dkingsella (152) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2010
’08 vintage, sampled in a snifter. Was hoping for more based on the reviews as well as my affinity for Old Rasputin. Very aromatic with a nice balance between hops notes (grapefruit/citrus) and malts as well as an aroma I wasn’t able to put my finger on. Flavor was well balanced and leaned a little more hoppy than malty. There was a peculiar dryness to it and what another reviewer referred to as woody...I think I could agree to use that term as I’ve not thought of one more suitable. Certainly not a bad brew, but not my favorite example of the style either. ModeEngage (152) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2014
2013 bottle. Pours hazy amber with an off white head that lasts. Smells of honey and oak. Drinks smoothly with mild lingering hop bitterness. Medium to full bodied. Tastes of honey, dried fruit, and rye. Buries 12 percent alcohol. BillyM (151) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Cloudy amber/brown - opaque in the middle and clearing around the edges. Alcholic fruity aramel aroma. Taste follows. Alcohol-caramel-smoky-malt mixture with fruity (raisin) undertones. Butterscotch mouthfeel - rich and coating. Alcohol remains strong throughout. Mixes well with other flavors, but definitely a sipping beer, and a good one at that. Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 27, 2007
Rated at the Pewaukee Tasting II 5/5/07.
Cloudy light brown, modest head. Robust sweet malty aroma., very attractive, almost that of a good doppelbock but loaded with more extra-curricular ‘stuff’, pop, sizzle, hops, cherry, fruity.
Flavor – Lots of malt-hop ‘zip’, very lively, a little carbonation sting, balanced.
Palate – Medium bodied
jtxx (149) - san antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2005
2004. Still young, but so what. You could probably serve this on the rocks and get away with it. Red/amber color and the last sip tasted better than the first.
illiniphil (148) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2013
2012 Bomber. Pours a rich copper with a heavy almond white head and some nice lacing. This is one big beer. Flavors are raisin, alcohol, malt with good carbonation. I love this beer. This is definitely one to buy 2 or 3 - drink one and cellar the rest.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone apshah99 (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 7, 2008
Amber pour with tan head. Very strong alcoholic malty aroma. Tastes of more malt and caramel with, vanilla, dark fruit, and a little chocolate with a nice balanced finish. Good carbonation and mouthfeel. This is an excellent, complex brew. FrkAabenhuus (147) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 1, 2005
Nutbrown colour with small off white head. Taste is very fruity, complex with some oak and plum. With a nice taste of alcohol. very smooth TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - APR 1, 2008
06 bottle- Nice warming beer, great sipper for winter. Poured red-brown with light brown head. I get carmel, maple, and alcohol out of this one. Solid beer had to drink it before the bourbon barrel just to see the difference. This version of old stock seems empty after drinking the BB version. The body seemed to thin for me. The finish is all alcohol too. evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2011
2010 bottle. Pours cranberry with small head that quickly fades leaving little lace. Nose of candy apple, oak, cherry and caramel. Taste of bourbon, caramel, and a hint of lime on the finish. I will pick up a few more to cellar for this can only improve as it mellowa with age. A very full mouthfeel and a long hot finish.