dbarnold (1106) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - MAY 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
For me, this went too far towards the malt bias. I like my big reds to have a hoppy character, and this one was very thick, even syrupy, with malt. Pours dark red, the name is very accurate, with white head. Thick toasty, creamy flavor and the hops can’t quite escape from under it. Finishes heavy.
obguthr (3312) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Oak, butter, cherries, and orange peel aroma. Clear ruby, thin yellow head, good lacing. Sweet cherry flavor initially, faint amount of diacetyl. Woody orange peel finish. Alcohol noticeable. Not awful, despite the presence of diacetyl.
Ratman197 (8479) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness, orange zest and light pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, grapefruit, light orange zest and light pine with a smooth dry bitter lingering grapefruit finish.
swoopjones (4902) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
draft at Coles, Buffalo NY. deeper caramel colored pour. sweet malts, caramel malts, citrusy hops, light butterscotch. flavor is rather sweet, somewhat boozy, buttery, citrusy hops. slightly unbalanced. OK
bhensonb (9825) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 18, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from the Folsom Whole Foods. Pours dark ruddy copper/amber with a creamy beige head. Which did a very slight ring lace eventually. Aromas of mixed citrus/floral/pine hop over a pretty roasted malt backbone. Full bodied. Flavor is a bit indecipherable, it’s almost like chocolate and pine. With some moderately darkish fruits. Somewhat challenging. But it’s hoppy as heck, has lots of structure, and makes my mouth writhe in ecstasy. Sorta kinda. It finishes bitter and arguably dry. Also arguably not dry. This is a beer which has been so gifted with ingredients that it cannot fail to be brilliant.
GandGKevin (912) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nutty caramel aromas. Slight citrus, pine and caramel flavors. Overall a decent red ale.
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Unique sour (in a good way) taste. Deep copper red with a thin head. Nice hops. Definitely a sipper.
rob6239 (550) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2013 Pours beautiful deep red with off white head. Initial aroma is hoppy and also made me think of pekoe tea. Taste is both bitter and sweet in waves.
Re-rated after having from bottle. On tap was much better. Didn’t get any of the on-tap aroma from the bottle pour.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Beer Run. Pours a clear ruby color with a large frothy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of citrus and piney hops with toffee malts. The taste is toffee malts, earthy notes, caramel, citrus and pine hops. Medium bodied, slight astringent in the finish. Decent
TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Gorgeous garnet in color with a tall, fluffy beige head. Aroma is lovely Simcoe hoppy notes, citrus, spicy hoppiness, caramel, and sweet malt. Taste is spicy hops, citrus zest, light pine, caramel, chewy malt and bready notes. Body is rich and medium-full with a full, creamy carbonation. Finishes with a blast of spicy hops, pine and citrus oils along with chewy caramel, bready malts and soft grains. Damn tasty beer and a nice surprise!