Ibrew2or3 (7997) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber pours nice and dark with a decent looking half and inch tall mocha head of foam. The aroma offers up a pleasing load of chocolate and rich dark roasted coffee notes, wow! Smells fantastic. The taste is smooth chocolate rolling into rich yummy near oily dark roasted coffee. Toward the finish it moves back to more and more chocolate goodness to help close out the experience. Wow, good stuff.
Cybercat (4855) - Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong, smoky aroma announces loud and clear "This is a damn good stout!" It has notes of quality coffee, chocolate, licorice and roast malt. This beer pours a rich coffee-sable just a snip or two above midnight black with a fairly persistent tan head that leaves some good lacing. Mouth-filling flavor floods the palate with rich coffee, semi-sweet chocolate and roast-to-the-point-of-charcoal malt notes, as well as licorice, caramel, earthy and nutty hints. Downright lip-smacking! Velvety smooth texture has good fizz and thickness, and leaves a satisfying and smoky finish, as if you’ve been chewing on a slightly burnt high-quality coffee bean. Wrap your lips around this one!
berrya785 (441) - Kansas, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber poured into a snifter. Pours black with a nice two-finger brown head. Aroma is coffee and chocolate. Taste is dark chocolate, a good amount of coffee, some malt, and light hops. A nice balanced flavor.
3fourths (9015) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. deep brown body, small light brown head. heavily sweet chocolate syrup, roast and muted coffee in the nose with lighter touches of black patent soy / char. syrupy, thick, goopy AND flabby, but mostly smooth and creamy, unlike most high gravity products from New Belgium.
Syzzer (632) - Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The body is a bit too light, not much aroma. There is a good coffee flavor which boosts the ratings- but bitter finish. 7.9BD 7.5 Rod- I don’t like coffee, but I like the coffee flavor in this.
solidfunk (7007) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells steadily of coffee. Pours black, good lacing. Medium to low carbonation, finishes light bitter. Don’t detect the chocolate very well, but still here. Bottle from Champane’s.
Sammy (10764) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Expectations were high, unrealistically, on this LOF series beer owing to the high score. Big coffee, cold coffee taste, with a little chocolate in the aftertaste. Aroma only coffee. Thanks Josh.
markwise (5096) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber courtesy of adnielsen. Cheers, Aaron! Pours a stout brown with a tan head. Nose is big coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate, and cocoa. Flavor is similar- big coffee, some roast, some chocolate, and some mild earth with coffee bitterness. Medium in body and a nice coffee stout overall.
bwa5879 (879) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from marthas vinyard, grand rapids mi. Deep brown to black pour with brown hue. 2" head the color of cola. Moderate lacing. Chocolate and sour malt smell with noble hops as well. Medium body with creamy mouth feel, low carbonation. Sour malt/noble hop taste initially, the. Bitter strong coffee and cocoa, perhaps some citrus hop flavor as well. Finish is pretty clean, bitter and dry. Good but pretty average.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. This is the kind of thing I usually fall for more or less uncritically, given my jones for the bean and bitter. But despite the generally favorable track record in this series, I found this one to be a real disappointment. Healthy bodied, looks robust enough. Faded nose was the first giveaway, with muted artificial choc/coffee notes. Mouthfeel was weak, thin, and the taste was overall papery and disappointing. Two-day old Texaco coffee, some of those shitty little baking choc chips, and an indistinct base stout. Bleh.