jgb9348 (5098) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy copper/bronze coloured body with a thinnish tan head, ruby tint and a nice bit of small bubbles coming from the sides of the glass. Aroma of roasted malt, alcohol, pit fruits, raisins and some major toffee. Medium-bodied; Strong assertive malty and toffee taste at first with some nuts, alcohol and a bitter tobacco finish. Aftertaste shows a lot of character, with the malt coming through most, followed by some alcohol and a touch of raisins. Overall, a decent beer - perhaps a bit too nutty and malty, but not a bad beer. Good for a holiday beer - different than most, so that’s very welcome. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Liquor Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 14-March-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 04-April-2010.
williamherbert (1385) - Syracuse, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is toffee and brown sugar. Mild and malty.
Appears dark, milky, ruby brown. Head shrinks but some nice lace.
The flavor is lots of malt. Coffee but also oatmeal. Malt dominates. Sweet with a bitter finish. Hint of grapes and dates/raisins.
Gritty feel; a tad oatmealish. Verymuch a sweet, sugary bock. Pretty good.
tgncc (3014) - Bellmore, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nose is sweet, malty, chocolatey, fruity. Very pleasant. The color is a deep red/brown, off-white head. The flavor is chocolate, raisin, plums. Themouthfeel is a little on the thick side of medium. The finish is sweet, with a slight component of hop bitterness, like nobel hops. Decent. I enjoyed this more than other ratebeerians, obviously.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 bottle. Pours a reddish brown color with a big foamy egg shell color that stays forever...nose is very sweet and cranberryish with some light toasty malt hints in the background. Palate is smooth and fluffy. Flavors of light nuts and a sweet, tangy berry note as well. Biscuity malts and very refreshing.
jcwattsrugger (11560) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle-pours a light tan head with dark amber color. Aroma is light/medium malt, sour fruit. Taste is light/medium malt, sour fruit hops. Towards medium body. Better @cellar temp, so rated it then.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
BOMBER 2009, pours a dark brune body with a yellow off white head. Light malty body, toasted malt, some light caramel and bitter roasted malt tones. A very mineral and dry coco body with a bitter finish. A nice session ale. I like what the previous review said about olives, i can see where hes going when your first have in in your mouth its bitter and tart like and olive. Now i want olives. Mmm. Good stuff.
hombrepalo (1953) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2009
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
2008 version, thanks to Alldaydrinker. Just couldn’t get into this one. A mess to me. Poured a murky brown, with dirty looking head. Smell was funky, malts and kinda reminded me of olives! yea olives! Taste is bold, carmel, molasses and smokey malts. Kinda ashy and a sour finish. Not so tasty.
mcox90 (1692) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle, 2008 edition. Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown with a 1/2" tan head. Sweet malty nose with light spice. Smooth mouth feel with average carbonation. Flavor is sweet malt with some caramel & brown sugar & nougat. Tasty brew.
rocbyter (1953) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fruity malt aroma with a mild sour yeast smell. Light hazy dark orange color with a small off white head. Sweet with light carbonation and a sour finish.
SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown 22oz bottle. 2008 release.
Appearance: Slightly cloudy tawny hue with orange notes around the edges. Head is slight with off-white bubbles gripping the edge of the glass, no lacing, and not much on the surface.
Nose: Roasted grain, toasted oak, raw sugar, chocolate caramel, and something hinting at toffee.
Palate: Soft carbonation, a creamy smooth texture. Right at the back, you can tell it’s a lager, has a little tiny bite right before the finish. Notes of caramelized sugar, toffee, and creme brulée. Clean finish.
Notes: A solid brew. You get what it says: Creamy Bock Lager. A bit creamy on the texture, a bit lager on the finish, and a perfect "session" winter/holiday ale. I appreciate that it’s not a spiced winter release. Cheers to Matt and René!