RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours black with a small light brown head. Aroma is disappointing with toffee, salt, pumpernickel, light roast, dark chocolate, and a small amount of medicine. Flavor is better, but still a wee bit off with dark chocolate, coffee, but too much toffee and salt. Finishes slightly sweet with a little chocolate/roast, but there’s a tangy burnt sensation that I just don’t like. Medium bodied, with highish carbonation and a slightly prickly mouthfeel. Pass.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - APR 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a moderately thick black with a nice but dissipating head. The aroma had chocolate, toffee, and was slightly sour. The taste was a nice roasted taste with some chocolate and then the sour shows up again. Not a bad stout at all if it wasn’t for the off sourness.
Fratto (2616) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from cwsample. Dark pour with a nice brown head. Aroma is alcohol, cocoa, and a little coffee. Taste is lots of bitter cocoa, caramel, coffee, and alcohol.
Cavie (3795) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of cwsample. Dark brown appearance with little light emerging through. Tan head dissipates quickly enough. Big roasted smell with bits of dry wood. Bitter dry notes with the essense of belgian flavors? Taste is bitter roast upfront. Dry finish that increases over time. I am very curious to see what yeast they used to give a slightly fruity element.
cwsample (162) - Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours pitch black with a nice dark foamy head. Roasted chocolate scent. Bitter delayed after taste with a dry finish.
StefanSD (2131) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours an opaque black color with a medium tan head that has fair retention. The aroma features dark roasted grains, milk chocolate and mocha. The taste is similar to the aroma with loads of layered chocolates, earthy hops, walnuts, vanilla and mocha. The palate is full and malty smooth. The finish is long, dry and chocolaty. Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by this brew, this is a very good chocolate stout.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very, very dark with a dark tan head. Aroma of chocolate, but some other spice was mixed in with a dark toastiness. Flavor was a slightly burnt chocolate - more burnt than I would normally like. Finish is short and bitter like baker’s chocolate. I didn’t expect this to be as good as it was.
bhensonb (11055) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from ericandersnavy. Pours opaque black with a multifinger foamy tan head. Smoky aroma with roasted dark malt. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Flavor is smokey - much like smoked porter. Very well balanced. Finish is neither sweet nor bitter - but with time the bitter tends to dominate.
xCENOTAPHx (17) - Grandview, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
For a stout, this was somewhat disappointing. When I drink a stout, I expect much bolder smells and flavors than this. Its dark impenetrable color and lingering thin head say it is a stout, but its thin texture and nonexistent aroma speak otherwise. It is, for the most part, a sub-par stout. It is, however, very palatable and very drinkable for its style, and possibly enjoyable for those who do not enjoy the style as much, but far from my favorite stout.
Brigadier (2965) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle
I am always willing to try a new stout but this one was subpar. Were it any other style I probably would have passed on it because just sitting on the shelf it gave off bad vibes. Still if you are determined to try as many stouts as possible or everything in California buy one. I just recommend coming in with very low expectations.
Aroma / Appearance - Fluid and black it at least plays the part of a stout. The appearance is a little watery and has only thin chunks of head rather than a beautiful crown. Dark bitter chocolate is not bad but the soy or olive aspect hits the nose hard. Were it not for that defect this would be average rather than subpar.
Flavor / Palate - The smoky start is promising that the aroma is just an aberration. However it soon falls apart on the throat with a mix of chocolate and soy sauce. This is not the worst stout (far from it) but there are definitely flaws that could be improved. I’m glad I only had to drink one glass rather than the whole bomber.