jw0406 (1275) - atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 15, 2012
12 oz pours a dark black color with a medium tan head. Aromas of burnt sugar, caramel, molasses. Full bodied, thick and sweet, only could handle one at a time radagast83 (8059) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2012
On tap at Rustico. Poured a relatively dark brown color with a tiny off-white/light-tan head. Aroma was dried fruits (plum mostly) with a slightly tart funk and a touch of rye grain. Flavor was a touch sour, with notes of port wine and sweet malts. thornecb (5909) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2012
Pours deep mahogany into a snifter. Mocha head with good retention recedes to mottle surface. Sour chocolate and pit fruit aromas. Thick with sweet dark caramel, sour pit fruit, toffee, and mild metal before the lasting iron and oak finish. Complex. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2012
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a thick foam cap. Nose is toffee, musty oak and plum; bourbon less so, barely any rye. Body pushing cough syrup helped by dry rye. Odd wet basement, bretty, smell thankfully doesn’t show in the flavor. As with a lot of their special brews, this one is almost too complex for it’s own good. Toffee, prune, golden raisin, bourbon, orange and a bit of soy. bhensonb (15190) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 9, 2012
Bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA. Pours dark brown with a creamy tan head. The aroma of sweet booze is strong. Some light vanilla. Touch of dark rum. Full bodied. Flavor is dark fruit (like cherry and plum), vanilla, chocolate, light rum, treacle, and perhaps light maple. There’s a lot going on in here; there’s even a light sour note (very light). It isn’t very sweet, feels like it’s going to go dry, but it doesn’t. When I try, I think I can find astringent oak. Heat is not an issue. This is either a complexly marvelous blend or something of a mess. I’m seeing mysterious graphics in the smear left after the head left. This inspires me to affirm this is a complexly marvelous blend.
jredmond (8284) - New York, New York, USA - APR 8, 2012
Draft at blind tiger a week or so ago. Pours a deep hazy mahogany with light off white lacing. Aroma is funky dark fruits, vinegar, prunes, and cherries. Mouthfeel is tart and sour with notes of vinegar, fig, raisins, molasses, light maple, and sour cherry. Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2012
Aroma of fruits, marachino cherries, slight oak, and slight molasses. Pours deep brown with little head. Taste is soury with molasses and fruits. It’s ok. Jow (3923) - New York, USA - APR 5, 2012
Unexpected bottle 2 of evening. Pours deep brown with thin head. Nose of toffee and dark fruits. Tastes of caramel, bourbon, figs, plums, cola, earth, soy sauce, and cherries. Nice carbonation and sweet finish. Pretty decent offering although just a touch too sweet or it’d be excellent. VertBaconStrips (2389) - Blerkablerka, VENEZUELA - APR 3, 2012
Just read the label - everything ever made is in this. Bottled less than a month ago to boot. Very dark brown with red notes at the light, small brown head and tiny, sticky islands. The nose is balls deep in the complexity in my glass. Lots and lots of oak, sour cherries, plum, sweet cinnamon, weak licorice, bit of gas here and there but only once max per sniffle, lucious red berries, bourbon. That’s a lot. The flavour is pretty packed as well. Solid sweetness, plum, cherry, molasses, oak, light sourness that get drown out by the sweetness, brown sugar, bit of red berries. While there is a lot going on I wouldnt say that this brew can equal the effort put into making and blending it. Sweet, rich and tasty finish - very smooth and soft. Too much sweetness in this bottle but it works well. Mellow carbonation. Pretty fine, zero alcohol, too sweet overall. I dig but it’s too sweet - not an annoying level of sweet but gets consideration. Marheb (5750) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 2, 2012
Tout d’abord, c’est aussi complexe que trop sucré. J’ai vraiment l’impression de goûté à une expérience un peu à l’aveuglette, pour le reste, c’est un nectar qui offre différentes impressions d’une gorgée à l’autre. Le corps est rubis noire avec une belle tête rapidement dissoute. En arôme c’est le caramel, les oranges, la torréfaction, vraiment criant de sucre de toute sorte. En bouche c’est une tarte au sucre liquide sur laquelle on aurait râpé des noix de muscades, zest d’orange, copeaux de chêne, tabac frais, café noir, chocolat blanc, nougat, prunes avec une présence surette. L’arrière-goût lointain d’amandes grillés donne du coffre. Au final, ça reste une bière qui essai d’en faire trop, beaucoup trop sucré pour être adulé.