TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - JAN 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber pours pitch black with a nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, loads of dark roasted coffee, dark cocoa. Smoky flavor with roasted coffee, balanced by muted dry hops. Finishes mocha and quite rich for the abv. Frothy mouthfeel with low-medium carbonation level and medium body. Different, interesting brew, especially for a relatively low abv lager. Very drinkable and sessionable. Great stuff.
ChainGangGuy (4274) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2010 22 ounce bottle - $5.39 at Beverage SuperStore in Suwanee, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out the ebony body one would expect crowned with a well-sized, substantial tan-colored head.
Smell: The aroma is absorbed in rich roasty, toasty scents and a full notes of espresso, dark chocolate, and charred nuts with lesser, lighter hints of earthy, piny hops.
Taste: Starts roasty with some sweetened coffee and bittersweet chocolate tastes with a touch of smokiness and eventually tones down to a well-toasted quality. Small amount of burnt almonds. A slight fruitiness transitions into a faint spicy, piney hop character with a modest amount of bitterness paired with the minor black malt astringency. Hint of German yeastiness in the background. Drying finish thatís both roasty and bit bitter.
Mouthfeel: A skosh above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Pleasantly smooth mouthfeel.
Drinkability: While I would say itís a tad more bolder than a standard Schwarzbier, it is by no means overblown and is actually a very enjoyable beer (or at least I thought so). Go on, friends, give it a try!
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of roasted and burnt malt, chocolate, slight bitter coffee, black bread, and a hint of smoke. Poured pitch black in color with a medium-sized, creamy, rocky, dark brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is light to medium bitter. Tastes of burnt malt, roasted malt, light milk chocolate, slight bitter coffee, slight smoke, and a hint of cream. Medium body. Tingly, then lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Burnt and roasted malt, and slight chocolate finish is lightly dry. Quite good for the style.
TheEpeeist (3142) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a thick cocoa head. Lacy speckles coat the glass. Nose is coffee, mild chocolate, hay and a touch of smokiness. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Taste is burnt sugar, Bakerís chocolate and lime.
NachlamSie (2618) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Hop City. This is the darkest lager I have ever seen. Itís darker than even most Baltic porters Iíve had. The body is nearly jet black and the head is basically brown. The aroma is super roasty, lots of espresso is noted with sharp hops which donít really stand out but rather provide balance. Iím trying to believe this is a lager. Iíve always said that you canít judge a beer by its appearance and this is reinforcing my opinion to the point where even I canít believe whatís going on with this beer. A sip provides a lot of chocolate, almond, and coffee flavor. The palate is dense. The finish finally hints at some lager character, something I could associate with a schwarz. Itís kind of like seaweed. I am highly impressed with this offering from Rogue. Itís a departure from the norm and itís a departure from what Rogue generally brews e.g. no Pac-Man yeast and no ridiculous hops character. Mad props.
robforbes (2034) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours black and oil like, a medium size dark brown head, and good lacing.
smell of malt, cocoa, some hops, and beef jerky.
taste is smooth, smoke, malt, chocolate, and hops, ends dry and somewhat bitter.
kmweaver (3204) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2010 22oz bottle, purchased at Petaluma Market. Pours a very dark chocolate color; significant, creamy medium-tan head with great retention and lacing that lasts; beautiful pour. Lots of roasted / lightly charred malts and bitter chocolate in the aroma; not a huge overt hop character here, but plenty of bitterness coming from the chocolate and char; very dry; quiet yeast character; mouthwatering, dry, and pleasantly bitter. Medium mouthfeel: lots of bitter chocolate and roasted maltiness here, with some pleasant citrus and mineral bitterness quietly balancing out the prominent malt core; nicely bitter, creamy texture in the mouth, highly sessionable; beautifully made; it just doesnít quite set my heart on fire hedonistically (a more charismatic yeast character would help); very tasty overall. Lasting finish of milk chocolate, roasted malts, and hints of vanilla; not nearly as roasted / bitter as the core; nicely balanced, moderately dry ending.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick and heavy, richly black, whipped creamy bronze head. Sweet molasses roast aroma. Dense chewy black malt, smoky middle, creamy earthy finish, little pine.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Off the charts black appearance - with a gigantic rocky head and oozing lace. Char on the nose with soft creaminess and slight caramel. Very roasty for a schwarz (not a bad thing), lots of charred malts and coffee, followed by a quick middle and spritzy finish with some wrigleys gum at the swallow. Lingering roast. You want to just have another taste - very seductive...and delicious.
coldbrewky (1409) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via Bonster via pistolpete. Overall a lighter stout that is heavily infused with both hops and coffee. Nice to see a bio-regional brew, still with atll its pomp and circumstance on the label it falls short of excellent. A semi watery finsh undulates about the unbalanced coffee and hops.