hopscotch (9214) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pours black with a mid-sized, creamy, beige head that never fully dissipates. The aroma offers lots of fudge, big-time coconut, light vanilla and a whisper of lactic acid. Full-bodied and silky with soft, airy carbonation. The flavor is loaded with chocolate and toasted oak with only a trace of bourbon. Fudge and toasted oak finish. I’m going against the grain here. What’s not to like? World class brew!
unclemattie (4216) - Georgia, USA - OCT 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, foil wrapped, twist-off. $7.50, Bruisin’ Ales. Black pour, brown foam. Aroma of coffee, mocha, chocolate, booze barrel scent, oaky vanilla, leather, woody, soy sauce, nutty, and some molasses. Mostly mocha scent with barrel aging. Roasty flavor, burnt malts, coffee roast flavors, charcoal, burnt molasses, some oaky notes, organic green coffee beans, hints of chocolate malts and even some maple syrup notes. Burnt bbq sauce character. Some lgiht acidity in the finish. This beer requires it to be fresh. Not a beer worth aging, (3477)
Braudog (5832) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Big, brooding pour ... midnight black, massive pock-marked head. the aroma is odd ... a mix of sweet chocolate, whiskey, coffee ... This drinks with an uber-sweet character, raisins, tropical fruit even. Whatever coffee is in here is buried in sweetness. (#4735, 8/15/2012)
Theydon_Bois (9054) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the Ginger Man, Manhattan - 29/02/12.
The darkest of browns with a dirty tan head, about a finger initially but soon thinned.
Roasted malt on the nose, bitter dark chocolate, espresso coffee.
The coffee really hits you on first taste, you get wood, chocolate, oak and some maple/syrup in the background.
Medium bodied and carbonation, smooth drinking for 8.4% with the alcohol very well incorporated. I really enjoyed this one.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber: Pours a clear brown/ruby with a medium tan head, chocolate and roasted coffee in the aroma, starts and ends lightly sweet with a cocoa ending, medium bodied with mellow carbonation.
Lubiere (10139) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A deep dark stout with a thin dark mocha head. In aroma, smooth pungent chocolate with nice herbal hops, light vanilla notes, nice. In mouth, a nice oaked up chocolate with light woody acidity, complex and woody, very nice. Tasted at Raquette River Beer and Wine Fest, July 13 2012.
kabsetter (103) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice flavorable beverage, but I found it a little ’thin’ on flavor. the oak age was nice and was similar to a fine wine. I just prefer to see this as a russian Imperial at about 10% and it would be right up my ally!
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Had a strong recommendation to buy this one and found it pretty underwhelming. Kind of a disappointing base beer, and the taste combined day old coffee with generic chocolate, with barely any barrel character.
nick76 (4232) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is both sweet and dry with butter scotch, chocolate, coffee, bourbon, and molasses. The appearance is dark brown with a tan head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is right for the style. Overall this is good but a touch too acidic.
Palidor19 (2963) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
strong flavor. nice balance of mocha aroma and a medium thick palate. has a slight acidic feel at the end. lots of complexity all around.