PorterPounder (6730) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Liquor Loft - attractrive distinctive shaped 22 oz bomber - pre-Thanksgiving dinner beer. Pours a very dark copper with a sticky khaki colored head that sticks around a while and leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma is floral and hoppy with plenty of spruce goodness. Flavor is bold and delicious with plenty of grapefruit bitter citrus notes, some sweet caramel and chocolate notes, a hint of nectarine sweetness. Mouthfeel is thick and rich. I’m not a Sam Adams basher - but sometime feel they just mail it in on some of their seasonals and specialty beers - but this one is right on target.
Ratman197 (12166) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting creamy amber head. Aromas of carmel, grapefruit, tangerine, pine and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, grapefruit, orange zest, pine and light earthiness with a crisp dry lingering bitter finish.
dwyerpg (5089) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 23, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A rich aroma of both hops and caramel. Reddish brown. This is tasty. Some malt and caramel vs. hops battle that is excellent for the tongue. Smooth enough finish. My favorite of the four!
DialSquare (3803) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Liquor Loft. Ruby brown pour with light tan head. Aroma is perfumy floral and citrus hops. Tastes are caramel malt, rye bread, grapefruit bitter, and a tinny vibe. Meh.
Terminus (3447) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2011 bottle-ok, so i really wanted to like this beer quite a bit. SA is one of my most disputed breweries in my book-I have never been a fan of their yeast/malt profiles in most of their beers. ALot of them taste artificial/plastic to me. This one is a small step in the right direction. Pours clear mahogony crimson red hue with a frothy soapy eggshell head maybe slightly darker. nose of floral hops, grapefruit, dusty esters, lite plastic, and light diacytl (yes its there, its not big but its there) and some catty notes that really detracted. Smells a little fussel even though its not that high in alcohol. THe hop in the nose are very pleasant though which gives the score a 7 in my book. flavors follow suit with nice carmel malts and piney hops. however, there isnt much complexity here but fairly well balanced. Still, to me this is a step in the right direction for SA however, it still tastes mass-produced with some of their plastic character. not bad for SA, but this WOULD have been great with a few tweaks.
Butters (4006) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Alright, 50th rate for this guy. and damn is it good. Perfect marriage of malt and hops. Beautiful dark amber pour with good sticky offwhite head and lacing. Citrus grapefruit hops. Lingering bitterness, but very pleasant. Damn good beer.
adnielsen (10312) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ home. Transparent, dark brownish red appearance with a big tan head. Roasty caramel malty, lightly nutty, moderately piney, earthy hoppy aroma. Toasty, a touch burnt, caramel malty, mild toffee, piney, somewhat earthy hoppy flavor. Not bad but nothing special.
DocLock (8989) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Wegman’s Collegeville. Pours a gorgeous deep ruby mahogany’ the color of the desk furniture used by pompous upper management douches. The head is 3-finger, creamy, uniform, and very well-retained. Nose is vienna malt, earthy hops, resiny pine, red vinous fruit. Tastes malty, resiny and earthy, with a well integrated hop element. Got some black peppery and even nutmeg notes late.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours ruby red with a tan head. Smells of bitter citrus, some resiny undertones, spicy. Tastes earthy with some resiny hints and some metallic notes on the finish.
jcos (1779) - Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location/Date:Bottle split with Dave on November 19th, 2011.
Appearance: Pours a dark maroon, clearish.
Aroma: Aroma is of hop and the roasted malt.
Taste: Good bitterness, but the malt is too overpowering for me.
Palate:Medium body, occasionally fizzy.
Summary: I like this style a lot but the balance was off, too malt-forward not enough bitterness.