ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz, green waxed bottle, via trade. finally able to land one of these. pours an oily, slick, deep black capped by a thick, creamy, mocha head that leaves smooth sheets of lace. aroma is truly excellent with big notes of chocolate malt balls, devilís food cake, cocoa puffs, and vanilla beans backed by cinnamon spice, rich, smoky peppers, espresso, and hints of wet wood with a subtle touch of rum cake as it warms up. flavor is remarkable as well with big, rich vanilla, bunt cake with rum-raisin icing, spices, and butterscotch backed by dark chocolate, light coffee, ash, and very subtle pepper heat that lingers on the finish. palate is full bodied and smooth with light carbonation and a pleasing heat. overall, the rum barrel aging adds a great level of complexity and sweetness to the base Bomb which was one of the beers of the year for me. well done.
Ontbeertaster (2308) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, green wax, pours a jet black, light tan head, aroma is roasty, taste is lots of coffee of front, a very light hint of head, a coco powder, some vanillia, didnt get much in the way of barrels in there, maybe a light hint, overall very interesting stuff
mcberko (6000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
375mL bottle, pours jet black with a small brown head. Aroma is amazingly complex, full of vanilla, coffee, cocoa, and slight chilis - donít really get any of the rum barrels. Flavour brings out a melange of various things, such as vanilla upfront, followed by cocoa, coffee and rum. The chilis arenít really any longer discernible. Finishes on notes of coffee, rum and vanilla. Extremely well-integrated and complex. I think I prefer the regular Bomb!, though this is definitely delicious.
Reynolds314 (2239) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer got seriously Oklahomered. Its pretty decent with a heavy coffee and vanilla nose. Taste is very sweet and a bit boozy with heavy vanilla, play doh, raw flour, light coffee, and mollases. Really needs some roast or some other drying element. Pretty good but nothing great.
Ernesto987 (3572) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2013 Bottle, decent, a little too sweet and vanilla. Chillis are muted, rum is there a bit, itís good. Coffee aroma, sweet and thin, no complexity
theothermatt (160) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - DEC 3, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle shared. Pitch black with a tan head that disappears quickly. Very sweet aroma of rum, coffee, and tobacco. The barrel aging really subdues all the characteristics that make the regular Bomb! so great and add slight hints of oak, and a bit of a rum character. As good as it is, I prefer the regular version.
BMMillsy (1265) - Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from burg. Thanks! Pours pitch black with a small brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, peppers, a little booze, and big time earthy spicy coffee. Flavor is mostly coffee, a bit of a pepper bite on the way down, and a very nice lingering vanilla and some sweetness (rum?) on the palate. I maybe inly get the rum sweetness in the aftertaste, and this otherwise doesn't have much barrel going on. But even that is reaching. Very high carbonation for a BA beer, with the earthy coffee and pepper spice cutting through the viscosity. As it warms it becomes thicker and more chocolatey. Where is the rum here?
tectactoe (1489) - Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2014 Bottle: Thick black pour with some mild dark brown & a solid tan head on top. Aroma full of espresso beans, ash, light chilies, some chocolate malt, & a faint bit of vanilla. Very mild boozy rum character. Taste is smooth & well integrated. Notes of chocolate, light cinnamon, faint chilies, vanilla, oily coffee beans, mild dry oak, with a smooth finish. Fudge, faint chili, sweet rum finish. Smooth, thick body. Seriously awesome stuff, though I think I may prefer the original BOMB.
Update: Had this one again, same batch, a few months older at this point. Less coffee than before, although Iíd still say coffee is the front runner of the flavors. Rum barrel is more noticeable & adds a more delicate sweetness, although you still get a big roastiness from the malt & coffee. Light cocoa, burnt coffee ground & sweet rum finish, not much in the way of chilies anymore.
GT2 (8269) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
355mL shared at Black Friday El Cerrito release line. Clear deep brown pour. KBS style Wispy tan lacing. Nose is rich coffee, coconut, brownie, Taste is mild warming, decent chili heat but itís soft. Palate feels a tad woody and dusty.
RobertDale (3334) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle. Thanks to my friendly trader in Oklahoma. Pours almost black with a very small tan head. Great aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and alcohol. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, chiles, dark fruit, and rum. Some heat generated by the chiles. Very good stuff.