Westmeister (2129) - 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 Iíve 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 Quadís 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 donít get to many ageable beers around these parts).
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good to see the boys (Iím sure) at Sweetwater still have a boyís sense of humor. This was a bottle shared by my brother-in-law. Pours clear brownish red with a small beige head. Nose shows caramel, toffee, figs and prunes, burnt candied sugar, and some citrusy hop presence buried under it all. Taste adds a slight earthy character. Dry palate. Surprisingly good, and very drinkable for the abv. Good deal.
TomTron (451) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a murky brown with a thin off-white head. Aromas of chocolate, dark fruits, and toffee that seem to fade away. Taste has a decent amount of caramel and toffee in it as well some slight fruit notes and a faint amount of earthy hops that linger. Definitely feel the warmth in the stomach from this one and the legs in the glass are running well. Finishes dry and has a mouth watering effect. Overall this is a pretty solid offering but the best thing about it might be the gnarly bottle art. CHEERS!
NachlamSie (3210) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Downtown Wine. This seemed more like a barleywine to me. Starting with the brown color to the aroma of toffee, bread and alcohol. Hops are significant, but not powerful. They impart a pineapple-esque citrus. The flavor is boozy with a sweet finish. Iím not sure what the twist is to categorize this as an old ale. Decent beer. I might actually agree with allowing it to age a bit.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This old ale has a dark, dark amber, almost brown in color and a white head that makes for a nice contrast. The aroma is so weird... blame the hops? What do we do? Aaaah.. the DANK! Yes, it smells dank, and sort of woody. Itís such a weird smell. As my friend Wes mentioned, these guys can brew anything they want and can get away with it. And just because they brew it, it tastes better than if any other brewer made it. Name matters when you have street cred. Hops and some weird, woody, perhaps a yeasty character controls. As weird as it smells, it tastes really mellow, with mostly just a low-caramel, malty, slightly hoppy flavor. Itís very mellow. As odd as it seems, they pulled it off well. Still enjoyable, as weird as it is!
drowland (7803) - Georgia, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/31/13. On tap at JP Henleyís. Unclear brown pour, lots of ambers and red under the light, basically no head. Sweet aroma with caramel, a touch of fruitiness, and almost a certain nuttiness. Lightly sweet flavor, but itís oddly very welcome... I canít describe it, but Iím digging the sweet fruitiness, caramel, and light nuttiness. The alcohol is hidden well. Tasty!
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brewvival Trip Beer 70. Draft at Taps, Summerville, SC. Pours a hazy amber color with a thin off-white head. Fair head retention. Aroma of raisin, toffee, pale crackery malts, citrus. The taste is toffee, candied citrus, earth. Medium bodied. 100th Georgia rating!
Kinz (3709) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slutfest! Perhaps the perfect label and name for this party. Medium amber, clear, nice head. Raisin and caramel aroma. Flavor is a match, very rich, just a touch of dusty hops on the finish. Good, but I wish the hops hadnít shown up.
Ratman197 (12814) - 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.
SudsMcDuff (7802) - .....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?