patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2012
On tap at Prohibition. Pours sludgy brown with a silky tan head. Aroma is maple syrup, roasted cocoa, and molasses. Flavor is Hershey's chocolate syrup and some creamy, lactic notes, with a bit of maple syrup in the finish. Study palate. Fat, fudgy, and surprisingly well-carbonated. Still, I'm just not feeling dark beers at all these days. More hops, please.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2012
Almost black pour, with some bourbon heat in the aroma and caramel malts. Bourbon, chocolate, caramel and some vanilla I’m the flavor. Pretty damn good. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Poured into a snifter.
4.0 A: Dark brown, pretty much black. Two fingers of frothy/creamy light brown head. Retention is pretty good for the ABV and a short ring of lacing is left.
4.0 S: The brown ale comes out wonderfully in this. Big toastiness with an equal amount of nuttiness. The stout surprisingly plays second fiddle. Roastiness, some coffee, plenty of caramel and molasses. Lots of sweet chocolate. The barrel aging isn’t as apparent as I’d like. The bourbon only offers a slight leathery earthiness. Still, the blend smells great.
3.0 T: The taste is a bit disappointing after experiencing the nose. It’s still toasty and nutty, but there’s too much roastiness for how dry it is. The end result is that the beer is more bitter than it ought to be. There’s also some tannic astringency from the barrel. Surpringly dry, the caramel, molasses, and sweet chocolate found in the nose is much reduced in the taste. Booze is well hidden though.
2.5 M: Lighter medium to medium body. I think the body is so light because this is a bit overcarbonated. Lacking creaminess and the tannins reduced the smoothness.
2.5 D: The farther I got into the bomber, the less I wanted to drink more, which is never a good sign for a brew. It’s not bad, but I wouldn’t buy it again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-30-2012 03:35:30 johnnnniee (4312) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Curious label I hadn’t seen before jumped into my shopping cart the last time I was down in Mass. Pours a pretty solid black color with a decent creamy tan head that shows moderate retention and lots of lacing. Smell is heavy on the caramel, vanilla, and milk chocolate. There’s a solid roast in there as well as a lactose kind of aroma. There’s a slightly earthy oakiness, but its really hidden under the other aromas. The flavor is again lots of caramel and milk chocolate up front. A creamy vanilla mixes with a solid roastiness and a hint of tannin and warming alcohol. Finish is long and sweet with a lingering roast and warming alcohol. Thick body with a creamy oily mouthfeel and a moderate level of carbonation. This is a big thick sweet beer that demands attention. I liked it a lot, but I actually thought it was a hint to sweet. jkwood04 (5448) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 17, 2012
22oz bottle in a snifter. Pours very dark brown with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, bourbon, caramel and chocolate, and some bitter hops. Flavor the same, with a good amount of bourbon and a nice blend of the two beers. Smooth texture. A good beer.