Ratman197 (15228) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Bomber courtesy of Craftbeerdesign (thanks Geoff) poured a clear dark reddish asmber with a lasting amber head. Aroma of caremel, toasted malt, earthiness and light fruittiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, toasted malt and a hint of fruittiness with a smooth lingering malty finish. A solid malty amber but I prefer a little more hops in an Amber. Dogbrick (13564) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Sample at GABF 10/11/2012, thanks to Bluemeow76 for assistance with note-taking. Reddish-amber color with a medium off-white head and strings of lace. Aroma of roasted malt. Light body with flavors of caramel, sweet malt and a touch of hops. The finish is short and malty. Just average overall. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
drfabulous (8489) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Date: August 09, 2011
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: opaque dark red, frothy beige head, drippy streaks of lace
Aroma: strong malt aroma, earthy and sweet, light fruityness
Flavor: rich dry malt flavor, bready yet earthy and dry, only a hint of sweetness and then only upon warming, plenty of bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
22 ounce thanks to Debi. Big malty caramel flavor. Something akin to a brown ale. Lacking the hops overdrive I expect from a big red. I may be drinking this too long after it was bottled and the hops have had some fade. Somewhat tasty finish. PorterPounder (8231) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Thanks to Aurelius! Dark brown pour with some dark reddish tints with a persistent beady off-white head. Aroma has some light nutty accents, some candy apple sweetness. Flavor has some toffee sweetness, a brief hint of citrus bitterness, some toasted bread, some light topsoil notes in the finish. Mouthfeel is decently thick.
dmac (6438) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Bomber from Thebeersommelier, thanks Matt. Poured a chunky brown body with an average sized foamy head. Aroma of bread, caramel, grains and grassy hops. Medium to fuller bodied with average carbonation. Flavor is loads of malts with lots of grains, toast and a light dirty citrus hoppiness. Solid amber ale. Cybercat (6048) - Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Comes out of the bottle a deep, somewhat coppery reddish brown with a thick and frothy pale tan head. Malty aroma has an earthy, yeasty overtone and just a touch of spice. Earthy flavor is quite satisfying with malty, nutty and caramel tones and just a whisper of cloves. Texture is smooth, a bit dirty (how else can I describe it?), and only a little fizzy but still pleasing. Overall, a good, if not great, ale that is worthy of at least a try - and probably downing the whole serving. Keep up the good work, JailHouse, and may you soon make lots of beer lovers your prisoners! ;) burg326 (5596) - Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2014
Poured a deep amber red almost brown color from the 22 ounce bottle with aromas of sweet bread, caramel, light hops, a touch of fruit and some light bitterness. Flavors match the aromas with some maltiness and booze in the aftertaste. Aurelius (5500) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 19, 2016
Clear, darkish brown with a big fluffy ivory head. Spicy malt aroma. Malty, tannic, ABV is well masked, orange zest. Mouthy, not too heavy. One of the better examples of the style. On tap, at the brewery with LuckyDog. ChainGangGuy (4920) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 12, 2011
22 ounce bottle - $8.49 at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shoppe in Alpharetta, Georgia. Hopefully, each of these subsequent future one-offs won’t see the incremental price boost of the releases so far.
Appearance: Pours an opaque, amber-brown body with a tall, sudsy, ecru head.
Smell: Malty aroma, both bready and toasty and with some slightly sweetish, nutty butterscotch notes on the perimeter. Grassy, lightly citrusy hops.
Taste: Bready, deeply toasty malts with just a sliver of roast to start things off. Modestly sweet. Earthy, citrusy hops with a punchy though not overbearing bitterness. A bit of growing grassiness as it beings to warm up a tad. Also some more nuttiness and a hint of diacetyl showing as it goes along. Drying, earthy finish with some bitterness enduring into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: It’s decent enough, both amply hoppy and malty (though not particularly sweet). I’m not so certain it’s nearly nine bucks decent, but still.