ryecatcher (924) - South Side of Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours an opaque, charred brown color with a wisp of mocha colored head, not much in the way of lacing. Nose is malt, raisins, vanilla and toffee. Mouth is mild sweetness, dried fruit (figs, dates, raisins and cherries), cocoa, some vanilla, brown sugar, a hint of barrel and a balancing tanginess. Slightly warm finish. Decent.
Leighton (13187) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at ChrisO Holiday Tasting, London - thanks to The Peter’s mother-in-law (Myrna?). Pours dark brown with a fine, tan cream head. Dark bread malt nose, hints of Belgian candi sugar, dry cocoa. Medium to strong sweet flavor, some light dry cocoa, candi sugar, rich toast, light smoke, roasted malts. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming to finish with moderate earthy bitterness, dry cocoa, toasty sugars, brown sugar, rich dark bread. Very tasty, nice bitterness offsets the dark sugars. Great balance overall. I loves the Smuttynose.
NikkTwist (1867) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Monks Cafe. Opaque pour with a foamy tan head that left some runny lace. Black caramel ash. Coffee grounds. Cigarettes. Brazil nuts. Unsweetened chocolate. Bourbon barrel tannins. Medium full palate. Feels oddly juicy towards the end after such dark dry opening notes.
jtclockwork (9999) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Paul’s "Blind" imperial stout tasting. Pours black with tan head. Nose and taste of tobacco, dark fruit, vanilla, roast chocolate malt and coffee. Medium body.
Dogbrick (9085) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell on 01/03/2013. Deep dark brown color with a minimal tan head that dissipates quickly to an outer ring. Spotty lacing. Aroma of coffee and fruit. Medium body with flavors of chocolate malt, coffee and berries. The finish is roasty with a short malty aftertaste. Decent overall.
sfontain (830) - 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 (4559) - 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 Flowers’ 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 (4005) - Durham, 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 (1867) - 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 - isn’t necessarily bad, but doesn’t 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 (4482) - 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 that’s 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 bottle’s label.
Taste: Roasty, toasty, and chocolaty, but not quite as hard or bitter as I’d 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 I’ll assume was only a small portion, as it’s fairly subtle. Some bitterness, some alcoholic warmth. Chocolaty, spicy, fruity finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. It’s not exactly thin, but it’s not the thickest brew around.
Overall: While not loved, it was well-liked.