Steeeve (326) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear ruby-hued medium brown pour with a two-finger light beige head. Sweetness is surprisingly the first aroma I notice. It’s somewhat fruity, with a little plum and berry aroma, almost like a barley wine. The smoke is noticeable but not overbearing, and it is more campfire than ham sandwich. Flavor is similarly sweet. A rich toffee base has hints of dark fruits and caramelized sugar. Smoke comes through strongly in the middle and lingers with a wisp on the finish. Palate is slightly chewy, though a little thin for such a robust bock beer. I enjoy the smoke character of this beer, but the bock base itself is somewhat cloying. Overall a pretty solid, drinkable rauchbock, and one of the better American attempts, though it doesn’t hold a candle to the Schlenkerla Urbock.
_angst_ (2279) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle bought through craftbeer.se. Pours rubyish dark brown with a frothy and fizzy brownish beige head that quickly dissipates while leaving a small trace on the glass. Smell is sweet, malty and smokey with sweet dark bread, smoked sausage, dried ham, hay, caramel, golden syrup, burnt wood, smoke and hints of sweet soy sauce. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty and smokey with sweet dark bread, caramel, biscuits, dry cured ham, smoked sausage, hay, butterscotch hard candy, burnt wood, smoke, burnt cereal, persimmon, alcohol, sweet soy sauce and toffee. Mouthfeel is syrupy, round, sticky sweet, tiny boozy and medium to full bodied. Finish is sweet, bitter, malty and smokey with caramel, sweet dark bread, biscuits, hay, moist soil, burnt wood, smoke, sweet soy sauce, smoked sausage and hints of orange peal. Solid offering that’s slightly too sweet and heavy to be really enjoyable.
lukedarock (80) - Howell, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2014
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2014 Iffy idk bout this style im sure its good if u like this style but def not for me strong abv tho!
rproff78 (24) - - FEB 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good strong bock beer. Sam Adams continues to surprise me with tasty beers!
zgaier (1158) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a muddy brown with a light tan head and sweet malty caramel aroma. Taste is of sweet malt and caramel up front, with underlying burnt bread and biscuit with a strong, malty finish.
jjgmd (1196) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a a dark muddy brown pour with a java colored losse head. Nose is deep malt and caramel with a bit of liquid smoke. Taste is very rich malt and intense caramel with smoke and some sweetness breaking through. Finishes on the same rich and heavy tasting notes, definitely heavy on the palate while drinking and through the finish. Alcohol buried in the taste. Quaff Score 7 / 10
fishonmyplane (335) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of caramel malt. Sweet, rich, almost syrupy but not cloying. Not too strong or bacony, just a nice oaky smoke flavor.
lmatos (4) - San Juan, Alabama, USA - JAN 27, 2014 does not count
1.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Nice smoky aroma and a nice appearance. Is to bitter, smoky and bitter for my taste. Seems a little bit salty
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle served in a Allagash cervoise glass
Batch - 1
A - Dark brown tea colored body with 2 fingers of yellowish tan head. Bubbles are fine and stick to the glass quite well. Excellent retention for such a high abv.
S - Toasted bread, faint smokiness in the background, some fruity yeast wrapped in a hefty malt bill, toasted caramel, smokey molasses, candied bacon
T - Sweet upfront followed by salty caramel, molasses, brown bread, sticky dried dark fruits, smoke is very faint is only an accent to the strong malt base. Finishes sticky, nutty, and sweet.
M - Full bodied, creamy carbonation, sweet rich finish.
Sweeter than expected. Wish the smoke showed up a bit more. It needed another balancing component to combat the malts. Drinks very easy for such a high ABV. I would have never have guessed his to be ABV 9.4.
Not sure how old this is but I think batch - 1’s smoke has faded.
Serving type: bottle
HisBoyElroy (397) - Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells like a bag of teriyaki jerky. It is a golden brown. Taste is very jerky/malty.
Ericular (429) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear red-orange amber with fizzy head and decent lacing. At first whiff, cold, freshly poured, the aroma is all smoked meats and jerky. At this point, I don’t even know if I’m going to be finishing this bomber. The flavor was similar, but more tolerable due to sweeter caramel malts and a light earthy bitterness. Smoky throughout. Alcohol well-hidden, better as it warms and settles. No problem finishing at the end, but this style still hasn’t won me over yet.