AirForceHops (2343) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 11, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz. bottle. Deep brown with ruby highlights when held up to a bright light. Nose is chocolate, barley and yeast. Flavor is all over the place for me. Lager yeast, roasted barley, notes of chocolate and an almost ash flavor. Thin watery body with low carbonation. Nobody on the East Coast can really claim too much about the California Common style however, I never heard of or tasted a “black” example. For me this is just a very odd brew.
Jow (1663) - New York, USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Maybe it’s the fact I had one of tastiest meals of my life earlier or the taste of possible world series championship is in my mouth but I’m getting almost nothing from this brew. Nose if very light dark fruits and hops. Tastes of hops bitters, black currants, plums, and some middle eastern spice perhaps but mostly lightly flavored water. Crisp and hides alcohol but this bomber is going down like water.
puboflyons (1667) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 650 ml. bottle. The pour is dark brown-amber with a silky beige head and a slight haze. Chocolate! That’s what I get immediately on the nose followed by am little raisin, a little black currant, and some burnt malts. The body is medium but it has an acidic feel to it too. The taste has an immediate rush of chocolate followed quickly by an assertive hop bitterness that is neither floral nor earthy but clearly there.
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - SEP 10, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
next in this series of gansett trying to get fancy on us. Never seen a black steam beer before. Murky black brown color with decent head that faded a little fast. Aroma is very light milk chocolate and malt. Taste is little brable berry with grain. Has that real california common body and after taste. Think maybe making this imperial was mistake, would have prefered to see it as a regular abv. Still a good beer to take me into cooler weather.
thornecb (3964) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 9, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour dark mahogany into a shaker. Off-white head quickly recedes to nothing. Sweet treacle, pit fruit and molasses front to back.
BroSpud (1513) - , Massachusetts, USA - AUG 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Pours black with a tan head and minimal lacing. Sweet malty aroma with flavors of dark fruits and chocolate. Interesting beer and easy to drink. Not very complex but a nice clean taste that wasn’t too sweet. Not bad.
auerbrau (3077) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured at the Summer RI Brewfest. Strong caramel and fig aroma, loaded with browned, sweet fruits. Flavor is much more simple, with a strong toasted caramel sweetness. Very sweet, very hot and rather straightforward. Lacking a lot of palate complexity and with so much sugar and alcohol presence, I can’t imagine wanting to work through a bomber of this.