jcwattsrugger (10000) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 1 #448/516-22 oz bottle-pours a big foamy light brown head and black color. Aroma is rich/sweet dark malt/oat. Taste is rich/sweet/chocolate/molasses/roasty dark malt/oat, slight earthy hops. Soft carbonation.
Ughsmash (6669) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 18, 2011
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bomber, #256 of 516, bottled 2/11/10. Poured black with a tall, dense rich tan head.. looked great in the glass! The aroma picked up burnt coffee and fresh grassy hops with a lot of roast and not a lot of honey evident.. deeper, chocolatey sugars increased as it warmed up.. I rather enjoyed it. The flavor opened with soured medicinal and herbal notes.. not a good thing.. some burnt coffee, dank vegetal, and cardboardey notes at the core.. metallic-ly sour fruits and roast on the long, bitter, tacky finish.. not good. Medium-bodied, roasty, and very bitter on the palate.. didnít flow well at all.. the honey gave some sugary heft, but not much flavor or aroma.. I couldíve done without this.
Glouglouburp (5568) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2011
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
In short: A mess
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed 10 months after bottling date
The look: Very dark brown body. The initially large tan head is short-lived and leaves little lacings on the glass.
In long: The nose is far from intense and has notes of cold black coffee, burnt cake and cigarette butt. So far it is ok. Taste is a letdown (well, not really a letdown since it is a White Birch beer). First the mouthfeel. Body is very slim for an 8% beer and over-carbonated which makes it feel airy and empty. Taste of cold black coffee, lots of milk chocolate, wet over-used dish cloth, dry caramel, oily peanuts, running shoes (really!), dry brownies, grape juice, and I could go on and on. It didnít even taste infected, it just tasted like an amateurish mess. It was bad but not awful, which puts it as an average White Birch. The one good thing I could say is that the alcohol was very well hidden. But with the light body and since this is White Birch and these clowns donít have a clue what they are doing I suspect this was in fact a 5% beer. A lame amateurish beer. And to think that I bought a bunch of different White Birch at the store. Now I hate it when I lose my keys and I look everywhere for them because Iím afraid I might find an unopened White Birch bottle.
markwise (3803) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2010
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this one down. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nose is unsweet chocolate, spices, some plums, roast, and a char character with some yeastiness. Flavor is similar with dry chocolate, a bit of honey, and this dry, acetone-like yeast romping all over what would be a decent beer otherwise. Finish tries to leave some chocolate and honey, but winds up with more acetone-like yeast.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 12, 2010
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bomber, courtesy 4.4-40. Batch 1, bottled on 02/11/2010, bottle #58 of 516. The pour yields a thin, translucent, dark mahogany body with a reddish tint at the edges. A thick, frothy, tan colored head of foamy bubbles leaves broken sheets of lacing that stick hard to the glass. The aroma is of stale coffee, dry cocoa roast, burnt honey, and bone dry, twangy yeast. Thereís a hint of soured lactose in there as well, fouling things up something fierce. Flavors might even be worse, showing days-old coffee grounds, cardboard, spent milk, and cocoa powder. Yuck. Hinting at infection, the palate is dry, thin, overly carbonated, and very papery. Like every other White Birch beer Iíve had, this stuff is awful. Itís far from their worst (the Belgian Style Pale is the worst beer on the planet), yet itís still hardly fit for sale, in my opinion.
dmac (3166) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the BA gatering, sorry RB community,they were nice though. Poured a deep black body with an averge to large foamy beige head. Aomra is burnt yet sweet with notes of black toast, molasses, chocolate syrup and a hint of smoke. Fuller bubbly body with strong carbontion. Flavor of cocolate candy, vailla extract, dried pudding skin tops, wet burnt toast. Really well done stout that wasso dark, roasty and complex that I though it was an Impy.
auerbrau (2953) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 21, 2011
1.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
22oz Bottle. Wretched foul beer. Overly sweet and infected and sour in a bad, foot smelling way. I canít believe people pay money for this stuff. The sourness is unbridled raw lacto and enteric bacteria. The sugar in this is heavy and unfortunate. The sample I had tainted my glass after two rinses and another beer. Ugh.
BuckeyeBoy (2178) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz Bottle batch #1 385 of 516 Thanks to JohnGalt1. Pours out black topped with a small tan head. Aroma was of rich malts, molasses, smoke, chocolate, and some vanilla. Taste is much as the aroma with a good amount of sweetness and chard wood.
fata2683 (2165) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
bottle(thanks Tony!) at Morrieís tasting(12Nov10)pours thick black with a thin tan head. Aroma is roasty, funky in a dirty diaper way. Stinky stuff. Earthy and dry flavors, this is all over the place but I kept thinking potting soil and thin coffee.
oteyj (2114) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Massive black pour with a huge frothy tan head. The aroma is lactic roast, espresso-coffee, light milk chocolate, and some woody ash. The flavor is massively roasty and bitter- loads of char and burnt malt. Very smooth honey sugar notes come in by the middle of the quaff, but the after taste is pure delectable charcoal. Bill is lucky I love char... The flavor is medium to full- lots of silky smooth quaffibility with bitter astringent roast that is quite welcomed. Nicely done Bill.