revolution2718 (383) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Black with small tan head. Nose is coffee, vanilla, chocolate. Taste in a lot of coffee, with vanilla, dark chocolate, bitter on the tail end. Sweet but not overly sweet. Decent amount of carbonation. Glad the coffee is there to balance the sweet.
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Bomber. Nose is full of fresh coffee, chocolate, and strong vanilla, and on the latter point a little medicinal but natural. Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Taste is perhaps strongest on the vanilla, actually somewhat overdone to my taste, with a coffee and vanilla liqueur base, plenty of warmth in the chest, some roast and chocolate with caramel and malty undertones. The coffee seems very more orange-handled diner than gourmet, and the nice prickling from the extended hopping contributes too little to compensate. Light and pleasant acidity, low bitterness, and probably a bit too sweet for me to finish the whole bomber, but the alcohol is well-claimed and the syrupy medium-full body is appropriate for character. Well-executed and clean, but I don’t like the recipe or conception. haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JAN 20, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep black color with a nice, tan head. Thick, roasted coffee aroma with a hint of vanilla. Very loud taste. Has a vanilla coffee kind of ring to it. Very potent. You can sense the power in the finish. An amazing porter. sitzds (318) - - JAN 19, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2015 2011 or ?12 vintage bomber pulled from the Seal Beach Beachwood BBQ cellar. Thanks to Vito for knowing this was in stock when talking trade. Poured into a tulip. Appearance is deep opaque black with a tall tan head that eaves some patches of lace. We debated which aromas/flavors might have faded in aging and were pleasantly surprised immediately after we started. Aroma is coffee-powered with roast malt, some cocoa, and vanilla (which we though may have faded most, but was still holding its own). No astringency or strong booziness to indicate the 10% abv. Taste is off the charts, like a delicately carbonated vanilla frappuccino. Full bodied, creamy, thick, and filling texture, soft carbonation, a touch of heat and bitterness underlie a sweet finish. cards04 (2943) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
Pours black with lots of great mocha head. Nice cold coffee aromas. Roasted coffee beans too. Taste is fantastic. Lots of great coffee with a nice maltiness to keep things balanced. Certainly not overly sweet and I can’t find the vanilla anywhere in this... but still a great beverage.
Clownoisseur (489) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Pours a dark brown, thin mocha head, vanishes quickly into very fine lacing. Aroma is of coffee, roasted malt and booze. The coffee is dominant upfront, but the vanilla and caramel undertones work in with the malt sweetness well, muting the booze a bit in the finish. Still, I get a bit of alcohol sting in the tail end. Very good porter, albeit a big one,. DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2014
This is worth every penny. Black in color with great coffee feeling and mild vanilla. Dark chocolate in the nose. Fantastic Ale!!! JasonNYC (25) - New York, USA - JAN 12, 2014
As a fan of imperial stouts but not always porters, this is a great *porter* rather than one of those porters that are good because they more resemble stouts. Has the lighter body of a porter, but there's nothing else light about it. Coffee? Definitely. (Actual coffee beans.) Vanilla? Clearly. (Actual vanilla beans.) Lots of other stuff going on, I'm sure, but I'll leave it with: a truly top-notch beer.
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P: Pitch black body with a cappuccino jiggly cream top. Delicate lace on edges.
S: Robust columbian coffee, vanilla potpourri, near burnt dark malt, pumpernickel bread, no bake cookies and astringent booze.
T/M: Huge vanilla extract presence hits the palate first then the coffee and chocolate cookies take over. Hints of smoke and charred molasses mingle with the velvety feel. Finishes semi dry with lingering espresso. Nice warming sensation.
O: Love it. A great impy porter that showcases both the vanilla and coffee in a circus of flavors for your mouth. It’s like having a cold triple shot if espresso with vanilla added. Highly recommended.
jake65 (4033) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle: Instantly strong notes of coffee and roast permeate the air, as soon as the cap comes off. Dark brown color with a modest tan head. The pour really ramps up the intensity of coffee in the air. Really good roast... the kind of coffee that stands up a spoon and leaves ash behind. Wicked good. Vanilla and milk chocolate come through in the flavor to smooth out the dominant coffee tones… and it works. Still, such a heavy roast and ash are noticeable. I love coffee and vanilla; this pulls them off to near perfection.