Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a black color with a caramel colored head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, earthiness, and booze. Sweet malty taste, with a nice hop layer and nice chocolate notes. Good stuff.
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to someone for sharing this at the May Freetail bottle release.
The beer pours a thick, motor oil looking black color with a small tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt and chocolate, with a little bit of oats and alcohol mixed in. A very inviting aroma.
The flavor is similar. I get a lot of bitter roasted malt, as well as some bitter chocolate. There is also some intense coffee in the flavor which goes well with the other things that are going on. There is a creamy, oat quality to the flavor and mouthfeel that I also like.
Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very nice beer.
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Coffee grounds, cocao nibs and un-roasted nuts in a cereal bowl of heavy cream is what this smells like. The flavor is a melange of malts both deep cocao like as well as darkened caramel. Those flavors are just masking a strong ever present alcohol that lurks over the malted roastiness like a heavy fog. A serious roastiness finishes the beer that is balls deep from start to swallow. I feel a need to be looking over my shoulder while I’m drinking this even though I’m doing nothing wrong. There is no good excuse to drink a bomber by yourself unless your goal is complete silliness. When poured aggressively this beer shows it’s potential as a soul satisfier, with a creamy heft and dense carbonation that makes this close to comfort food, but too bitter and roasty to hit that note. Thanks Hoppin Frog. 2011 22 oz.
ChainGangGuy (4860) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle - $13.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a viscous-looking, black body with a churning, equally viscous-looking, deep brown head. Take me away from all this, Hoppin’ Frog. Take me away to Expensive Bomber Country.
Smell: Heavily roasty scent, quite heady, with rather robust notes of tar, char, and chocolate-flavored creosote stirred up with dark coffee.
Taste: Fully roasted maltiness that settles on the tongue, then pushes the roastiness up another notch heading towards an oat-and-malt-based tar for road repair. Italian roast coffee concentrate dosed with some black strap molasses. Near 100% cocoa bar. Some scorched dark fruit skins. As it warms, some citrus begins to leak out. Roasty, earthen quality with plenty of imparted bitterness. Some heat, some roasted malt astringency in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Near-full body. Medium carbonation. Plush, creamy body.
Overall: A bit roastier, a bit more bitter, a bit heavier, and a bit more alcohol. I’m sure it cost a bit more, too. Which, at first, sounded like a good idea, but, deep down, I think I would’ve been happier with just the BORIS. Maybe I’m just getting old.
NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - SEP 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black colored brew. Nice aroma of chocolate, roast and some caramel. Flavor has a good bitterness, some sweet malts, dark chocolate and good roastiness. Overall a nice full bodied brew.
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle... Poured near black with a brown head. Mild roast with a decent hop bitterness. Dark cocoa, cookie dough sweetness. I think oat gave it a thin body which disguised the 10.5% quite well. Also notes of sweet bread, burnt sugars, and bitter-sweet molasses.
mcberko (15432) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 4, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks Dany), split with Matts_Property, pours jet black with a small tan head. Rich aroma of licorice, molasses, light wood and rich caramel. Flavour is also extremely rich - licorice, heaps of caramel and some chocolate / molasses. Semi-sweet, silky / velvety - perfectly balanced. Delicious.
dmac (5828) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bomber of some strong arse shitte. This one is soo dark and black that not only does light not pass through it I think it actualy runs away scared. It’s so thick that I think I could actually float a boat ancho on this if I had enough. A brown small head rounds out the appearance. Aroma was dominated by soy sauce and black olives, there was a tiny touch of alcohol along with wet burnt malts, vanilla extract, dark fruits. The body had no trace of the 10.5% ABV anywhere, no heat what so ever. Super thick and full mouthfeel, it’s like drinking a ber milkshake. Flavor of dark rum soaked cake, raisin, fig, wet burnt fruit, dark fruit skins, vanilla extract, old chocolate pudding skins, brandy. This is one interesting beer and I’m just scared about how hard this monster is going to hit me since I finished it within one hour.
zvikar (5537) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - AUG 30, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared at a tasting, pours opaque black with a dark brown nice head, aroma of chocolate, citrusy tones, cherries, malt, wood and butter, flavor of smoked malt, coffee, honey, oranges, lots of hops, full bodied, Good One
DSG (12533) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at a tasting. Thanks zvikar. Black-colored with a brown head. Aroma of burnt malt, some chocolate and some hoppy notes. Sweet chocolaty flavor with a more bitter finish with a bit of piney and citric notes. Full chocolaty body. Great.