bhensonb (13850) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours clear darkly copper/brown with a very slight beige head. Aroma of dark roasty malt with hints of chocolate and something suggesting hop. Near full bodied. Flavor is roasty, a little nutty, has some chocolate, and there’s some bitter which could be hop. The malt flavor is pretty dominant, so it’s hard to pick out a hop type. Still, this stuff isn’t all that sugary, and there’s bitter in the finish. Pretty drinkable stuff.
mcberko (13502) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at The Burgundian Tavern, pours a dark amber / brown with a small beige head. Aroma of holiday spices, citrusy hops and roasted malt, like a spicy black IPA. Flavour is very similar, with the spice more dominant than the black IPA component character. There are some chocolate and candied notes in there as well. Solid stuff.
Ratman197 (12958) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of cocoa, carmel, toasted malt, earthiness and hints of citrus and pine. Palate was medsium bodied and smooth. Flavors of cocoa, carmel, earthiness and a hint of pine with a smooth lingering cocoa finish.
Dogbrick (11180) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the brewpub. The beer is a dark reddish-amber color with a medium thin off-white head that dissipates steadily. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast malt, chocolate and hops. Medium-bodied with flavors of sweet malt, caramel and earthy hops. The finish is malty up front with a hoppy aftertaste. Above average overall.
slowrunner77 (9657) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 21, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
leftover from a BOTB winter order. Still fairly hoppy - spicy and bitter with a firm chocolaty malt backbone and a robust body.
after4ever (7490) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours a murky dark ebony with a dense and creamy tan mousse that fades quickly. Big roasty chocolate and herbal hop nose, really nailed the combo--bitier than an impy stout, sweeter than a black ipa. Creamy thick body with soft carb. Sweet heavy chocolate mid palate with a long creamy sweet chocolate finish. But still maintains its presence as a balanced strong ale, rather than as the impy that the descriptors might suggest.
AmEricanbrew (6657) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft@ Brouwer’s Cafe. Clear copper with a tan head. Nice spicy sweet brown and caramel malt aromas. Medium body. Decent earthy nutty malt flavors with some caramel and spice. Not too bad.
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Brouwer’s Cafe: Deep ruby, copper hues, moderate pillowy light beige head, nice lacing. Soft cocoa nose, a little bit of toasted malt, a bit nutty. Smells like a big Brown Ale. Big notes of cocoa and nuts on the tongue, malty, yeah... very much like a big Brown Ale. Smooth, albeit body and mouthfeel are moderate. Has a bit of biscuit on the exit. Its like an English Strong crossed with a big Brown Ale. Fairly tasty, even if a little unexciting.
riversideAK (6078) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown pour with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and woody earthy hops. DRy roasted malt flavor with big earthy bitterness. Flavors of wood, herbs, and funk are imparted by the hops. Was very dry both from the roast and hops. I found this to be very enjoyable. I would like to try their IPA.
jgb9348 (5558) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich deep dark brown coloured body with a nice, two centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of alcohol, a bit of earthy hops, some deep caramel and toffee with a grassy and herbal kick at the end. Medium-bodied; Assertive hoppy flavour at first with earth and grass very strong, some pungent alcohol, all with a good and defined toasted malt backbone. Aftertaste shows some nice malt, a good dose of hops (but not overpowering) and a pleasant sweetness, very well balanced. Overall, a nice beer, I’m not sure why it’s rating isn’t higher - this is balanced and still showing a hint of complexity - nice. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Bottleworks in Seattle, Washington on 11-January-2013 for US$5.99 sampled at home in the real Washington on 02-February-2013.