barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
picked up a bomber at Applejackís while in Colorado last June and shared at a recent tasting. Iím not always a big fan of over-the-top coffee type stouts, but this one was good. strong aroma of coffee, but the flavors were a nice blend of coffee, roasted malts and with enough hops to tie it all together nicely.
heemer77 (5104) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks for sharing, Duane. The body was black with a yellow and khaki colored head. The aroma was coffee with some bread crust. The taste was light coffee with some hints of peaches. There was also a bit of roasted almonds. Nice and balanced, I enjoyed this one.
Kevin (2091) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 15, 2006
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
tap at the brewery. dark almost pitch black with a brown head. amazing coffee nose, like being in a nice coffee house with a bowl of chocolate ice cream. smooth wet coffee flavor with light caramel & a chocolate finish. bitter coffee flavor works so well in this.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was simply delicious. Pours a murky dark dark brown, with a rich tan head. Aroma of freshly brewed coffee goodness, nice and roasty. Flavors has some rich toffee flavors, along with some tasty fruits covered in cocoa dustiness. Rich chocolately goodness, a very drinkable stout!
BBB63 (6087) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber bottle via Ernest and served in my Expedition snifter: Pours nearly opaque with some reddish highlights topped by a small and fading frothy tan head and produced above average lacing. The aroma is a nicely aromatic coffee, chocolate, vanilla, prune, a hint of smoke, and notes of grassy hops. The taste starts as expected with a lot of coffee flavor on top of a sweet malt base. The hops have a resin and grassy character and had to the bitter finish. The aftertaste is ashy and a tad metallic. The mouth feel needs improvement, too watery and thin for the flavor profile to support (maybe a addition of oat would help) All told it is a very drinkable coffee brew due to the coffee flavor freshness. I would have it again, a rare refreshing summer stout.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ brewpub: Muddy dark pour with a meager, creamy head. Heavy malt aroma is tempting roasted coffee and molasses. More roasted coffee in the body is matched nicely with notes of charcoal, wood and smoke. Unlike other coffee stouts I have tried, the java here is natural, subtle and not forced or bitter. The brewer said he concoted a cold cocktail with locally roasted beans and added to the secondary a week before transferring to the serving tanks. This process seems to work nicely, creating a smooth, drinkable stout that is rich with coffee flavor and balanced with chocolate malts. Really good and complex.
Braudog (5838) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2013 4 oz sample at the brewery, 4/15/06: Verrrrrry nice. Pleasant little twist on coffee/mocha flavors. Good alternative to coffee for breakfast. One of the two best here at TPBC. Iíd buy again! <<Actually I did, on 2/22/2009 ... in the bottle. Pure coffee aroma and 100% coffee character. Ultimate coffee beer I think Iíve ever tasted. Excellent and upgraded rating>>
Ratman197 (9961) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber poured a nearly opaque brownish black with a small brown head. Aromas of COFFEE, roasted malt, hints of cocoa and a bit of vanilla. Palate waslight to medium bodied. Flavors of coffee, bitter chocolate, and roasted malt with a smooth lingering bitter coffee finish.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma gets my coffee-loving tail wagging, but there isnít enough support from the flavor and palate to keep up the momentum. The beer pours a nearly opaque, very dark brown color with a large, frothy, tan, mostly and quickly diminishing head. The aroma is malty with moderate notes of roasted grain, heavy notes of genuine dark-brewed coffee and light notes of milk chocolate; hoppy with a light note of resin/pine; yeasty with a light note of damp basement. The flavor is lightly sweet and moderately bitter with a long, lightly bitter, lightly acidic finish accompanied by roasty retros. The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is softer-than-average.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a small brown head, small bubbles. Pretty much opaque. Aroma is a light cream, coffee/espresso beans. Taste is a creamy, vanilla laden coffee taste, mild roastiness. Finish is bitter, slightly dry and just a touch too sour for me. Like most coffee beers, this one is pretty much dominated by the coffee bean, donít expect too much from the malts and especially the hops. Body was just a little too light for the style, should be more full. Somewhat one-diminsional, but for a coffee beer it wasnít too bad.