Bill Becker (2051) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 21, 2017
From Sept 2008
I got this bottle in a trade with VermontHiker. Thanks Tom!
This pours a hazy deep amber with a solid 1" layer of foam.
The smell on first whiff is strong bready/caramel malt sweetness followed by slight notes of pine. Good nose.
The taste follows the nose except the bread and caramel malt aren't as dominant as the hops move in with some citrus and some pine and a big fruitiness appears with some dark cherry goodness and other dark fruit that give it a slight but enjoyable tartness. Now I'm tasting some toffee and a woody character. Dang, the more I sip and the warmer it gets, the more flavours I'm tasting. Very complex and very enjoyable.
Many further sips in and I find the hop presence more assertive..well, it does say on the label that it's rated at 100 IBUs, but the bitterness *never* gets out of control here. I think the balance is nice and could be further improved with some aging but as is, this is a fine drinking BWSA and the alcohol doesn't hurt the drinkability much at all.
The mouthfeel, for me, seems a little too light for the style but the lightish carbonation helps to pull that off so I can't complain much. Btw, head retention is very good and it has some good lacing.
Bottom line: This is a very tasty and thoroughly enjoyable example of the style. A bottle of this in the dead of Winter would be sure to brighten up just about *anyone's* day. shadey (2174) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 21, 2017
22oz bottle. Dark amber pour and very minimal head. Aroma is super rich malt and gentle spice. Flavor is also rich with more influence from the spice and alcohol. Very well blended flavors. Radek Kliber (7501) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 8, 2016
Where and how: on tap at brewery Strife21 (338) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2016
Aroma:clean, nice malty heft to it. Old school, proper barley vine character. Text book like.
Top: medium, tanned long lasting head.
Base: hazy dark amber
Palate : very clean work, full bodied, mild carbonation, average plus finish.
Taste: as in aroma character of old school is present. Very good malt work, alcohol fairly well hidden. Mild roast hinted in the mid.
other notes great example of this style.
Pours dark copper with tan head. Smell is roasted malt and hay. Taste is nice roasted malts, crisp with a bitter finish. Medium body medium carb. Nate (4296) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2016
From bottle (7/13/15). Mild herbal hop aroma, nutty sweet with caramel. Dark amber brown with thin head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Nutty sweet with caramel, and nice hop flavor. Mild bitter finish and sweet after.
jbruner (5578) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2015
Sampled at catch 22 bottle share! Pours a hazy golden brown with thin off-white head. Aroma and taste of big malty sweetness, dusty earth notes, a bit oxidized and old. Meh. Garrold (5938) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2015
Tap, at the brewery. Amber colour. Lightly hazy. Thin, off white head. Resinous nose. Caramel. Some citric fruitiness. Hint of flora. Taste is rich sweet. Light bitterness. Full body. Soft fizz. Finishes fruity, sweet, rich bitter. I thought this was a big IPA, until I saw the deScription. I don’t think I was far wrong, mind you. Tasty gear. ganache (6108) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Bomber. Nose is sweet and crystalline, fruity with damp yeast, bright with lemony citrus and pine, touch of grapefruit, very brash and occasionally green hops. Pours deep, dark ruby that’s more like brown without looking closely, supports a medium-sized but dense yellow-beige head. Crisp medium-full body, thick at times, watery at others, light-medium bitterness and well attenuated for style, strong resin, but nothing extreme in terms of hops or bitterness (otherwise, a rare and heartening, classically rendered offering straddling the line between old earthy English BW and American IIPA). Crisp and minerally, fruit is reduced and wood is dulled, still bright with citrus and damp with yeast. Warmth from the booze is gentle and slow in coming but ultimately relentless; admirably done. Over time, lots of subtle malt nuances emerge, all sorts of burned, scorched, roasted, coppery toasted, wooden, chocolaty, caramel, toffeeish notes, even a complementary touch of butterscotch. Overall very clean and surprisingly refreshing for its dangerous heft, would absolutely buy again. Ktwse (5818) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2015
Pours murky brown with flat off-white head. Aroma of resin, hazelnuts, toffee, light butterscotch. Taste is fairly rich hoppy bitter with a medicinal touch. Light burnt butter and somewhat boozy. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation. RayPiskadlo (7) - Warwick, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2015 does not count
This beer has a great reputation. My bomber has more sediment in it than I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, it took away from the tasting experience. I’d try another but check the bottle carefully before buying.