hopscotch (8529) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle… Pours cloudy and orange with a small, creamy, off-white head. Decent retention. The aroma is an unpleasant mixture of warm brow perspiration and meat broth with a hint of apricot. Full-bodied and lightly oily with tingly carbonation. The flavor is minerally and bland. Finishes warming and a touch bitter. The only saving grace here is that the high abv is neither hot nor unpleasant. Otherwise, Bleh.
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Bottle stamped May 21 09. Poured a medium and clear golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of spices, some yeastiness, fruity, burnt sugar, and some alcohol. Tastes of spices, the same fruitiness, candi sugar, and vanilla. Light to medium alcohol in the finish. Overall, not that bad of an American Tripel.
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle @ home. Not exactly sure how long I’ve had this but it’s surely been over a year. A touch hazy, burnt orange appearance with a white head. Dull citrusy, bready, slightly boozy aroma. Bready, slightly boozy, a touch spicy, a little bitter, lightly citrusy flavor. Not tasting all that great now.
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bubble gum aroma. Medium yellow colour with off-white soapy head. ABove average carbonation. Too much yeast up front and aggressively carbonation. Other than that, drinkable. Candi helped to disguise the high alcohol. Medium mouthfeel overall, some off-sournish in finish. A half pint is a lot.
Drake (7940) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 vintage bomber from Peace Street Market in Raleigh. Pours a hazy amber with floating particles. The thin creamy slightly off-white head shows no signs of going anywhere. The aroma is spice, candi sugar, pears, citrus and a faintly hoppy finish. The taste is bread, candi sugar, bubblegum, butter rum, raisin, spice, toasted notes and slight oxidation. Medium-full bodied, high carbonation and a faint bit of warmth.
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Wegman’s Holidays 2009 rated from notes and I remember this one too. Pours dark straw with 2-finger off-white head. Nose is rock sugary malt, hopcitrus. Tastes rather sweet, with rock malt, heavy hopcitrus. Not well balanced nor complex, this one wasn’t great.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 13, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a transparent deep orange copper with a thin ring of white head. Has a sweet sugary caramel malty nose with a hint of strawberries and alcoholic warmth. Starts with a good malty fullness and a biscuity sugary toffee flavor before a slightly yeasty and warming finish. Could be closer to style and more complex.
Ughsmash (7003) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber, thanks to a couple fine folks! Poured fairly clear medium orange with a slim cap of white head that didn’t stick around for too long. The aroma picked up pale and fruity malts topped by coriander, rye, and peppery yeast.. a little too much sweetness evident, but it did mask the alcohol. The flavor found fruit and biscuity sweetness at the core, again with lots of spices around (coriander, orange zest, and vanilla come to mind).. dry white peppery alcohol dominated the finish over scratchy, almost cardboardey pale malts and honey. Medium-bodied and hot overall with just too much spicage going on.. not bad, but I just couldn’t get into it.
bb (6695) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber beer with an off-white head. Peach and fruity ester aroma with light malt. Malt and honey flavor with fruity esters, light spice and light yeast. Medium bodied. Malt and fruitiness lingers with light spice/light yeast.
Ibrew2or3 (6521) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber pours deep dull gold - copper with large tan head. The aroma is full of sweet notes like apples, pears, honey and plum puree as well as some spices and a hint of booziness at the end. The taste is pretty soft and smooth with sweet notes of apple, honey, pears and plum juice. It picks up various winter like spices as well as cloves and a faint level of pepper covered peach slices to midway. It gets slightly boozy here and there yet remains soft and smooth into the finish.