Headbanger (3990) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2007
22oz bomber-Dark black with a dark roasted coffee aroma and a decent tan head. Taste of dark roasted malt, coffee, and a little caramel with chocolate.. Great tasting stout. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 21, 2007
In the bomber bottle from Wilburs. Pours black with a rich dark brown head. Has a nice coffee roasted aroma. Very smooth and milky palate. Lots of chocolate flavors. This was a surprisingly delicious stout due to the smoothness. waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2007
bottle. black with creamy thick tan head. nice lacing. sugar, choc, sweet oat, coffee grind aroma. coffee, oat, sweet chocolate, smooth and creamy. almost a little flat. coffee grinds linger with light hops. easy drinking. not bad but average at best. hopdog (12341) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2007
12oz bottle acquired in trade with Kevin (thanks!). Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Some floaters. Aromas of roast, chocolate, yeast, and some coffee. Tastes of roast, some dark fruits, chocolate, and a light coffee finish. jcwattsrugger (12418) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2006
on tap-pours a creamy tan head that laces and black color. Aroma is chocolate/coffee-dark malt. Taste is chocolate/coffee-dark malt, some acidic/bitterness.
TAR (2742) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2006
Black but penetrable by light. Sticky beige froth adorns the glass. Pronounced roast dominates the nose as molasses, plums, butter toffee and cocoa exude subtly. Slightly yeasty and unclean, however. Bottle-conditioning yields dense prickles of carbonation. Heaps of sharp and gritty but well composed roast flavors are immediately chased with a supple baker’s chocolate bite. Quite juicy despite the snappy char, with flavorsome dried-plum esters sandwiched between the fat malts. Fruitiness triggers a vibrant coffee onset as burnt cookies and dry chocolate aid the chewiness. Fluffy nougat and baker’s chocolate provide even more structure, but the slight aridness offsets any intensifying sweetness to perfection. Equally quaffable as it is satisfying due to the pleasant degree of attenuation coupled with the complex yet understated malt character. Finishes moistly full with a feathery touch of roasted barley kissed with lingering java and dry chocolate. Aroma is a bit yeasty and fruity, and the acidity is slightly distracting, but the array of subtle malt flavors is quite nice. harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2006
Pours silky and oily, with a very small but creamy tan head. Roasted coffee aroma, bittersweet chocolate and the slightest bit of hop resins. Smooth and rich on the palate, nicely balanced acidity, hints of chocolate covered espresso beans, with some molasses spread over fresh biscuits in the summertime. Enjoyable. Ratman197 (14674) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2006
Bomber poured a translucent brownish black with a small diminishing brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, a bit of espresso and a hint of vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, espresso, bitter chocolate and some smokiness with a smooth sweet finish. luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2006
Bomber. Beer is a nearly-opaque motor-oil brown with a small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing head. The aroma is nice. Malty with moderate-to-heavy notes of roasted grain and coffee, moderate notes of dark chocolate and sharp molasses; Hoppy with a moderate herbal note, moderate of resin/pine; Yeasty with a light note of dough, trace of basement. The flavor is moderately sweet, light-to-moderately acidic, lightly bitter with a long, roasty retro’ed, moderate-to-heavily acidic, lightly bittersweet finish. The body is full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is a bit softer than average. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 3, 2006
650 ML bottle from Ernest and served in my Stone IRS snifter: Pours a deep brown (almost black) hue topped by a fading frothy tan head and okay lace. The aroma is like Bells Double Cream except a bit weaker. Noticeable coffee, chocolate, hint of smoke and molasses, some aromatic as well as PNW hops vapors with a light dash of plum and rose hips.
The taste is roasty and supported by an combination of charred and hop driven bitterness. A fair amount of coffee flavor towards the finish. Comes off more dry stout than the sweet stout I was expecting. (I therefore am glad it is not classified as a sweet stout). What I do not detect is any sourness noted by Ernest (perhaps it is time for a re-rate?). Finally there is a light but ever present smoky dryness about the finish which I am digging! What I am drinking does not equal what has been rated in the past, likely a factor of either a fresher beer or a change in recipe?
All told, I really enjoyed this brew.
Is it among the pantheon of stouts, well no.
Is it beergeek worthy, well YES.