cordy (8) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 20, 2014 does not count
Rich dark brown. Toffee malts. Strong taste and strong finish, just the way I’d expect. Bit of a malty-chocolateyness to it. How could I not give it an overall score of "17." Brewdork (234) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2014
12 oz. bottle poured into the small shaker-type glass that came with the holiday pack. Deep brown with a slight creamy tan head that you’re likely to miss if you blink. Complex aroma with earthy notes of dark fruits, molasses, alcohol, and even a bit of smokiness. As for the taste, there’s a lot going on here. But what would one expect in a brew that has a total of 34 malts and hops? It’s definitely malty and slightly sweet... it’s even a bit salty to me. One thing it’s not, though, is cloying. Previous entries in the Jewbelation series have been overly syrupy, but not this one. It conceals its massive ABV quite well, and is therefore somewhat dangerous. In any case, I enjoyed this one a lot. L’Chaim! whitehotg8 (85) - Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2014
Shared this bomber with my brother and dad. Nearly black pour into a snifter, nice color and tan head. The aroma is indeed boozy with notes of malt and hops that are all over the map. Mostly sweet upon taste and not too bitter considering the massive amount of both hops and malt. The finish is boozy and lingering, we all loved it. slowrunner77 (13206) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Still doing great things with super high abv brews. though I think they’re nearing (or past) the peak. Up to 16 they somehow continued to improve every year. This beer was still very good, and a ridiculously sneaky 17%, but takes a small step back from last years. Dark, malty, vinous...perhaps so much going on (dark frut, slight anise, earthy hops) that it loses focus, but it was enjoyed by all. Not 1 remark of damn that’s strong (or hot) superspak (6228) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2016
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 9/2013. Pours nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, raisin, prune, fig, date, licorice, wood, leather, tobacco, pepper, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, raisin, prune, fig, date, licorice, wood, leather, tobacco, pepper, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy and roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, dark fruit, licorice, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, pepper, wood, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a nice roast/hop malt/bitterness balance; and zero cloying sweetness or astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness; increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very creamy/slick and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with a light-moderate warmth lingering after the finish; with minimal booziness. Overall this is a great strong ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Still quite hoppy after 3 years of age, which provides great balance to the huge malt flavors. A very enjoyable offering.
bhensonb (15976) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours very dark brown with a very slight, creamy tan head. Aroma has a bit of heat, and lots of Dark fruit. Maybye a bit of smoke. Full bodied +. Flavor is very malty, with dark fruit, coffee, could be chocolate. It’s almost meaty. Treacle is in it. It has hoppy bitterness, but it’s sort of a losing battle. Flavors are strong enough the alcohol gets lost from perception. Quite gobsmacking!