corby112 (2813) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Draft at Capones in Norristown, PA.
Pours pitch black and completely opaque except for the faintest of mahogany edges and a two finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Chunks of lacing left behind.
Roasted malt aroma with faint hops and some dark chocolate sweetness. Smokey but not acrid or burnt with toast, coffee and dark chooclate. Subtle lactic cream and piny hops.
Medium bodied with a decent balance of dark roasted malt, lactic cream, sweeter malt notes and earthy hops. Subtle floral, earthy hops provide bitterness that compliment the dark malt. Hints of dark chocolate,toast and coffee with subtle lactic cream adding to the palate. Toasted oak lingers into a bitter dry finish. Becomes more sweet as it warms but is still not very balanced. Abv well masked but it’s a bit dry for my liking hurting the drinkability. 60minuteman (1765) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2012
Dark dark brown pour with brown head. Smell is coffee, cocoa, oak, and dark roasted hops. Dark dark brew and quite hoppy. Roasted flavor with some bitterness. BillWyce (1116) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2012
From notes: Bomber. Poured ink-black with a thin, caramel-colored head. Mild aroma of coffee and maybe some chocolate. Not as thick as expected. Medium-bodied with a dry dinish. Coffee flavor with some alcohol bite in the finish that got stronger as it warmed. Good, but held back slightly by the alcohol bite. reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2012
Pours black with ruby hues...thick and foamy mocha head...nice retention and lacing. Aroma has faint dark fruit and chalky cocoa. Flavor has dark fruit and some smoky, roasty malt. Mouthfeel is medium/full and creamy with a roasty, bitter finish hinting at dark fruit. badwhale (420) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Awww yeah! Poured part of a bomber into a coffee mug "World’s Greatest Mom" Poured a thick dark black with a sparse tan head. Lots of smooth coffee and fruit flavors. Great IS
pjames317 (94) - Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Bomber, pours motor oil thick with a nice tan collar that eventually fades to a nice smoke ring. Aroma: toffee, vanilla, dark roast coffee beans. Probably the best beer Philly Brewing makes. Pretty smooth for an impy stout (i.e. less carbonation, moreso velvety). Not to say it’s flat...it’s still a lively beer and a damn good one, especially for the price. I LIKE!!!!!! borat style Sammy (12995) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011 Hits the style. Black bodied and thick looking, with a generous beige head. Good chocolate taste. Not as thick mouthfeel as the top reps of the style. drfabulous (8808) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 1, 2011
22 ounce from 2011 summer Secret Santa. Pours a big black stout with tan head. Creamy taste. Some roast to it. Little bit of the tart as a finish. That tartness might be from the oak. Very nice. FROTHINGSLOSH (8291) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2011
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a large creamy dark tan head that lingered and left great lacing. The aroma was burnt and roasty with notes of anise, faint chocolate, wood and a hint of vanilla. The flavor was vanilla, cocoa, wood and roasty malts with touches of smoke, rum and cherry underneath. The finish was long and the body was creamy, silky and fairly full. Nice. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 14, 2011
THOUGHTS: Very nice beer an a nice imperial stout. Not super complex at first but nice. It became more complex as it warmed. It was definitely on the malt side, the way I like my impy stouts. Hid alcohol incredibly well. The flavor and aroma went well with the name. I prefer bourbon barrel aging, but the aging on the oak chips was a nice substitute. I’m surprised by the slightly low scores.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark brown that was opaque black in the glass with an average to large lan to light brown head that slowly, but mostly diminished and left fair to good lacing. The aroma had heavy roasted malt, caramel, milk chocolate, dark chocolate and cocoa; light to moderate pine and citrus hops; wood; vanilla; pepper; licorice; cola; ever so slight alcohol; dark fruit; hints of smoke; and milk. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was moderate to rather sweet and moderately bitter. There was chocolate, roasted malt, dark and milk chocolate, pine hops, licorice, tobacco, hints of mint, slight vanilla, hints of cola, maybe some pepper, caramel malt, a little wood, some bitter smoke, underlying grapefruit hops and slight bunt malt. The medium to full body was fairly oily with soft, but tingly carbonation and an ever so slight alcoholic finish.