JohnnyJ (5400) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at PP Carlsbad. Dark brown pour. Mostly roasty dark malts, semi-sweet chocolate, sweet malt, and finish with biting bitter piney hops. I liked it but the flavors clash harshly, not the best black IPA out there.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2010 Bomber, best by 01/2011 and consumed 10/2010. At armís length, the body is pitch black, but a closer look reveals a slight mahogany translucency at the edge. A moderately sized, smooth, mocha tinted head lasts a good long while, as hard, squared off arches of lacing cling to the glass. The nose is aggressively hopped, showing loads of pine and a general resinous earthiness. Malt roast is just as prominent, giving notes of espresso beans, toasted barley, and some dark cocoa. The scent is very much in the Cascadian dark ale mold, almost stout-like in itís base, with an avalanche of wintery conifer hop resins. I did, however, get a slight tinge of plastic, reminiscent of that which I got out of the Alaskan Baltic Porter a while back. Flavors are largely in the same mold, seemingly equally bitter from the sticky pine and the biting, roasty espresso. Bakerís chocolate plays a big role, especially on the finish, while burnt caramel lends just a bit of needed sweetness. The palate is very smooth and creamy, showing ample natural substance, fine carbonation, and a drying finish. Bitter chocolate lingers for ages after the swallow. This is quite a tasty brew. I like the dryness a good bit. This is one of the "stoutier" CDAís that Iíve had, and itís good. The slight plastic in the nose is a minor flaw.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells like a porter, looks like a porter but its not a porter. Pours black with a big, tan head, and lots of lace. Smells roasty overall, lightly sweet with a moderate dose of floral bitter hops. Tastes of roasted malts mostly with a building, deep citrus hop flavor as well. Medium/full body, ok carbonation.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz courtesy of wavers1. Pours a clear deep brown with a gigantic, dense, micro-bubble, tan head that has infinite ice cream scoop retention and big sheety lace. Aroma is not really hoppy but more bacon, smoke, barbecue, along with raisins, prunes, anise, pretty intense grape cough medicine thing going on. Taste is medicinal, lots of grape cough medicine, like swallowing a bunch of grape childrenís Tylenol. Thereís some toasted bread, char, dry wood. If I were blind tasting this, I would say itís some weird Danish stout thatís supposed to be awesome but ends up a huge mess. Palate is soft, not too syrupy. Picks up some heavy oxidation after sitting in the tulip for 10 minutes.
Halhardy (1) - USA - OCT 24, 2010 does not count
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz bomber from Nugget, West Sacramento, CA.
I love, LOVE heavily hopped IPAs. This is not one of them. I think they somehow managed to get burned malt, then used only bittering hops. Weird medicinal odor Iíve not experienced in beer before. No hop aroma, just bitterness. Little malt flavor.
Iíve had some great brews by Alaskan over the years, but, again, this is not one of them.
DYCSoccer17 (3629) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 23, 2010
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 ounce bottle from Nugget in Woodland, CA. Aroma is weird with lots of bubblegum. Lots of floral notes as well. Not much in the way of aggressive hop aromas. Slight roastiness. All in all, the aroma on this has way too much perfume and bubblegum. What the fuck? Mostly transparent dark mahogany body with a pretty frothy, rocky off-white head. Starts a little roasty, before this becomes a little chocolatey in the middle. Finishes with some scant metallic hints and a bit of chocolate/ashy/piney bitterness. This is basically an imperial porter. This Black IPA fad needs to die.
Ratman197 (13254) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber poued a clear dark reddish brown with a lingering brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, carmel, earthines and light citrus. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, carmel, earthiness and citrus with a smooth dry lightly bitter finish. Please Sir, May I have more Hops?
OldPeculiar (12) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 22, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Frankenbeer. Had high hopes, but got disappointed. Neither a strong Double IPA nor mouth watering porter/stout. Thinner than expected. "Off"-bitter. Good try, but better luck next time.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ K&B Wine Cellars. Pours a deep coffee brown with a Creamy beige head. Mostly roasted malts on the nose, very faint hop presence. Seemed more like an Imperial Porter, still tasty tho.
adnielsen (10484) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted from a 18 oz. bottle purchased in Denver, Colorado. Pours a very dark black body and very thick brown-blackish head. Roasted hoppy aroma with an alcoholic, hoppy, dark, creamy flavor.