superspak (1904) - Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of chocolate, toffee, caramel, molasses, toast, brown bread, biscuit, nuttiness, light roast, raisin, floral, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt notes; and good strength. Taste of chocolate, caramel, nuttiness, toast, toffee, brown bread, molasses, biscuit, light roast, raisin, floral, and toasted earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, toast, toffee, nuttiness, brown bread, molasses, light roast, raisin, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of dark malt flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial brown ale. All around great balance and complexity of dark malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the gravity. A very enjoyable offering.
ICEatALAMO (783) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUN 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. The pour is dark brown. The aroma strong malt and some sweetness to it. The taste is rather mild, and fairly complex, but yet simple if that makes any sense. The booze does come through.
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peteinSD (1175) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Brian - thanks! Brown pour with a quickly fading slick of tan foam. Aroma is toasted malt, background coffee grinds, maybe some raisin, and a clean streak of sweet malt. Taste is heavy with caramel and raisin and sweet malt before some minimal roast and alcohol heat. Clean, coating mouthfeel. Okay beer but the best aspects of the style (roast, nuts, perhaps a complimentary background hop bitterness) are nowhere to be found.
BigBeer45 (1173) - Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 1, 2013 Bomber bottle from Champanes in Warren,
this ale had a dark brown pour (it was a clear dark red-ruby when held to a light) the pour made a one to two finger off-white and tan head, head receded to a cover with open areas and ring, the beer was dark and it was hard to see through but held to a lamp, I could see a slow moving center stream of bubbles, it left nice spots and fingers of lacing on the sides of the glass, the bottom of the bottle had some loose sediment that moved around as the bottle was poured, there were spots and specks of sediment on the bottom after I poured,
this beer had aromas of toasted and some roasted malt, caramel, brown sugar sweetness, faint citrus hops in the background, thought I got a few whiffs of smoke, the smoke was not consistent,
it had flavors of toasted malt, caramel, chocolate, some or faint date dark fruit, brown sugar like sweetness, the finish had a less than medium hop bitterness with some malt and brown sugar sweetness trailing, it had a good bit of sweetness,
the mouth feel was about medium with some creaminess, it had average to lively carbonation,
the sweetness gets a little big as the glass warms and the drinking goes on, almost too much sweetness for my liking, I think more roasted malt would help to balance the sweetness.