HeadyDE (703) - Delaware, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bomber pour 1st of vertical 09-12..pours a dark brown slight black color..creamy tan head and nice amount of carbonation..comes across with coffee and porter like aromatic qualities..clearly getting the chocolate malt as stated via bottle..extremely smooth mouthfeel..very good stuff..best of the 09-12 series in my book..
ajnepple (4835) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle from Evergreen Discount into my Funkwerks glass. Black appearance with a small tan head. Aroma of vanilla, milk chocolate, licorice, banana, toasted malts, oak, Belgian yeast, fruity esters and a touch of spice. Similar flavor, malty and sweet with light bitterness. Medium to full body, pretty creamy mouth feel with soft carbonation. Pretty rich and complex, yet easy to drink. Each one of these I try is better than the last.
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured to NB globe during 06-10 VE tasting.
A: Dark, opaque, mocha head (single finger) which sticks around. Good lacing. Sticky appearence. Good looker.
S: Cocoa, malts, anise, cocoas, coffee. I would go on, but why waste my time - this is excellent!
T: Again: cocoa, malt, anise, coffee, back end vanilla from oak. Just outstanding.
M: Heavy, lower carb. Tacky. Viscous. Resonant.
D: This was the best of the bunch. Absolutely outstanding! I will be seeking more of this out.
Serving type: bottle
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On the Ninth Day of Christmas 2013 the beer gods gave to me . . . a nice surprise. Pours a dark brown black with a beige foam head. A very complex aroma. Starts with roast and cherries. Banana, vanilla, caramel, chocolate and candi sugar underneath. Sweet roasty chocolate taste with a nice hop layer for balance. Cherry and vanilla on the backend. Nice medium to thick mouthfeel. I am drinking this a year past the suggested drink by date. I do think it is a pinch past its peak which is a shame. But I am still really enjoying. Very good. Love the complexity.
EithCubes (5460) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another bomber from this series, was $7.99 from Sahara Mart back in the day. Nose is very sweet with jammy fruit, huge orange peel with heavy spice, brown sugared-caramel, earthy and very woody (it’s oak for sure), vanilla and sort of toasted chocolate, faded phenols. Pours a deep, dark brown-black with a large and rocky, dense light brown head. Taste is sultry, gorgeous chocolate, straightaway velvet that’s not too sweet, some cocoa nibs and light char, very faint ash and smouldering cinders that are just lovely. Light bitterness, light vanilla; the sweetness isn’t overbearing but is a little saccharine, and the wonderful fruit allures of the aroma are rudely backgrounded with chubby fingers. The citrus is backed off, as well, and the barrel seemed to have imparted more spicy character than the hops did resin or oil. Plump body is smooth all the way, dense in all aspects but carbonation, which is held to a minimum. Yeast activity also subdued, contributing here mostly feel and generic yeast flavor. A bit of a strange bird, this one, but reason for chocolate lovers to rejoice!
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle openers late 2013. Reddish brown, no head. The French oak is the star here. The aroma and flavor (almost like bacon??) comes through here. Love it. Also some light malt and sweet plum flavor. A cellar success.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled at RBSG. From notes. Coffee and chocolate dominate this bad boy. Wow, much better than I was expecting.
pushkinwow (2495) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Black with a mocha head. Chocolate, anise, some alcohol, quite smooth, some lactose, mild carbonation and moderate body, easy to drink, some vanilla sweetness but more bitter on the finish. Probably a little past its prime but still worth trying.
BazookaJoe (274) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a strong chocolate aroma. Sweet and flavorful body with notes of caramel and chocolate.
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DocJitsu (1570) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque, very dark brown with a tall, well-retaining root beer head. Butterscotchy-toffee nose. Pretty slick, medium- to full-body. A bit sticky on the lips. A bit of a sting around the edges of the tongue. Chocolate chip, a bit of raisin, and some oaky flavors. Pretty good.