sfontain (763) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle $5.99, Andersons Columbus. Very dark brown, nearly opaque; fizzy tan head dissipates very quickly into a thin ring. Aroma sweet, vinous, prune-raisin, earthy, light bubble gum, light coffee and chocolate; nice. Flavor lightly coffee and roast with clear Belgian notes--banana, bubble gum, dark fruit; tad bit of vanilla and I suspect oak. Mouthfeel is viscous and oily, yet not quite thick; light carbonation is smooth and verges on silky. This is a pretty cool brew.
Aurelius (3844) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Candi-sweet, vaporous, pruney roast aroma. 22oz bomber, opaque black-brown beer with an oily pour. The label appears to be an engraving of Brandon Flowersí Belgian granddad wearing his Killers outfit with the bird wings. I found this to have an unpleasant roast bitterness and too much coffee acidity. Medium to slightly heavy body. Clingy bitter finish. Market Square Liquors.
TURDFERGUSON (3878) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Drank this bomber about a week ago. It drank purty good. I was playing words with friends at the time so I didn't really pay attention to the distinct complexities. Nuf said.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
JMerritt (1734) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark chocolate brown with a thin, bubbly light-brown head. Nose has fruity overtones (figs, raisins) atop brown sugar, molasses, light char, graham cracker pie crust and caramel candies. Flavor has a surprisingly strong bittersweet cocoa flavor up front with some lightly astringent burnt coffee. Alcohol is noticeable in the middle and finish. As it warms a bit, I can pick up some toasted grains and light oak notes amongst the rich dark malts - grilled banana starts popping up in the nose as well. Overall, I found this leaned a bit too much towards the harsh, burnt cocoa and heavy roast that - by itself - isnít necessarily bad, but doesnít seem to mesh well with the Belgian yeast. Share with a few friends on some cold winter night - a bomber was a bit too much (flavor-wise) for me, personally.
ChainGangGuy (4272) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Bottle Conditioned in 2012.
Appearance: Pours a black body with a tall, churning, tan head thatís steadily, slowly flattens out. A few stray dots of lace.
Smell: Initial sniffs revealing well-roasted malt, charred breadcrusts, and bitter chocolate. A vinous presence, noted notes of ripe banana, spice, and, upon warming, even some half-chewed bubblegum. Incredibly subdued barrel-aging quality in the nose, which could be easily missed, if not specifically mentioned on the bottleís label.
Taste: Roasty, toasty, and chocolaty, but not quite as hard or bitter as Iíd anticipated from the nose. Dark fruits leaning towards plums, also a fair amount of banana. Light spicing. Growing chocolaty tone, along with the barrel character, which Iíll assume was only a small portion, as itís fairly subtle. Some bitterness, some alcoholic warmth. Chocolaty, spicy, fruity finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Itís not exactly thin, but itís not the thickest brew around.
Overall: While not loved, it was well-liked.
Theydon_Bois (6468) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at ChrisO tasting, thanks to Peter and his mother in law Myrna, 30/12/12.
Hazed dark mahogony brown with a thin tan head that clears to the edge.
Nose carries dark malts, dark fruits, wood, spice, booze.
Taste comprises dark malt, bread, rye, spice, wood notes, dark fruits and sugars.
Medium bodied with soft carbonation leading to a bitter dry finish.
PorterPounder (5102) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 22 oz bomber. Dark ruby red fading to black pour with a medium thick but persistent khaki colored head that leaves some lacing. Aroma has some light vanilla accents, some fresh potting soil, a bit of day old coffee. Full bodied flavor with some light licorice notes, a bit of fresh potting soil, a touch of vanilla and some back end black end coffee notes. Mouthfeel has a nice dryness to it. Superb and not overdone - nice one to bring in the New Year!
jcos (1414) - Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location/Date:Bottle on December 29th, 2012 from Lucas.
Appearance: Pours a dark opaque with some light around the sides.
Aroma: Aroma of mostly bourbon.
Taste: Roasty, some chocolate, vanilla, caramel, but a ton of boron.
Palate:Medium body, lingering aftertaste.
Summary: Maybe Iím sensitive to bourbon beers but I have liked others. This was decent but too much on the bourbon side as one could guess from reading my notes.
Kco (50) - USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color with creamy head that stood up, with good laceing. Flavor of fruit and caramel. A clean after taste though slightly sour. A good brew but not quite to my taste.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Date: December 26, 2012
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: opaque brown, scant head
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma, touch of fruityness, light tartness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, drying earthyness, touch of bourbon adds sweetness, oaky, fruity
Overall: more oaky and bitter than sour
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4