rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAY 19, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big time sweet malts here. Really well crafted. Smooth and crisp on the pallet. Hops are subtle and clean.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear copper pour. Butter butter and more butter. Some toffee, Carmel and diacetyl
jcos (1704) - Maryland, USA - MAY 16, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Location/Date:Bottle on May 10th, 2012.
Appearance: Pours a dark brownish red.
Aroma: Aroma is malty.
Taste: Medium bitterness, then a ton of sweetness that is too much.
Summary: I like the intentions but this just finishes way too sweet for me, and I love this style so I was disappointed.
dbarnold (1126) - 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 (4585) - Staunton, 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 (11216) - 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 (6908) - 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 (12440) - 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 (932) - 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.