mariuspoenari (2692) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2016
75cl bottle. Very dark brown pour with a tall and lively espresso-coloured head, as well as visible carbonation. Smells of dark cherries, green hops, cocoa, coffee, bourbon and oak. Smooth mouthfeel, made slightly rough by the carbonation. Notes of bourbon up front, followed by dark cherries, roasted malts, milk chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Warm and bitter-sweet aftertaste. Very well balanced BA beer, with the base beer notes in balance with the barrel notes. A solid RIS, definitely one I will try again. thomashall (994) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Bomber shared at tasting. Dark black pour. Strong whiskey and chocolate aroma. Taste follows, a little hot for me but good stuff. demannu (451) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2016
Pitch black motor oil like pour with a brown head. Rich chocolate and whiskey aroma. Silky mouth feel, a tad lighter than i expected. Flavor was very nicely balanced with all expected and desired flavor notes. Very nice beverage. alobar (3801) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2016
Green cap. Pours tar black with no head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, whiskey, and dark chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel with vanilla, chocolate, espresso with just enough whiskey. Great beer. robinvboyer (4689) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
Bomber. Standard jet black pour, medium brown head. Big, burnt, heavily roasted and charred malts. Aromas of soy, licorice, burnt espresso, earthy barrel, and earthy vanilla. The mouth feel felt thin though, and was not as oily and viscous as expected, and the carb was low. The finish shows alot of whiskey barrel, and sweet, earthy vanilla with subtle pine hops and a boatload of the burnt, charred malts.
RexTalionis (3766) - FINLAND - DEC 30, 2015
Black in color with a small beige head. Chocolate infused oakyness, lots of roasted notes and some vanilla spicyness in aroma. Very smooth. Soft cocoa mousse later on. Notes of wooden barrel, some chocolate and roasted malts in taste. Coffee and hints of whiskey in the end. Quite nice. Warming one. kevinator (2238) - The Colony, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Very nice. Aromas and flavors of roasted malt, vanilla, coffee and bourbon. The last was an accent and didn’t overpower. Nice complimenting bitterness. Great pictch black color with a very thin head. Weighty creamy palate with the smoothness of oil. TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2015
Pours an opaque dark brown almost black like oil color with khaki colored head. Whiskey, oak, chocolate, roast, and some oats on the nose; follows onto the palate. Very smooth, full bodied. Finishes with whiskey and cocoa. UrbanCaveman (193) - Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2015
Bomber, poured into a snifter at ~40 degrees F.
Appearance: Pours your standard stout black, and forms almost no head (we’re talking quarter-finger or less here) of a dark brown foam that vanishes swiftly and leaves only an infintesimally small ring in its wake.
Smell: Warm, boozy, oaky, vanilla-caramel bourbon wafts out of the glass, atop a cloud of blackened malt and sweet molasses.
Taste: A shot of straight bourbon, like a Basil Hayden grade, without the alcohol burn and with a bite of a stick of black licorice or perhaps some freshly ground star anise - that’s more or less the flavor profile here. There are hints of molasses, caramel, plum, and vanilla extract, especially in the finish and aftertaste, but for the most part, this is a bourbon and anise ride. What ABV may be present is well hidden, lending no heat to the beer.
Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin for a stout, on the very heavy side of medium-bodied, or the lightest side of full-bodied.
Overall: A solid BA stout, up there with Thirsty Dog as far as concealing the ABV while bringing the flavors through is concerned. It’s a bit less complex than a BA Siberian Night, but there is something to be said for a well-executed simplicity. Saeglopur (2178) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - DEC 6, 2015
650 ml bottle from Ammersin 5, Vienna.
Black body, with a quite small, dense, creamy, moderately lacing, coffee-colored head.
Delicious big, smooth aroma of bourbon barrel, coconut, vanilla, melting dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, alcohol.
Tastes of bourbon, barrel, cocoa powder, espresso, chocolate, liquorice, dark fruits, booze.
Medium, oily mouthfeel, with a moderate carbonation.
Finishes roasty-dry, a bit boozy, wooden, with coffee, liquorice, bourbon, some cocoa.
Very tasty. Wonderful, dense nose, taste is more straight and dry, but also great. Slightly too boozy, so not among my favourite style examples, while still a delicious example of a barrel aged Imperial Stout.