koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Three Floyds has long been a brewery Iíve had a fascination with. Probably because of the lack of distribution on the east coast and because they have a reputation of delivering a high quality line of products.
Alpha Kong should be called a Really Strong Pale Ale considering its 15% ABV!
Appearance: Quite orange to copper in appearance with a 2 finger foam head that dissipates rapidly leaving the tiniest swirl. My bottle was very carbonated and produced lush bubbles.
Smell: Lots going on in the nose including bubblegum, banana, candied sugar, and alcohol.
Taste: Same as smell. Alcohol tinge is a bit strong for my liking but still the flavor is impressive considering its 15% ABV. Candied Sugar and Banana upfront then alcohol warmth dominates.
Mouthfeel: Sticky and fuller in body than I expected. What is most surprising to me is how much carbonation the head showed during the pour vs. how little carbonation is in the brew while you drink it.
Drinkability: I only gave it a 4.0 because its very drinkable for a 15% ABV brew. Its still a sipper though and Iíd say having more than one 22oz bomber in a night would spell out trouble for me. Next time I have this brew I will wait until I can share it amongst guests.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-26-2008
walrussell (162) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle from 2007 or 2008) Too sweet, too alcoholic - but for if you know this one is going to be slow and contemplative, pretty good. Honey caramel doughiness with a present but pleasant alcohol backing. Some banana and bubblegum - but really it hits you with a solid punch of intensity.
AgedOak (99) - Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bomber, thanks to jsquire. Dark caramel in color with small amount of off white head. Rich yeasty aroma. Very little carbonation Honey sweetness dominates this belgian strong ale almost to the point of being over the top, with some bready malts. The ABV is well hidden initially but as it warms the alcohol becomes very warming. This is a HUGE belgian, just not my favorite.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Massive thanks to oldstylecubsfan for passing this one along.
Pours a hazy caramel brown that shows bright orange in the light, with a small off-white head that doesnít leave much lacing, just some sticky legs after each sip.
The aroma is massively sweet - vanilla, caramel, bananas, booze-soaked plums, caramelized sugar, fruity ester galore. Itís all surrounded by the ever-present alcohol presence.
The taste is just as huge, definition of a sipper. Itís got the shockingly sweet molasses and caramel backbone with chewy sugary fruits just exploding on the palate. The finish has a hint of wood but much, much more than a hint of alcohol.
The mouthfeel is thick, chewy and, of course, sugary sweet.
This is a seriously big beer with tons of flavors (mostly sweet) fighting for attention with the alcohol. Iím not sure Iíd peg it at 15%, but it definitely feels higher than 10%. In that respect, itís fairly drinkable for the ABV, but I wouldnít recommend chugging this one...or really even drinking the bomber by yourself. Overall, itís an excellent beer.
madmitch76 (17487) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
14th December 2008. Hazy dark brown beer, no head. Low carbonation. Aroma of malt and port. Sweet start - intense toffee and bubblegum with a little spicy port wine. Dry aniseedy warming finish. Some estery peach and banana tones as well. A complex and very tasty treat!
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber- pours a deep hazy orange/copper with a smallish head- lasts a bit. Aroma is citrusy, grassy, tons of thick sweet honey, very sweet toffee, big bready malts, toast, and some alcohol heat. Flavor is fruity- pear and peach, hoppy, earthy grassy orange zest, Belgian phenolics and bit fruity esters- light apple as well- huge honey sweetness, syrupy, bready and doughy pils and pale malts. Alcohol is apparent, but lots going on- not too bad.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle:   Caramel in color, slight ruby hue, hazy, small spritzy off-white head, dies quickly, sparce lacing.   Heavy Tripelesque like aroma, bready, slight biscuit, dull floral aspects.   Fairly similar on the tongue.
Wow, this one is really really meaty.   It is very viscous and thick.   Warming but not alcoholic.   Sweet, quite sweet, almost over the top.   Body and mouthfeel are quite big.   Thick and syrupy on the finish,
warming, very warming.   This is very much like an Imperial Tripel or something.   Could be hard to finish for most, but not for this pro.   Finishes very much like a high octane kick in he nutz.   This one is pretty much
just over the top.   Its like a Belgian Tripel on steroids.   Many thanks to JPDIPSO for the bottle!
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bomber - thanks TAR!! slight pop and pours murky dark orange; very abrasive with heavy booze in the nose and flavor; mixed with oranges, grain, lemons and booze; overly strong and boozy; did I say boozy? the fact that I still drank the whole thin by myself on a wednesday night is proof of my drinking problem
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from shawnm213, thanks for knocking this off my want list after along time on it. Rating #255. Dark orange color, with a kind of dull glow to it. Very potent and rich aroma, very heavy duty. Sweet, big grain flavor, really hard to describe and not nearly as hot as I though it would be. )
daknole (10112) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Finally I got to try it! Thanks to ogglethorp. Pours an amber color with a beige head. Aroma is spicy, yeasty, fruit and some alcohol. Big huge beer, tons of spice and some caramel and brown sugar notes. A bit too hot. I think this one would age nicely.