Travlr (15853) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Deep amber color. Aroma of caramel, pepper. Taste is caramel and light spice. Decent.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Pours dark cola brown with a tan head. Nose is smoke, malt, band-aid, and more malt. Smoky, somewhat dry, and malty. Earthy beer with a medium body. Not my favorite, but not my favorite style.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
03-May-10 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 30-Dec-09 for $5.80 at liquidsolutions.net)
This beer is very caramely with fairly strong notes of dark chocolate, nuts, and a grassy hop bite with lingering, medium bitterness. Even though the beer is decidedly malty, the resiny, hop bitterness is a bit harsh compared to the smooth, rich maltiness. Medium in body and somewhat dry in the finish, but the carbonation is a bit on the prickly side. Plenty of chocolaty malts in the nose, with some piney and grassy hop aromas much further in the background. The beer pours over an inch of off-white head capping the very hazy, amber brown body. Retention is solid, as the head settles slowly to a thin layer and wide ring while leaving plenty of dense, patchy lacing on the glass. I should like this beer, but for whatever reason, it just hasn’t been as satisfying as I expected. It’s quite good, just not great.
anderson01 (235) - Idaho, USA - MAR 5, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very dark red almost black in color. Thick, frothy head that appears to be tan in color. Spiderweb like lacing. Aroma consist of apple pie, spice, and a hint of raisin and banana. Bitter/sweet taste. Thin texture with a soft carbonation. Has a long drawn out finish. I have tried many different types of winter beers and this is one of my least favorite.
after4ever (6686) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours a cloudy dark brown with a dense and creamy tan head that sticks around for a while, though not forever. Nice toasty, caramelly nose. Creamy medium body that goes a bit watery in spots, nice lively carb. Toast, nuts, and caramel like crazy on the mid-palate. A tour de force of classic american ale malts, except with a light and somewhat watery lager yeast and not much hop contrast. That sounds like way more of a knock than it is--in fact, this beer is creative, and skillfully done. The contrast between what usually accompanies the flavors and the company they’re keeping here, that can be a little jarring, but once you settle into this beer and take it at its intended face value, it’s actually a nice holiday treat. Plus, I got a bomber of it at a Rite-Aid in the middle of BFE. That makes it a life-saver.
ThaJuggernaut (309) - Washington, USA - FEB 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
great seasonal beer. super dark.. keeps you nice and warm in the winter time :)
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the SLC Holiday Tasting. Deep brown pour with a foamy head. Aroma of caramel, light nutiness, fruit and some floral hops. Flavor is sweet caramel and fruit with a bit of hop and spice on the finish. Nice warming alcohol presence. Not bad.
dchmela (2822) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber bottle. Deep brown pour with a thin off white head. Taste is grainy, toffee and toasted malt. Aroma is dusty, toffee malt with just a touch of candy sweetness coming through as it warms. I expected a little more, but overall decent.
poisoneddwarf (1951) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured into Sam Adams lager glass. SLAYER! What a bitchin name for a beer. Pours a hazy orange with a thick off-white head that sticks around for a nice long time. Leaves some rockin lacing. Aroma is herbal, citrus powder drink. Taste is lightly sweet with some bitterness coming up in the finish. Has a grassy and intensely nutty character. Very smooth; the alcohol is well-hidden. Has medium carbonation and body with a creamy mouthfeel. Nice beer.
bnoel09 (474) - Elk Grove, California, USA - JAN 11, 2011
2.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Poured into a pint glass. Dark cola brown color with a moderate cream colored head that fades into just a thin layer of foam. Aroma is roasted coffee with chocolate and malty notes. This beer smells delicious! Flavor is bitter black coffee. I’m sure there is more going on here, but I’m somewhat overwhelmed by the bitter flavor and can’t seem to pick out anything else. Mouthfeel is a little on the fizzy side. Overall this just wasn’t quite my style. It smelled great but the flavor didn’t live up to the same standard. The bitterness just seemed to overwhelm and block out any other flavors. Other reviews seem more favorable, so I may try this again in the future and hope for a better outcome...