douglas88 (6246) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Orenco Taphouse. Pours a clear dark brown color with a medium tan head. A light chocolate nose, some caramel and light spices. A nice mix of fruity hop bitterness, dry chocolate and sweet caramel malts. This is a solid brew.
Ernest (6307) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel, toasted nuts), lightly hoppy (apricot, grapefruit), with a light note of diacetyl.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Pleasant if somewhat simple malty nose. Decent enough balance, maybe a little sharply bitter at the very end. Forgettable but reasonably solid.
Ratman197 (10074) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of cocoa, carmel, nuttiness, earthiness and light coffee. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, cocoa, coffee, nuttiness and light earthiness with a smooth lingering carmel finish.
pdx77 (1417) - Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at Oswego Grill. Dark maltiness paired with a not too bitter hop presence.
BK7 (744) - Turner, Oregon, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Roasted malts, chocolate, grapefruit, nuts and spice. Starts off bitter and finishes with an even stronger bitterness that stays with you. A bit unbalanced but overall pretty tasty.
Tonkun (898) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Copper pour with a lot of head. Malt, lightly roasted coffee, spice and flower. Very nice and easy to approach.
robforbes (2074) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours a clear dark brown with a red tint with, a very small dirty white head, and good lacing.
smell is of some spice, malt, and a few hops.
taste is creamy, spice, pepper, malt, a bit roasty, and hops in the back. ends sticky.
ineptbeerman (3) - Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2011 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice dark amber color, no head, nice nose. Very nice strong ESB, bitterness lingers on the tounge. Very solid beer.
22415brewery (377) - redmond, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
If there was an ESSB style then this would be it. Stronger than a normal ESB and on the lower end of the strong ales, this is a great example of a gap-bridger. Nutty notes in the malt and adequate malt sweetness are balanced quite well by the smooth bittering. A few floral notes in the nose and a touch of fruitiness. A bit of diacetyl in the finish makes for an enjoyable sip. The medium body can fool you into thinking that this is a lighter alcohol ale. Soft carbonation gives impression of a fuller body. Not as hoppy as they describe, but enjoyable just the same.
BillKismet (3355) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark mud-brown body, with a smallish burn-tanned head. The bouquet strikes with luxurious brown malt and candi scents mixed with a chocolate mint flair. Quite the festive holiday bedazzle. Familiar, yet markedly different from the other holiday faire. Chocolate ESB flavors coil around the tongue, which is caressed by a bitter-sweet hop current and trickles of pine sap.