JBPortland (1492) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle pours inky brown black with a finger of tan head. Nose is rich earthy dirt, bark, spice, coffee, molassess sweetness, cocoa, bitter burnt chocolate, roast. Palate is silky soft and holds all the complexities of the nose with a nice earthy sweetness which compliments the dark fruity spices without becoming cloying. Finish is spice cocoa, ash, dark fruit, sweet molasses. Very impressed and would love to see what barrel aging could do to this.
AWISLguy (2652) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Drake - thanks Dan! 6 4 14 bottle date. Pours dark cola colored - almost black but for the brown highlights - with an early brown head that faded to nothing quickly, leaving no lacing. Aroma has sweet molasses, chocolate, simple sugar and some roast. Later down the glass, the molasses is stronger, and some anise and brown sugar show through. Taste is of sweet milk chocolate, molasses, caramel and brown sugar with roasty malts and light licorice. Down in the glass, the sweetness overwhelms everything else. Medium to full bodied and sticky. Not much alcohol presence. Finishes long and more sweet than bittersweet, with tangy anisette. Solid flavors, but too sweet to be top notch. 14.3
Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep brown color with a thin creamy brown head. Aroma is sweet, toffee, roasted malts. Flavor is huge roasted malts, toffee, molasses, caramel. Medium body with a long lingering sweet roasted malts. Very tasty.
Dogbrick (11889) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at the DBLDP on 08/31/2014. Dark mahogany color with a medium tan head that diminishes steadily. Partial rings of lacing. Roast malt, coffee and caramel in the nose. Medium to full body with flavors of roasted coffee, chocolate malt and toffee. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
Travlr (22073) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Nice roasty chocolatey aroma, more cocoa and tiast in the flavor. Light to medium body.
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Date stamp of 6 2 14. 22 oz bomber into a tulip. Pours a pitch black with a finger of clinging khaki foam. Nose is roast, chocolate, sweet vanilla, faint dark fruits and some caramel. Taste is a nice balance of light roasted coffee, chocolate, sweet vanilla and some earthy toffee. Creamy body but doesn’t linger forever. This is a very good porter.
nimbleprop (7635) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle of the 2014 edition, weighing in at 8.5% abv. Pours a watery, but translucent deep brown with some foamy, off white head. Nose has a lot of chocolate and plenty of molasses, licorice too, some toast, a hint of booze, some dried fruit too, some cola. Flavor reminds me more of a milk stout that I would have though, some of that lacto sugar, molasses, less chocolate than the nose let on, a little toast, some distinct maraschino cherry. Full bodied, sticky finish.
hershiser2 (2343) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2015 $7.79 Bomber Bottle, Wine Warehouse, CHO.
Nearly black with a small beige head. Smells of coffee, toffee, caramel. Tastes of toffee, sugar, caramel, and metal. Light grasses and alcohol too.
kidobutai (650) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I added this beer because the "Rapadou Porter" currently in the database is designated as "Brewmaster’s Reserve", not "Brewer’s Choice", and the ABV of this beer is 8.5%, vice the 9.0% given for the "Reserve". Finally, the label is different.
I had to look up the word "Rapadou", and found it in the Creole Dictionary online -- "Solid rolls of brown sugar and molasses". Which sounds about as rich and delicious as this beer turned out to be. The color is dark dark brown, and the head is short-lived. Aroma is about as rich as a porter can be, and the taste of caramel and molasses is strong; drinking it at room table from a snifter, it feels much more like a bourbon than a beer.
jsquire (4219) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark beer with some ruby hints when held against the light. Short lived beige head. Thick nose of molasses and dark dried fruit. This is a full flavored porter with lots of dark brown sugar, molasses, raisin and dried fruit flavors with hints of ash and something almost smokey. Tasty beer.