RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Brewmaster’s Reserve

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zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2006
Bottle, 2005. Dark brown, black, with a light brown head. Aromas are roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, and caramel. Flavors are roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, and coffee. Body is a bit thin. More body and a little less bitterness, and this would be amazing.

BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2006
RBSG DC 2006: Clear black-brown (when held to a bright light), medium tan head. The aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, fruity hops, and light licorice. Taste is an almost sour-like chocolate, licorice, spice, sweet sugar cane, and earth.

Darkover (1544) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2006
Sampled at the Odds and Ends Tasting at Dogbrick’s. Dark black with a small brown head. Very smokey and roasty flavor and aroma.

Dogbrick (13789) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2006
Sampled at the Odds and Ends Tasting on 8/16/06 (2005 Bottle): Jet black color with a thick light brown head with good retention. Nice rings of lacing. Big roasted malt aroma, with caramel and dark fruit in the background. Full body with a pleasant roasted character. Malt, caramel and chocolate flavors are balanced by an underlying coffee bitterness. The finish is dry and mildly bitter coffee and hops. I would definitely like to try this again.

Slinger (91) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Pours dark brown with a little head typical of most stouts. Sweet and malty. Pretty strong with flavors of caramel.

arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2006
Bomber into tulip glass, The Friday imperial stout tasting, summer 2005. The first beer of the night. Smell was earthy, like dirty roastiness, with some caramel mustiness. Tasted thin and acrid, somewhat green, with earthy tobacco notes before dry baking chocolate, fading into a slight alcohol sting and dryness on the finish.

BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2006
Tasted said-by-side against the BA version, sampled in a snifter:
Poured a deep black hue with a small tight head which faded but left good but spotty lacing.

The aroma has notes of heavy charred and chocolate malting, light espresso, moderate piney and grassy hops, and dusty yeast esters.

The taste is starts with a nice roasted overtone with the mocha and coffee tone shining though. I get more hop bitterness in this non-aged version which makes it a lot more drinkable and not over sweet. Finishes with just a touch of plum and prune flavors. I honestly like the flavor profile of the regular version more than the BA version.

The mouth feel of this beer is thinner and not as developed as the BA version, seems watery in comparsion. A bit asrengtent as well in the end.

Honestly this is very average when it comes to impy stouts, to weak in aroma and body to reach the levels of greatness. still should you get the chance to taste side-by-side like I did, then go for it.

Thanks Steve!

kramer (6905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2006
12 oz handbottle, via Wohlfs. Pitch black body with a thin covering of dark brown head that faded to a thin ring quickly. Nice roasty nose with some alcohol, caramel, and espresso. The lightest hint of soy as well. Flavor is rather thin with roast, caramel, a little soy, carmalized dark fruits, and some alcohol. Mouthfeel is thin with nice low fine bubbled carbonation. Finish is slightly more oily in texture. Not a bad beer, the flavor and aroma are nice, but the mouthfeel really is lacking and it all adds up to an average, at best, Imperial Stout.

Ratman197 (15370) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2006
Bomber poured a translucent reddish black with a small,diminishing brown head. Aromas of molasses, coffee, bakers chocolate and some dark fruit. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of coffee, roasted malt, bitter chocolate and a faint hint of licorice with a slightly astringent, dry finish.

willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2006
01.21.06 Bomber, 2005. Black pour with solid tan head. The beer was less imperial than expected, quite dry and very roasty. Hints at anise, tobacco, solid notes of molasses and cocoa. Rather burnt towards the finish where I’d hoped for sweetness or resiny hops, but it made it seem unusual as if it was an imperial dry stout. In fact, that notion was easily extended to the whole picture. Thanks for the sample, Mike.

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