NachlamSie (3462) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 15, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2007 Bomber. I had this a couple of days after its release and was rather underwhelmed. For some reason I was under the impression IIPA’s had a significantly strong hop profile. I waited a couple weeks to open another bottle and now am retrying it. The pour is red with a pretty nice tan head. More hops are noted in the aroma than I recall with distinct pine and grapefruit but it’s not very intense. A heavy caramel, berry sweetness is also noted. The mouthfeel is rather dense with heavy amounts of malt and the 10.2% is masked impeccably. The hops are definitely second fiddle in the taste. The flavor profile is mostly comprised of sweet caramel, dough, and a barleywine-like toffee flavor with a far off peatiness in the finish. Small suggestions of berries are noted. The hops just can’t compete with the intensity of the malt on this one, they only dry out the finish a bit. The first time I cracked open a bottle, I was very disappointed because the label touts extreme hoppiness. This second time with a different mindset, I enjoyed it a bit more. The main problem is that the sweetness was probably intended only to balance the hop flavors, but somehow became the most evident flavor. This brew lacks some of the complexity of their intentionally maltier brews like Imperial Gaelic or Tasgall.
[Bomber split with Muenster on Oct. 20] Okay, so here we are again. I still don’t get any assertive hop qualities and the malts definitely dominate. I noted a heavier cotton candy or candy vanilla presence this time around. Sammy (12091) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2007
With great appreciation to Mike from Cole’s for sharing his bomber. Soapy head. Yeast and complex meld of five hops, including dry hops. Really stands out as interesting taste, this is not a hop bombing. Thanks Swoop Jones and to your sis for bringing back. sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Bottle shared by puddintane: Pours a hazy gold with a white head. Aroma, floral and citrus hops with some sweet pale malty notes. Flavor, citrus and floral notes, slight bitterness, very sweet caramel notes. swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2007
22oz Bomber @ Coles Buffalo NY. Nice sweet aroma with piney hops. Flavor is way to heavy on caramel malts. Hops seem to get lost. Seems almost more like a scotch than a DIPA. Tasty but not really an DIPA in my opinion. rating low due to classification. estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Bomber. Dark amber body, smallish off-white head, caramel and piney hops in the nose. Well-balanced hops and caramel malts, fruity, a bit piney, but much too much alcohol presence in the finish.
nearbeer (5362) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 9, 2007
650 ml. Hazy, darkish copper with a medium head that lasts well with nice glass frosting. Honey, orange peel, resin and granola aroma. Taste is orange frosting, turning to orange chewable kid’s aspirin, then to malty-orange pine resin and ending with a bitter citrus-herb grass. Palate is light-medium bodied and really smooth. Quality brew, but has the most purely orange hop flavor I have ever sampled, and this lends a sweetness that detracts after half a glass. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Bottle from Phil, thanks. Pours out an orange color with an offwhite head on it. Smell is very hoppy, full of pine and grapefruit and some slight hints of alcohol in it. Taste is smooth and hoppy and very easy to drink. Not sure if previous raters ended up with a bad bottle, but mine had no diacytel at all, and was really very drinkable. This stuff could give you a lethal hang over from being overly sweet though. Im glad I have some more of these around. Really good when its very cold. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Appearance: Pours a rich, clear dark amber body with a lush, creamy off-white head.
Smell: Pungent, redolent aroma of resinous pine and fresh-smelling citrus fruits. Plenty of caramel malt ready to balance things out, though. As the beer warms and is allowed the breath, the alcohol really begins to perk up, as does a bright spice character.
Taste: The hops do not wait for the caramel flavor and sweetness to dissipate, right away you get smacked with the fruity citrus, pine needles, and all the bitterness help within. A distinct spiciness continues to build throughout. The hops and bitterness hold on relentlessly into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Hmm, I’d place it at the high-end of medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Rich, luscious mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Quite nice. I look forward to seeing how this one ages and whether or not Highland will continue this trend of releasing an imperialized version of their current beer line. An Imperial Black Mocha Stout might be nice. JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Bomber. Pours an attractive slighty cloudy copper-amber color with a thin white head. Grapefruity hop aroma on the nose, but not well-defined. A moderate alcoholic tone is present as becomes more apparent as it warms. Medium-bodied. Hop taste is strong, but instead of a grapefruitiness, there is a soapy/solventy mix that doesn’t finish well. A dissapointment. notalush (5866) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Thanks to goldtwins for sharing - hazy reddish copper beer - spicy aroma, with notes of butterscotch and caramel - odd hop spiciness that doesn’t integrate well - a bit sweet, with apparent diacetyl - the alcohol comes out a lot as it warms - not that good.