bhensonb (11784) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Monument in Concord, CA. Pours quite black with a huge, foamy dark tan head. Smells like chocolate. Medium body plus with smooth carbonation. Flavor starts chocolate, then goes rather gritty, and almost smoky with coffee. It is much more bitter than not, and it has a really nifty mouthfeel in the finish. Wonder if I imagined the smoke. I think it’s pretty complex for a lager, and it drinks very easily. Bitter is starting to show up on the sides of my tongue, and other things are going on too. Good job from Rogue.
TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle purchased at Central Market in Mill Creek, WA. Pours a VERY dark brown with a coffee colored head. Aroma: Roasted malt and coffee. Flavor: Same as the aroma, with hint of cinammon.
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Whoa! Are you sure this is a lager? It looks like a stout, and a big one at that. Thick and absolutely black with a dark brown head that really sticks for a long while. I never give a 5 for appearance, but this one earned it - there’s this awesome interplay of shades of tan and brown in the head whenever I take a sip. Very cool. The nose is packed with chocolate and earth. Very much the same notes in the flavor - deep chocolaty malts are accompanied the full way through by a pleasant earthy, smoky, coffee-like bitterness - not due to the hops, though, but definitely from all the specialty malts.The carbonation is strong, a little sharp, which helps to balance the heavier malt. I’m really digging this one. Unique and very well-balanced. I’m amazed it’s only 5%, too.
KolonelKlink (65) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice jet black colour with tan head. Earthy, chocolate and wood notes on the nose. Chocolate and roasted malt on the tongue, very well balanced. Really good beer!
19Ei8hty (1167) - Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very cool looking beer; deep black body with a tall fluffy deep brown head leaving a cocoa creme lace along the glass. Smooth smoked chocolate malt. Slight peppery note with crisp grass and finishes a tad sour.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - FEB 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber into pint glass. This is by far the darkest most viscous schwarz I have ever seen--it looks like an imperial stout with a nice mocha tan head that fades a bit too quickly. Thickest lager in general that I have ever seen. The aroma is also similar to an imperial stout, but a bit frutier. Very roasty--molasses and dark bitter chocolate--with a hint of hops and a bit of a smoke character. The flavor is the same. Very roasty and a bit smokey. The normal fruit character I notice in other schwarz does seem very present. On the upper end of Medium bodied with small fine carbonation. Overall: a very impressive beer, but it just seems like a stout or porter to me, not a schwarz.
zach8270 (3684) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Dark black with a rocky tan head. Heavy smoke in the aroma. Some mild bitterness and roasted chocolate, but a lot of heavy smoke and meat notes. Smells like a rauchbier. Flavor definitely lends itself to that. Smoke and bacon in the front that melds into a rich and chocolaty middle with a mild hop aftertaste. The smoke notes linger for a while and leave a light touch of campfire smoke on your palate.
MrBunn (2521) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a fizzy black with loads of carbonation rising up to a fizzy head that dies down before the glass moves from counter to table in the house. Aromas are roasty, earthy and dark. Rich topsoil after a rain, a little chocolate, some wood and wet leaves... nice. Flavor is even better. One of the better Rogue offerings in years. Rich and heavy bitter chocolate surfaces at several points as the plot develops. A burnt edge to it with a little bit of charcoal or something in there and a little bit of a creaminess that just peeks through at times. Really decent stuff.
Beerman6686 (4832) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a dark brown almost black color with a light tan head. Aroma was lightly toased malts, some chocolate and some freshly picked hops. Flavor was very smooth, a great blend of darker and chocolatey malts balanced nicely by a good bit of citrusy hops. Very impressed.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sometimes you look at the scores of others on this site, and just sort of say "huh?" And that is my reaction in this particular case. Schwarzbier is not necessarily the most dynamic of styles, but this particular example is full of flavor. I’m just not sure that all that flavor really belongs in a beer of this style and if I really like the flavor that’s there.
It pours a pretty thick black - much more like Imperial Stout than Scharzbier. Color is there, but viscosity is off. Aroma was to me less roasty than it was smokey. This was confirmed to me upon my first few sips, which were decidedly smokey and to my mind a bit on the earthy/peaty side. Not light on the tongue like Sprecher Bavarian Black or Kostritzer, which I think of as sort of the American and international standards for the style. The flavor was pungent and not unpleasant, but not really delicious nor appropriate IMO either.
Still, not a bad beer. I bought 2 bottles of this at Blacklick Liquor in Columbus.