Crockett (1119) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2017 KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Bottle. The pour was an extremely dark brown with some red highlights and an average (1-2 finger) light brown creamy head that diminished down to a thin film with a small collar, thus creating fair spotty lacing.
The aroma was of a dark roasted malt and a sweet leathery yeast with notes of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla and a hint of lactose sugar.
The taste was very malty and a little bitter-sweet with a touch of chocolate from the onset, becoming a tad bitterer with a nice large dose of coffee towards the finish. The flavor lasted a little longer than expected, with a mildly bitter java taste settling on the taste buds along with a slight milky sweetness and a mild alcohol warming sensation at the very end.
Mouthfeel was medium in body and dry yet creamy in texture with a moderate carbonation.
Overall a very flavorful and satisfying Porter that possessed a moderate ABV and an awesome drinkability, this is one I need to watch out for...
Best Before March 2013 bomber. I’d gather this is the 2012/5 year old. Pours almost completely black, with some faint ruby hues coming through. Gigantic long lasting frothing rocky lacing head. Oxidized somewhat, but appetizing. Chocolate Milk nose, with some sours, and traces of coffee on the nose. Alcohol very muted. This is really nice and creamy. Carbonation is supple. Lightly soured cream, coffee, toffee, and chocolate. Citric hops. Roasted grain. Bread. Water-cracker. Faint bread yeast. Alcohol is reasonably well hidden. Some chewy biscuit malts still in there. Body is appropriate. Finish is exceptionally clean, with long lasting red-grapes, blackberries, and a touch of lemon. It was in a cellar the whole time, in an area I forgot about. Aged extremely well. 14-16C stand up on a shelf for 5-6 years. Bottle opened Feb 28/17 yourilevesque (1829) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 8, 2017
Je ne me souviens plus qui m’a donné ça, mais ça goûte en effet le 17 pour le style. Des traces de mauvaise essence de vanille - la petite bouteille transparente qu’on ne sort qu’une fois aux trois ans pour cuisiner un gâteau après s’être dit: ’’messemble j’ai ça kek part’’. Eh oui, comble de malheur, j’avais ça en effet ça kek part et elle est aussi mauvaise que la dernière fois, sinon que maintenant elle a 3 ans de plus. djd07 (15106) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2016
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with medium beige head. The aroma is roast coffee and cocoa. Thin mouth, chocolate, roast, nuts, light finish, good. radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 7, 2015
625ml bottle from the LCBO in Toronto, Ontario. Very dark ruby in colour with a large and very long lasting tan head, excellent lacing. The aroma is of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate and vanilla. The flavour is roasty, some dark fruits, chocolate and coffee, milky. Bitter mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes long, roasty bitter with a bit of sweetness. A nice drinking porter, roasty and rich. bergstaden (3044) - Røros, NORWAY - APR 29, 2015
Black with a brown head - Good malt aroma - Good roasted malt body with nice bitterness - Roasted malt goes into the finish with some bitterness - This was good
AWISLguy (3184) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2015
Bomber from Antioch Fine Wine, cellar aged 3 months. Very dark brown pour with a brown head. Some nice lacing. Aroma begins with belgian chocolate and roast, and later down in the glass - some caramel, a bit of smoke, some licorice and some earth. Taste is of sweet caramel, bakers chocolate, some molasses, some earth, leather and some roast. Maybe some char too. Nose beats the flavor, which is a shame as the nose portends something very nice. Medium to full bodied with a touch of alcohol. Finishes to the sweet side of bittersweet, with some tang. The promise of the nose dropped after initial and it became more pedestrian. 13.7 slowrunner77 (12162) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
"after the letdown of the Barleywine last month, I wasn’t expecting much and was pleasantly surprised. Enough hops to balance a bit, but the aroma is dominated by roasted malt, and the f;avor chocolate. Quite tasty. Nice dry finish. Fairly smooth, medium-full bodied. Shipyard’s best that I’ve had...not worth the big price tag though." onceblind (9890) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Deep black under a thin khaki head, with an amazing aroma of deep bittersweet chocolate, a touch of molasses, a little mint, and some roasty black malt and crystal malt. Big malty flavor with a touch of syrupiness and roast/char, deep bittersweet chocolate, and a wee bit of effervescent herbal tones. A bit sticky and charred, but overall quite roasty sweet and choocolaty. wonderful complex evening sipper. HogTownHarry (7012) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2014
Bomber - been in my fridge for, oh, 4 years? 5?? Deep brown-black with a huge lasting fluffy tan head. Aroma is very appealing - cocoa, light herbal bitterness, some table cream and a hint of mint. Taste follows, but thinner, and a touch sour. Light body, mild carbonation, surprisingly quick finish with a light cocoa aftertaste. Pretty smooth for an old bottle. jookos (6875) - FINLAND - SEP 20, 2014
Black, gushing. Dark berries, blue berries. Some acidic.. vibes. Full bodied soft, chocolate(dark), bitters, sort of dark roasty berry fruits in finish. Ok.