dark fruit.