ACHops (737) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from TJís. Pretty sure this is an exclusive. Pours an inky deep watery brown with thick lacey cream colored head. Aroma is figs, molasses, and a hint of floral spice notes. Taste is rich dark roasty malts, brown sugar, nice bitter piney hops, and some figs and raisins on the finish. Lots of complex flavors that donít quite come together perfectly. Not flawless, but at $3 a bottle, this is an absurd bargain.
GG (2323) - 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 Iím not sure about the subtle differences from 2011, so Iíll 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 (6031) - 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 Iíve 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 (8850) - 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 (5198) - 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 (506) - - 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 (2637) - 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 (5825) - 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 (2856) - 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 Joeís 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 (3071) - 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.
jaymobrown (1686) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not too bad considering. It is definitely a bit of a brown ale with some roasty notes, and hops.