BucannonXC5 (1436) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Sea Smoke oversized wine glass
From: Cherokee Market Beer & Wine in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: Aug. 16, 2013
Consumed: Aug. 17, 2013
Misc.: Born date of July 16, 2013 (I think)
Poured a purplish dark brown color, almost black, with less than a finger of tan head. Below average lacing on the sides of the glass. Average retention.
Smelled caramel, toffee, wood, strong alcohol, bourbon, roasty nuts, dark chocolate and faint roasted coffee beans.
First taste made me grimace, followed by a second one that was a little better. Got walnuts (maple?), pecans, mixed nuts, toffee, caramel, molasses, bourbon, faint vanilla and dark chocolate. I guess the alcohol is pretty well-hidden, considering itís 13 percent. Still tastes strong, but not 13 percent.
Full-to-medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Soft carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish.
I thought this was just OK. It never really got better for me. I wonít try it again.
Meilby (10970) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens, Escondido, CA
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, alcohol and dried fruits. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium sweet with a long caramel and fruity finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
yngwie (16523) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Stone 17th anniversary festival. Black more or less, with a small tan head. Alcohol, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and hints of banana in the aroma. Superbly soft and velvety, warming mouthfeel. Chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and banana flavor, long finish. Sure nice when drinking it now, a bit less interesting later on. 130817
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2013 Bottle at Brewdown. Pours black with brown head. Nose and taste of toasted pecan, roast chocolate, oak, vanilla, bourbon and rye. Full bodied. Thick mouthfeel.
dctriman (59) - USA - AUG 17, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I really like this beer. Great flavor. Perfectly barrel aged. Definitely a complex flavor. Smooth with the right amount of alcohol bite.
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber, pours jet black with a tan head, Sweet aromas of cocoa, molasses, oak, and hints of nuts. Flavor is really sweet upfront with lots of roasted malts and chocolate coming through initially. I donít get as much of the pecan character as I thought I would and the bourbon character is good but if the whole batch was aged in bourbon barrels I donít think that would be a bad thing. The abv is a little hot on the finish but some time spent cellaring would probably calm that down a little. Overall, a solid brew and an interesting concept.
BeerZack (288) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black with smallish tan head that sticks around, but doesnít lace much. Smells pretty hot and boozy right now. I get mostly alcohol, circus peanuts and gumdrops with some dark chocolate and espresso in there also. Hot and hoppy on the palate, almost burns on the finish. Boozy and bitter with hint of chocolate. Probably be really good with time - right now, kinda tough. 8/16/13
TheGB (578) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a thin brown head. Sweet aroma of malt and tootsie rolls? Taste of pecans, malt and raisins. Pretty different and interesting, but kinda sweet.
gorditoabd (635) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Bev4Less. Pours very dark black, almost no foam, literally, it looks syrupy in the glass. No bubbles. Nothing. Aroma is subdued and faint of dark malt. Not surprisingly the taste is all dark fruit, a touch of wheat (must be midnight wheat) and a little bit of sweet chocolate and anise. Itís good, complex, and boozy as all get out. And, at the same time, I am underwhelmed. Maybe itís just me.
Guerde (1288) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bomber from Sparky, thanks E!) Pours a jet black color with a large dark tan head that resembles espresso crema. Aromaís fairly subdued right off the bat, but whatís there is really nice, with a good combo. of chocolate, roasted nuts, bourbon, and rye really blending together into something nice. Smells breakfast-like. Gets richer, roastier, and spicier as it warms. Barrel shining through. The flavor is pretty straightforward imperial stout, with some dark chocolate, roasted malt, and spicy rye, but the finish is where this beer really shines as it goes through several stages and lasts very long. The finish begins with a sharp kick of spicy rye, which meanders along snap pea territory, but doesnít quite get there. Following that is peanut brittle, espresso, and dark chocolate. The third stage is a heat from the booze content welling up in the back of your throat, but itís subtle and warm so it doesnít detract from the finish. The final stage is a lingering flavor of roasted nuts (pecans) with some barrel as well. This final stage lasts the longest and is quite pleasant. The mouthfeel is super smooth and slick, and the carbonation is almost cask-esque. Overall this is an excellent beer that I really didnít expect to like this much. Well done.