Dogbrick (13789) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2017 fidelis83 (2509) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, labeled 9.1%ABV. Dark brown pour with a 3 finger, creamy tan head. Aroma is full of smoke, chocolate, plums, tree fruit, iodine, rum and toasty wood notes. Flavor is full of wood and peat smoke, iodine, dark caramel, honey roasted nuts, sweet chocolate, caramelized dark fruit, brown sugar, toasty granola and herbal hops. Palate is medium bodied with a syrupy entry, chewy caramel middle, light, to moderate carbonation and dry, but still kind of chewy finish. Really good stuff, like a smoked Riesen Candy melted on sautéed plums. Which might not be that good in real life.
Sample at the ’Smoked Meats and Beer’ tasting on 05/27/2017. Dark brown color with a medium beige head that recedes quickly to a film. Short strings of lace. Campfire and chocolate aroma. Medium to full body with flavors of burnt malt, bittersweet chocolate and coffee. The finish is intensely smokey with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall. GenDV138 (7705) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2016
22 oz bottle poured into a tulip. 2013 bottle. Dark brownish black with light tan head. Aromas of sweet smoky wood, roasty notes. Tastes of smoke, wood, roasty notes, dark chocolate, malt. Medium-full body with a dry finish. jtclockwork (17284) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2016
Bottle - Pours dark brown tan head - nose/taste of smoke, chocolate, toasted oats and dark sugar - medium body DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Black color. One finger of frothy/creamy tan head. Retention is lacing and just a few wisps of lacing are left.
3.5 S: Hmmm. This is interesting, but I can’t decide if I like it or not. Sweet caramel is at odds with the smoke forming a "sweet smokiness" like smoked pork with sweet sauce. Chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, and a light nondeScript fruitiness.
3.5 T: The taste is like the nose and again I’m not sure what to make of it. Sweet smokiness, chocolate, roasted malt, licorice.
3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation and reasonably creamy. Good enough here.
3.25 D: This seems to have more Deschutes influence than Great Lakes and I think I’d like it more if it was the other way around. It’s no bad, it’s just not for me.
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DavoleBomb, May 09, 2014 Reconqvista (339) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 14, 2015
Hazy amber color with a small beige head that goes away quickly. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel and chocolate. Very sweet flavor driving to a slightly hoppy finish. Thick body and low carbonation.
Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 19, 2015
Bottle shared at a tasting. Clear dark brown, thin fizzy tan head. Good retention. Aroma of strong smoke, chocolate, roasted malt. Taste is caramel, stone fruit, smoke, chocolate, dark fruits. Medium bodied. Very nice. User277626 (112) - - MAR 15, 2015
Not my favorite style. Also, I kept this about six months too long in the cabinet. Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Might have been beige, even. Kind of malty, kind of roasty, light chocolate, light coffee, light body. Mild bitter at the end. Tepid smokiness, I tried, just not my thing. AWISLguy (3327) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Bomber from Antioch Fine Wine. Very dark brown pour, with a bit of a tan head. Aroma had sweet caramel, some choc and some smoke. Taste is caramel, some brown sugar, light molasses, and some meat smoke. Medium to full bodied, with some alcohol. Finishes more sweet than bitter. Decent brew, not stellar. 13.7 douglas88 (9632) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 20, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2014 Bottle thanks to Brian. Pours a dark brown color with a medium white head. A big sweet malty smoky flavor. Dry earthy. Solid. The base porter is fairly robust with light sugary sweetness, nutty at times, mellow but nice smoke. slowrunner77 (12895) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 9, 2014
"A little sweeter chocolate and caramel character than expected and a little less roasted barley and coffee. The smoke is done very well. Medium bodied and smooth, especially at 9%."