jake65 (3696) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - FEB 3, 2009
Bottle: Dark brown, near black pour with a finger of creamy brown head. Aroma is sweet and chocolate laced with a bit of the roast and coffee shining through. Flavor is rich and chocolatey sweet with some lingering roast and espresso. A bit more sweetness that regular chocolate, maybe thats the cane sugar? Silky, smooth, and delicious. Really quite terrific. Thanks Immy. tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2009
Bomber thanks to Butters. 1808 / 2007. Pours quite dark black with small tan head. The aroma is dark fruits and rum, with hints of smoke, vanilla, and chocolate. The flavor is ashen roastiness, rum, prune, toffee, and a strong earthy finish. There’s a bit of an oaky sourness, and not really any alcohol noticeable. The aftertaste is long and burnt. Pretty good. Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 11, 2009
22oz bottle #1691 of 2007, from Swolf3, another big thanks to Steven. Dark black pour with a nice brown head. Sweet aroma of vanilla, toffee, some dark fruits almost bourbony. Sweet flavor as well with previously mentioned smells, also some dark chocolate bitterness. This was very good, I could see this being outstanding in a barrel. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2009
22oz. Bottle (#1686 of 2007): Aroma of roasted malts, soy sauce, chocolate, slight alcohol, sugar, caramel, toffee, and some smoke. Poured black in color with a small to medium-sized brown head that diminished into a nice, lasting film. Opaque. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is medium to heavily sweet. Tastes of sugar, chocolate, roasting, malts, coffee, cream, smoke, slight alcohol, wood, toffee, caramel, and some soy sauce. Full body. Thick, sticky, coating texture. Soft to average carbonation. Sweet, smokey, sugar, caramel, and roasted malt finish is a bit chalky. nearbeer (5424) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 5, 2009
2007 vintage bomber #1537. Thanks to Butters. Opaque with a creamy quarter-inch of lasting foam. Sugary swiss cheese lacing all over the pint. Aroma of creamy chocolate and caramel with some light espresso and hints of oak. Front flavors of caramel, bittersweet chocolate and espresso with cream. Middle turns to espresso and bittersweet cocoa. Finish is dried nicely by the cocoa and coffee and has some faint notes of tobacco, vanilla, whiskey and oak barrel. Heavy body is extremely smooth, chewy-sticky and roasty-dry. Dangerously drinkable dessert.
SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2008
This poured black in color with a moderate light brown head. Aromas were of sweet dark fruit (plum, fig), vanilla, toffee, chocolate and roasted malt. In the mouth it was medium-bodied, rich and sweet with lots of bitter roast flavors. There was low carbonation and the finish was somewhat muddled and dirty. brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2008
22oz bottle sent to me in trade. 100/2007. Rich chocolate looking pour with minimal head. The aroma is rich with coffee, toffee, and roasted grains. The aroma is in no way misleading about the flavor. Roasted grains, coffee grounds, a touch of cola and chocolate. Very rich. Full bodied with a slick mouth feel. Did I mention that I thought this was a “rich” brew. I’m not sure I got that across;-) Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2008
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and Blankboy, courtesy of Harry. Bottle 0530 of 2007. Alcohol, burnt sugar, cola aroma. Black dark tanned head. Interesting taste - strong porter,, strong alcohol, ,weird sweetness/tang. Too strong but still very flavourful. An interesting take on the style. kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Bottle coutesy of nimbleprop.
Pours a light browns with a frothy brown head. Aroma is lightly sweet with coffee, roast, molasses and just a hint of smoke. Flavor is roast, smoke, caramel, molasses and light chocolate. Medium body, very creamy texture. Medium semi dry finish.
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - OCT 3, 2008
Thanks to MuenchenerKindl for this great extra. Bottle 462 poured into my Maudite glass produced a big tan head that trailed of to a thick lace. This ale had one of the darkest body’s I have seen in a while. I guess its time to get used to them for the fall
Big chocolate and roasted malts notes as well as almost a brown sugar smell must be the Rapadou.
The flavors of roasted malts dark chocolate and smoke hit me first then a little sweetness sneaks in as well. Very thick mouth feel creamy in some ways not much carbonation. Flavors get much better as it warms
I am enjoying this bomber quite nicely. I will have no problem finishing this one off but not a session brew by any means. Thanks again Tom.
Edit I think the age of the bottle must be taming the alcohol because it is not noticeable at all till it hits you