Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is clear ruddy amber with a nice big and dense tight khaki head...smell is mild with some bread dough and nuts...no oak yet...taste is sweet and malty with some caramel and chestnuts...maybe some bitterness from peanut skins...some roasty bitterness in the finish...meh...
bhensonb (14986) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from ericandersnavy. Session 34. Pours dark ruddy copper with a foamy 3 finger light tan head. Aroma is something like woody/oaky dark fruit. Med body. Flavor is not-so-dark fruit with oak astringency. IBU 30 is not expected to be bitter, but the oak is pushing it - sort of like wind chill factor. So this is a moderately sweet, moderately malty tasting, beer that ends up in a mouth all curled up. Some noble hop character just adds to the effect. If you like a bitter, or imitation of bitter?, beer this should be good for you.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 31, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber: Pours a clear brown/orange with a large off-white head, nose has caramel and cherries with some light grains. Medium bodied with playful carbonation, starts and ends lightly bitter with a malty ending.
Sammy (11977) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2011
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A bang-on creation by Harpoon, who often do these underappreciated styles. Nice social sssionable drinkability. Yeasty aroma, not its best point but OK. Good brown coloured body, lacey. A little sourness, that builds up and probably the sourness is enhanced by the wood. The aftertaste leaves a residual woodyness.
AirForceHops (7063) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 22 oz bottle, shared with LiteWait. Used a snifter. Dark brown in color however when light penetrates it, there is a lot of red hues. Small white head produces a ring of lacing that stays to the end. Aroma is of light or dull floral. Taste up front is Malt, toward the center is hoppy and in the finish is a light oak essence. It is decent. Not one I would buy again, but if it was available or given to me, I would drink it.
LiteWait (266) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 30, 2011
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter. Dark brown in color however when light penetrates it, there is a lot of red hues. Small white head produces a ring of lacing that stays to the end. Aroma is of light or dull floral. Taste up front is Malt, toward the center is hoppy and in the finish is a light oak essence. It is decent. Not one I would buy again, but if it was available or given to me, I would drink it.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Redlight Redlight. Pours a clear copper to chestnut brown color with a small, smooth, beige tinted head. Settling quickly to a thin surface ring, the foam leaves delicate chiffon lace rings and drippy spots on the glass. The nose is a bit subdued, yet well balanced and structured. Malts are based in dry chocolate, biscuit, and toasted bread, touching on medium-toast oak and even crispy, baked, caramelized rice cakes. Earthen hops are appropriately mild, so as to not overpower the already dry malt profile. Flavors follow suit, very toasty overall, showing notes of cocoa, bread, and mild nuts. A subtle grassiness imparts some bittering character, while toasty oak offers a woody vanilla character. On the palate, the body seems a little shy of what it could be. Moderate carbonation ushers in considerable dryness towards the finish. Overall, it’s a nice, easy going brew, but it’s certainly not anything exciting or new.
mcox90 (2052) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a bland looking muddy amber color with a one finger off white head. Aroma had some faint caramel as well as mild smoke. Moderate in body and smooth texture. As to flavor. My first impression was quite negative as the beer starts out metallic and bitter. Off putting to say the least. As my glass warmed, a bit of caramel and oak was coaxed from the brew. Ok, but I probably won’t purchase another.
jcwattsrugger (12410) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle-pours a big retaining foamy light tan head with red/copper color. Aroma is sweet medium malt-caramel/cocoa, wood, vegetal, some earthy/spice. Taste is sweet medium malt-caramel/cocoa/licorice, wood, 2nd spice hops. Soft carbonation. If aroma didn’t have some detraction, it would have started out on a much better foot which impacted overall too.
dmac (6113) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bomber from Jonathan Ron Brielle. Poured a good looking clear mahogany brown with an average to large sized foamy light beige head. Aroma is just weak and there is no indication that this was aged on oak, what is there is some notes of chocolate malts, toast, sweet wort and a slight hint of vegtables. Body is just way to foamy and creamy with average carbonation over a thin to medium mouthfeel. Flavor is even weaker then the aroma with some notes of nuts, taost, chocolate malts, grass clipings. Blah, where the hell is the oak??