Westmeister (1434) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2013 22oz bomber - Before rating this brew, I just want to say that I appreciate Sweetwater for making affordable brews. Also, nice name to this one. Pours a clear, but dark ruby/brown with off-white head that quickly diminishes to a bubbly ring. Smell heavy on the caramel malts with swirling dark fruits and some booze and earthiness. Taste is chalkly caramel malts, sweet hard candy, dark fruits, bitter than most old ales I’ve had, a vinous note creeps in. The booze is just noticable which is not a bad thing in my opinion. I also think this has to be one of the biggest beers Sweetwater has made (research shows 2nd biggest taking out the Quad’s variations). Medium with fine carbonation. Overall, at the price, I will most likely be buying a couple more to hold on to for a bit. I think this one shows some characteristics that could become more pronouced as it ages. (plus we don’t get to many ageable beers around these parts).
mathieuc (919) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to AlexFields, thanks! Pours a somewhat light brown with a weak head that leaves zero lacing. Nose is of caramel and booze, slight hops. Reminescent of a barleywine more than an old ale. Taste is sweet but not cloying, with toffee and caramel flavors and a bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden but still warms you plenty. Body is medium-full, mouthfeel sticky. Not bad but I’ve seen better.
wedgie9 (1737) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted on 1/19/14 from a capped 650mL bomber bottle purchased at Midtown. Pours a very dark auburn that lets just a bit of light through with an average beige head that slowly recedes to average lace. The nose is bread, toffee, and caramel malt with a roasted note and just a bit of hops bitterness. The flavor is a bit more bitter and dry than the nose suggested, but it is still all about the caramel, toffee, and bread malt with the bitterness coming through with a bit of hops and some roast. The body is full with average carbonation and a long roasted bitter and malty finish.
DocJitsu (693) - Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear dark amber color with a creamy, one-finger, beige head. Nice, rich lacing around the insides of the glass. Christmas pull candy nose. Soft, creamy, microscrubby mouthfeel. Christmas pull candy and hard butterscotch candy flavors.
Phatdog1 (167) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber compliments of TJ. Poured into 4 equal samplers. Red liquid with a small off white head. Aroma of molasses, hops, earth & toffee. Wild flavor, a mix of sweet up front with bitter finish. Notes of toffee & booze. This is one crazy a$$ brew!
finn1918 (189) - Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle bought about a year ago. Pours a dark brown/amber with about 2 fingers of tan head that lasts for a good while. Aroma is caramel malts and some old hops. Taste is very much the same: tons of caramel sweetness and a very mild bitter finish. Becomes much more enjoyable as it warms to about 50 degrees. Thick mouthfeel. Overall, this is a decent old ale for a very reasonable price. Haven’t seen it in stores for over eight months, however.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(22oz bottle) Pours a hazy amber-brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of caramel, earth, and fruit. Flavor of caramel, dark fruit, toffee, brown sugar, light pine.
Ibrew2or3 (6436) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber, courtesy of markwise, pours with a murky deep mahogany looking body that has amber edges and supports a sixty second tan head. The aroma offers up nice musty sweet dark fruity esters, sweet caramel, thick sugary sweet malts and then a decent barleywine booziness near the end of the draw. The taste starts smooth with a sweet soft base of malts and caramel malts that support prunes, cherries and ripe figs. These notes slide toward the finish with an old school mildly harsh straight up booziness that makes me reminisce of the boozy old school 9% barleywines. I love barleywine.
daknole (8327) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown color, cream colored head. Molasses, dates, raisins, brow sugar cookies.
SudsMcDuff (5643) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
How did they get my likeness on the label? How?? .. . Pours out bruin .. Medium in the foams .. . Rich molasses and warmed cognac .. Rich mouth .. . A bit to boozy to be smooth but still nice .. . . Why take a rabbit to a vet?
Ratman197 (8828) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber courtesy of CraftBeerDesign (thanks Geoff) poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of toasted malt, earthiness, light toffee and light prunes. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of toasted malt, toffee, earthiness and light cocoa with a smooth lingering earthy finish.