MartinT (8024) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2011 My Bottom Line:
Through this silky Stout’s healthy malt metabolism pulses chocolate, coffee and vanilla, a perfectly amenable and attractive blend that almost rendered this dessert lover lustful.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam tops the brown-tinged black.
-I have to admit the flavor profile was pretty sweet for what is billed as a "Dry Stout".
-Subtle roastiness in the finish dries out most of the dextrins.
-The aroma is very seductive, and the flavor profile delivers what was promised.
-There were no notes of sourness that some here have mentioned.
-This is very drinkable; a bomber can go down in no time.
uhclem (371) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful pour and great nose. taste is quite watery with a weak mouthfeel. Finish is metallic.
Ughsmash (7175) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Poured deep brown with a short, creamier cap of tan head. The aroma picked up lots of wonderful dry-roasted chocolate and toasty barley with just a little grass and piney hoppage giving a brighter impression at the edges.. well-presented! The flavor opened with cake-like sweeter chocolates that rolled across the middle.. darker anise-inspired malts joined at the core as well as a smooth, rolled oat-like sweetness.. finished with dry chocolates and a touch of coffee & pine bitterness. Medium-bodied and dry as advertised on the palate with low, but complimentary bitterness.. carbonation was higher, and that worked too. Nice one.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
almost black in color with a tan head- good retention. Aroma: Roasted malt, light coffee and dry chocolate, with a hint of earthy hops. Taste is roasty, with some dry chocolate and moderately sour for the style. Body is light to medium, and the finish is dry with some light lingering tart grain. This is a pretty decent dry stout- was a bit suprised by the accentuated sour character.
Ratman197 (10092) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear dark brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of coffee, bitter chocolate, light vanilla and light fruittiness. Palate was light bodied and smooth with a lightly dry finish. Flavors of coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malt and a hint of vanilla with a smooth dry roasty finish.
Earlier Rating: 6/14/2007 Total Score: 3.7
On tap @ Moylans poured a translucent dark brown with a large lasting creamy tan head. Aromas of milk chocolate, mocha and vanilla. Palate was light bodied, smooth, creamy and slightly dry. Flavors of coffee, coca and light vanilla with a smooth dry bittersweet finish.
alexanderj (3331) - Branson, Missouri, USA - SEP 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle; dark brown/black in color with a really nice brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and caramel. Very easy to drink, but also pretty flavor. Good roasted malt in the finish. Coffee and cocoa. Hint of earth and chalk. Good stuff.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted 8/23/08. 22oz bomber. Dark brown with an opaque hue. Two fingers of beige head. Heady aromas of chocolate and cookies. Medium bodied with a nice roll of bitter chocolate and smooth malty body. Slight mellowing acidity and mild effervescence. Subtle fruity esters and yet a little thin on the body. Touch cola, bitter chocolate and raisins. Slight vanilla character adds to the mild malt character. Mossy, earthy hops and a touch burnt. Toast, dry finish. Well crafted and tasty!
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 9, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Almost black pour, tanish head. Roasted coffee and malt nose. Roasted/burnt malt, espresso like flavors with a little bitterness. As it warmed just slight hints of cocoa. Rather dry, somewhat chalky finish. A dry stout, I think this is how it’s supposed to be. To make it simple, I thought this was an better version of Guiness. Excellent drinking beer.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Brown colored beer. A light hint of espresso, roast and dried dark chocolate are present in the very light nose. Flavor is lacking depth. While it does have some nice elements (like a lingering finish,) it’s very timid in the front and mid-palate and lacks richness. Had high hopes for this one, but it failed me.
Ernest (6318) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, coffee, cocoa), lightly hoppy (resin), with a hint of vanilla.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
A surprisingly sour rendition. Kind of light and watery. Acceptable, but not very enjoyable.