bhensonb (15958) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Rating 10 seals the deal. Bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA. Pours very dark brown/lack with a 3 finger dark tan head. Aroma is chocolate with a hint of anise. Near full bodied. Flavor is chocolate for start, then a dose of anise appears. It seems to have oak astringency, and maybe a little vanilla. With time anise seems to override the chocolate. Amazing stuff. JoeTheYounger (1195) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - FEB 14, 2012
On draft at Whole Foods in Santa Rosa. Black pour with white head. Aroma was tons of bourbon and mild roast. Taste was also on onslaught of bourbon but not much in the way of roast. Better as it warmed up. A bit thin on the body. timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Taster at RateBeer awards dinner. This one is much stronger and hoppier than I anticipated. Aroma and flavor were both very roasty. I was disappointed based on past scores, but still a very good beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone bigabe (194) - California, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Art. Bitter chocolate, crisp hops, ripe berries, coffee, then a massive charred oak finish. Great brew. High Water really is an up and comer.
DYCSoccer17 (3714) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 29, 2012
8 ounce sample on tap at The Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma on this is quite intense with roasty, anise, and some chocolate notes. The anise seems to stand out. Light rubbery notes also present themselves in the background. Virtually opaque black body with a strong, creamy, light tan head. Solid lacing. Starts slightly astringent with some light cocoa powder notes, before this picks up a good deal of anise in the middle. Finishes with a lingering roastiness and a little rubbery flavoring. Perfect body for this style. Nice to see someone try to brew this style, and to do it well.
brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
Pours nearly black in color with a khaki head. Smells of roasted malt and dark fruit to begin with. Lots of licorice notes and perhaps some vanilla from the oak. A good chocolate and coffee aroma, too. The flavor is more impressive than the nose. Good roast, chocolate, and coffee with a more pronounced vanilla and oak flavor. A little bit of cocoa as well as some toffee sweetness. The body is a bit thin, unfortunately. msante79 (2244) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2012
On tap at Toronado. Pours very dark brown with tan head. Aromas of chocolate, bourbon, wood, vanilla, and roast malts. Flavors of wood, vanilla, roasted malt, and chocolate. Light bourbon presence and solid base beer. Really nice beer with very good balance. Nice find on tap. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 19, 2012
On tap. Pours with a nearly black body with a lasting tan head and some great lace. Aromas are of sawdust, bourbon (like), oak, dark fruit, chocolate, alcohol, raisins, lots of barrel and brown sugar. Slight acetone note at first blows off quickly. Flavors are of raisin, sandalwood, dark fruit, currants, fudge, chocolate, brown sugar and barrel. Lots of lingering vanillin and coconut. Creamy carbonation, lightly syrupy. AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Bottle shared by Cloudskipper at Beer Revolution, pours deep brown with an attractive dark tan head that persists. Full nose of fruit, chocolate and roasted malt. Same in the flavor with tons of oak, leading to a very dry finish. mrmartin (786) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Bomber at Whole Foods Oakland.
Dark Brown/black pour with thin but creamy tan head.
Nose is fairly faint, nutty roasted malts and pine hops.. Full bodied mouthfeel w/ roasted malts with resiny hops in back, hazelnuts, a little smokiness. Front is drier than the finish. Lingering bitter slightly resiny finish
To be honest i don’t have much experience with the style but this tastes pretty awesome.