portableparty (1908) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter. Pours amber with a soapy white head that fades to collar. Taste is fruity yeast and bitter with some sour as well with the alcohol in the end. Palate is medium and slick with a dry warm finish. Not what I was expecting but quite interesting.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - AUG 10, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was the Grand Cru version. 500ml corked and caged bottle served in a Blvd. Tank 7 tulip. Poured a pale gold with a couple of fingers of white head. Interesting aroma, the bourbon is subtle also some fruit. Lots of carbonation. Medium bodied. A little hot. More fruit, some Belgian spice. Oak and bourbon come through a little more in the finish. I really liked this, the barrel was not overpowering and very integrated. Very easy drinking for the abv. Thereís a lot going on here.
bhensonb (10197) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber as Grand Cru from Bottle Barn. 500 ml c&c. Tough cork. Pours a light amber gold with a frothy/fizzy whie head. Aromas of fruit and mild oak. Med + body. Flavor is fruity, a little sweet, a little earthy, very mildly oaky. Usually I donít appreciate agave, but here it seems under control. The oak steps out more strongly with time. If Iíd had to guess Iíd put this down as Belgian, but apparently Iím just imagining a little yeast spice. Itís finishing mildly sweet, but rather clean, and mildly oaky, and quite tasty.
trevor211 (1297) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Brouwerís, billed as "Grand Cru." Pours a bold, cloudy orange-amber, with a small head. Nice nose -- caramel, citrus, and sweet scotch. Phew! Powerful flavor -- and some alcohol burn, to boot -- booze keeps this one clean, otherwise itís pretty thick and syrupy. Slightly overripe tropical fruit, and caramel -- Iím not really getting the agave. Good stuff, but itís just so damn hot...
Strykzone (4386) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
16.9 oz. corked and caged bottle. Clear honey gold with only a little carbonation visible. A two finger off white head doesnít last long. The aroma is funky and a bit sour with grain and fruit. Alcohol is the first thing tasted and it is felt on the way down. There is also some grain, fruit, and malt tasted. There is a lot of sweetness. Something different is tasted and perhaps that is agave nectar as per the commercial description. I usually like a Grand Cru but this one doesnít work for me.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - JUL 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
decent little diddy here. very hot all around, even after two years. light golden pour with some white head, more than expected, but still sparse. the flavor is lots of heat, tons of hot sweetness and sugar from the agave and barrles, a tad bit of sweet malty base in the finish. this seema almost liek a mead, maynbe like 5 more years and this might smooth out. tastes nice, but damn its hot. yum.
JohnnyJ (4041) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright, clear, golden pour, slight orange tinge, from a bottle I purchased from the brewery, enjoyed today. Small creamy off-white head. Caramel soaked bread, agave nectar, spicy, sweetness, alcohol burn in the finish. Very pungent, heavy sweetness, and warming alcohol. Enjoyable in small quantities.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Somebody shared this at a huge tasting. I would remember who if it hadnít been utter pandemonium. Clear golden-reddish in color with a small off-white head. Aroma has light fruits, sweet malts with agave and sugar notes, and oak barrel. The flavor has candied light fruits, booze, agave, oak, nuttiness, and vanilla. Pretty tasty if a bit on the sweet side. Medium-full bodied and not too boozy considering what a heavy-hitter this bad boy is. Overall, hey, itís no 5-year-aged BA Old Stock, but itíll do in a pinch (or a tick).
skoisirius (1440) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 6, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ahhh, wish I could remember this one a bit better, what I do remember though is that this had an incredible fruit filled flavor running along side a very well made brown. Sugar hints of agave run through the palate through the whole beer, with mild tropical fruit flavors, brown sugar, and a touch of an oaky finish. Dominated by the agave, I definitely dug how this turned out - DRINK WARM!
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to Lunch for the pleasure of trying this one. Even better was watching Paul drink this from the official goblet. Glassware aficionado, he is. Mine served in a plain snifter. Quite shameful.
Pours a moderate golden color with a quarter-finger head that falls quickly without really leaving much of anything behind. The nose brings forward a peanut character. Reminds me a bit of peanut brittle, or the solid portion of separated peanut butter. A bit of fruit there as well and some mild booze.
The flavor is much the same. Some peanut character as well as grainy sweetness. Thereís a bit of alcohol in there as well. A bit of very milk vanilla character makes its way in toward the end. Mouthfeel is medium with pretty good carbonation. Not a bad beer, but I generally expect quite a bit more from North Coast. Glad to have been able to try this. Thanks again, Paui.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-19-2010