Ratman197 (15204) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Bomber poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, toffee, cherry, candy sugar, plum and light spice. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of toffee, carmel, cherry, plum, candy sugar and light spice with a smooth warming lingering fruity finish. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 29, 2006
(Bowie) Clear mahogany body with a small beige head. Served too cold, but after letting it warm, the aroma moderately sweet, candi sugar, maple, some cherry, alcohol. Taste is sweet, maple, molasses, cherry, moderate alcohol warming. Syrupy full body. Decent for what it is, but the sweetness/syrup is not really my thing. Drake (14059) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Bomber from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville. Pours a hazy dark reddish brown color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of caramel, toffee, booze, and an almost oaky note. The taste is toffee, caramel, raisin, strong raisin and stone fruit in the finish, booze, a very faint earthy note. Medium bodied, low carbonation, moderately hot. BeerandBlues2 (13697) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Tap, Vintage 2005. Pours lightly hazy tawny with a small, fizzy light tan head, short retention with no lacing. Aroma is caramel, nutty, and bread malt, light earthy hops, dark fruit esters, brown sugar and light alcohol. Flavor is sweet caramel and toast malt, dark fruity esters (dates, plum, figs), light hops and bitterness, light alcohol and lightly sour with a sweet finish. Full body, high warmth, low carbonation. hopdog (12953) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2005
Sample tasted from growler provided by jeffin7 (thanks!). Poured a dark copper color with smaller sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of dark fruits, grapes, cherries, chocolate and some caramel and spices. Alcohol content completely hidden. Definitely a sipping beer. I found this one to be way too sweet for my tastes though.
BVery (11209) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Bomber via trade with burgy - thanks man! Wow - this is awesome. Hazy rich amber pour. Very rich - a lot of barrel aged barley wine elements in this. Slick and carmely - fruity - boozy - wood and bourbon. Fantastic! hopscotch (11181) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2006 Draft... This beer rocks!... Crystal clear, deep ruby ale with a small, creamy, off-white head.
The nose delivers strong notes of molasses, tawny port, dark raisins and milk chocolate covered cherry fluff. A suggestion of candied dates. Vineous, fruity flavor... chocolate covered black cherries swimming in a shallow pool of medium-dry, brown sherry. Whispers of caramel and brown sugar. Ultra full-bodied and way creamy with mild carbonation. Finishes fruity and medium dry. Surprisingly, the alcohol is not at all overbearing. I’d like to try this one again after it’s spent the better part of a year in a Kentucky bourbon barrel. World class brew! DocLock (10970) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Capped bomber from Craft. Pours turbid deep ruby with a finger of frothy and amazingly well-retained off-tan head for a beer this gargantuan. The nose is caramel malt, charred toffee, dark fruit, syrup, and hops. Tastes thick, very sweet and syrupy, very fruity, with notes of meady honey, caramel malt, backup hops, pruney fruit, and amazingly well hidden alcohol for a beer this size and density. The finish is complex, fruity, smooth, and syrupy, and the hops emerge a bit more. kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2012
MartinT (10037) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2005
Date: March 24, 2012
Source: Tasting, HMOG
Appearance: cloudy dark amber, wispy head
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, fruity, light earthyness
Flavor: sweet fruity flavor, caramel and vanilly sweetness, honey, just a touch of earthy bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4
Suave strawberries and cherished cherries masterfully integrate the brandyish malty sweetness. Alcohol is expertly positioned in that it tactfully shows its presence without bothering any of the present aromas.
Low carbonation and thick maltiness mimick the higher alcohol sippers very well. Fruity caramel expands beautifully into a brown rum strength and sweetness, lingering pleasantly for the sweet tooth, without ever getting cloying. A simple and potent digestif, not unlike Dogfish Head’s own classy experiments.
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