LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Appearance: Pours a hazy bright amber gold. A top sits a thin white cap.Leighton (21296) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2013
Aroma: Gigantic tripel like perfumy Belgian yeast.
Taste: Tripel yeast, concentrated/extra pineapple juice, bitter spicy hops, clove. Finishes with overly ripe fruit sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied modest carbonation.
Overall: I am not a fan of this beer fresh. I will say , this beer has 7 years to go for 12 Drummers Drumming and will likely dry out a bit and probably be awesome in the next year or two. The pineapple is just too sweet within a style I’m not usually seeking. For those who like a sweet strong Belgian golden, you may like it now.
Bottle at ChrisO Holiday Tasting, London - thanks to The Peter (or The Peter’s mother-in-law, rather). Pours clear, orange-gold with a fine, white froth. Strong pale malt nose with light spices and citrus. Medium to big sweet flavor with rich and sticky pineapple, white sugar, moderate alcohol. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warm finish with lots of fruits, pineapple, orange, papaya, pale malts, some spices, light bitterness. Very decent, if quite robust. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2013
On tap at World of Beer, Raleigh. Stopped buying these ones, but nice to try in a flight. Lustrous oily gold pour with moderate carbonation. Rich fruity nose with boozy harshness and a bit of indistinct spice. Initially a sharp taste but then the beer is richly sweet, with hints of coconut everywhere, some pineapple in the finish, and a moderate bite from booze and hops. jlruthven (612) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Bomber, pours slightly hazy gold, with just a quick fizz of head. Noticeable alcohol legs. Big juicy sweetness up front, touch of cinnamon spice on the nose. Cloying pineapple on the tongue, though decently balanced by the Belgian yeast. Finish could be dryer. This is a bit hot, needs some time to mellow out. Still an interesting brew. bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Bottle. Amber beer with a cream head. Tropical fruit and yeast aroma with light malt. Malt and yeast flavor with light spice and tropical fruit. Medium bodied. Tropical fruit and spice linger with yeast and malt.
Lukaduke (3206) - Gray, Maine, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Pours a deep golden color with a thick frothy head that laces and sticks nicely. The nose is full of Belgian spices, sugary pineapple and some floral notes. The palate is rich and round with big pineapple notes on the front and backend with a nice mellow sweet spiced midpalate. Lingering sweetness and a touch of spice help balance the beer but its pretty overwhelming and definitely a beer you have to share with a couple people... glad I brought it along to a tasting ! dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Pours golden with almost no head. Nose of sweet fruit; palate of pineapple and peach. It’s a little too boozy, to perhaps it needs to age. Dry, sticky sweet finish. Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bomber Bottle: Pours a cloudy copperish golden orange with a thin off-white head that diminishes quickly. Rich cake fruit aroma has hints of ginger and pineapple. Flavor is sweet and rich with hints of ginger and a tangy pineapple in the fruity finish. Very flavorful. I chose to drink now versus aging. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2013
750ml bottle - $10.99 at Bullock’s Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.
crossovert (12934) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Appearance: Pours a deeply clouded, dark orange-yellow body with an initially tall, near white head that soon settles out leaving, appropriately, a ring of bubbles. Nil lacing.
Smell: Sweet-scented in the nose of candy-coated maltiness, given a generous dose of spices, and accompanying some rather cutting wafts of alcohol. There’s a ranging fruitiness in the nose, initially, pineapple, but, then, more orchard fruits, and, with a little warmth, some banana puree.
Taste: Sweet, syrupy maltiness, but a fast adhesion of the tangy-tasting pineapple fruitiness, though there’s also some orchard fruit character and banana esters as well. Spicy yeast, aided by the peppery alcohol (a bit hot, actually), and boosted by the spice additions. Finishes out sweetish and fruity, leaving a little hot alcohol and spice to sit on the tongue.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Overall: To nobody’s surprise, it’s sweet, spicy, fruity, and boozy - it’s a beer requiring a tall glass of water and a long winter’s nap.
As with the stone vertical epic beers these ones seem to be marketing efforts first. This one is your standard amber strong ale. Some spices, not really any malt or hop character.