jookos (5599) - FINLAND - MAY 18, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2016, RED
black. Heqvy cocoa powder on nose, chocolate maltyness. Full bodied, chocolately, powdery hot chocolate, malty. Reqlly nice.
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borre_m (1335) - NORWAY - MAY 17, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sample at cbc. Pours black, no head. Aroma is roaste, lots of coffee. Taste is too much cofee for me.
MetalNHopHead (1454) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - MAY 15, 2016
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pirate Bomb! has all the complexity and tastiness of Bomb! but with some added Caribbean goodness thanks to the rum barrel aging. The process has enhanced the elements of vanilla, coconut, and chili which were already present in this beer. The latter works wonderfully with the dark chocolate malt flavors. There’s a hint of rum in the form of toasted sugar, and there’s plenty of booze warmth and sweetness. This is a black beer worthy of its black sails.
HuskerTan (1712) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - MAY 14, 2016
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A- Chilies, chocolate fudge, coconut, vanilla, brownies.
A- Black color, black liquid, brown head.
T- Chilies, fudge, espresso, coconut, vanilla, rum,
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, complex finish.
O- Yum. The rum barrel aging did some nice things for this beer. The chilies seem to stand out more and the cocoa gives off a more fudge like taste. Surprisingly not boozy. Maybe the best of the Bomb! variants. Tasty as hell.
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 14, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle at Eat Bar pours an oily black with just the faintest tan head. The appearance is easily the worst part of this beer. The nose is chock full with toasted marshmellow, light booze, chocolate, caramel, lots of anise and licorice, vanilla bean, some burnt coconut, mild spices like pepper and cinnamon. Flavor follows, it’s like drinking a S’mores but not in a cloying way. Sure there is some caramel sweetness, but the vanilla feels very natural and does not elevate the sweetness you sense, licorice and molasses, malt, some toast, a little cane sugar, plenty of pepper and cinnamon. Finishes oily, lightly sticky too but super smooth and crazy drinkable at 14%.
ej (1254) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ CBC -16. Black body with a small tan head. Awesone rum aroma with liqorice, burnt sugars, roasted malts and vanilla. Taste is sweet with chocolate, rum, vanilla and a whiff of warming alcohol. This is really nice. Long sweet rum finish. Full body with an oily mouthfeel. soft co2
Hermod (6491) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAY 14, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap@ CBC 2016. Pours near black with a thin off white head. Massive aroma, layers of chocolate cake, wood, roasted malt. Sweet flavor, mud cake, mocha, dark chocolate, chocolate mousse. Medium bodied, balanced, very nice.
tiong (6476) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAY 14, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ CBC 2016, Copenhagen. Pours dark brown, almost black with a smooth head. Aroma of roasty malts, chocolate, rum, spices, coffee and vanilla. Taste is sweet, chocolatey and spicy with some hints of rum, mudcake, vanilla and hazelnuts. Finish is sweet and slightly boozy with some mudcake, chocolate and rum. Interesting.
VastActiv (5717) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - MAY 14, 2016
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at CBC2016, Copenhagen. Colour is dark brown with brownish head. Aromas and flavors: Dark chocolate, some rum, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malts. Very heavy.
superspak (4742) - Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 2/18/2016. Pours dense pitch black color with a minimal foamy tan head that reduces to a thin ring of lace pretty quickly. Minimal spotty lacing clings to the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, fudge, toffee, vanilla, molasses, cinnamon, clove, rum, oak, toasted coconut, chili pepper, light dark fruit/char, and roast/oak earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee/vanilla/pepper spice, and rum barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, dark roasted coffee, fudge, toffee, vanilla, molasses, cinnamon, clove, rum, oak, toasted coconut, chili pepper, light dark fruit/char, and roast/oak earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char bitterness and rum/oak/pepper spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, fudge, toffee, vanilla, molasses, cinnamon, clove, rum, oak, toasted coconut, chili pepper, light dark fruit/char, and roast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee/vanilla/pepper spice, and rum barrel flavors; with a fantastic roasted bitter/sweet and oak/pepper spiciness balance with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness as well. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy/silky/slick, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is well hidden with a small warmth lingering after the finish; with some light pepper heat as well. Overall this is a mind blowing barrel aged spiced stout! All around insane complexity, robustness, and balance dark/roasted malt, coffee/vanilla/pepper spice, and rum barrel flavors; and very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the huge ABV. A world class offering for sure.