nearbeer (3735) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Nearly opaque mahogany with a lasting film of creamy bubbles. Nose is clove, caramel, banana and chocolate. Taste is clove, cinnamon, dark toffee, raisins, chocolate, and banana. Finish is citrus, spicy yeast and light oak. Well hidden 11%. Medium body is smoothly carbonated, and sweet but not sticky.
nathan30533 (601) - Dahlonega, Georgia, USA - MAY 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smell of alcohol and taste a bit sweet. Redish in color with a lacing head.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
#2000 Cookout. Sample from a bottle shared by Suttree. Dark ruby brown-red, beige head. Aroma is raisiny, sweet, very malty, some hops, caramel. Taste is sweet, caramel, fruity, plum.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
These guys consistently make subpar brews a la terrapin. Here’s another one. If you’re gonna brew a quad, do it right. I’m tired of these second rate GA brewers. I’m moving to socal.
bconger (138) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAY 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Murky milk chocolate brown pour with a medium tan head. Aroma is really not present but I’m drinking out of a pint glass so go figure. Big flavora though. Big Candi sugar and toffee malts with a medium strength hoppy bite. Plenty of etoh.
dchmela (2640) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark hazy brown with a thin tan head. Chocolate, cherry, candied orange aroma. Sweet sugary, dark fruit and chocolate malt taste. Nice medium bodied with no flavors being over the top.
Suttree (5144) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark reddish mahogany, small beige head. Faint aroma, but what I can smell is sweet, with some yeasty notes and some basement notes, too. Flavor is crisp, with some clove, some hints of coffee, some banana, some dry white wine. Not bad.
bu11zeye (11943) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 20, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of toffee, raisins, caramel, bubblegum, and some chocolate. Flavor of raisins, chocolate, figs, caramel, earth, and toffee.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark mahogany in the glass but shows through as a clear deep copper when held up to light. There is a small, short-lived bubbly beige head that recedes to a collar.
The aroma is very sweet with candi sugar, caramelized fruits and sweet malts. Maybe some light spiciness as well, but the nose was predominantly sweet.
The taste is a bit more complex though it still has the dominant sugar-coated fruit backbone. The spices come out a bit more, especially in the finish where the palate is left tingling with a combination of spices and alcohol.
The mouthfeel is very lively with lots of carbonation which keeps the dominant sweetness from getting out of hand.
This is an excellent beer and I’d put it up there with Sweetwater’s best. Plus, any beer that even subtly honors the Brick Store is good in my book. A very sweet but drinkable Belgian.
NachlamSie (2769) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bomber from Bruisin’. I kind of wish Sweetwater would quit it with these Belgian styled beers. They are so adept at brewing truly American ales. The aroma on this one gives me pause. It lets me know this is probably another strong Belgian styled ale which is too sweet and is a yeast bomb. Hints at figs, dates, cardamom and sticky candy are noted. Many Americans interpret the Belgian style with more "beat you over the head" flavor and less finesse and subtlety. The flavor is really sticky, heavily yeasty, and too sweet. Dried, candied fruits like apricots are all over the place with light vegetal hints and overpowering spiced notes. Just not a fan of this one.