Taverner (1076) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the better Black IPAs, now that the style has gone mainstream. Flavor of wood, a little smoke, hops (grassy and dank) and chocolate. Finishes dry. Pretty good stuff!
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber my mom brought back from her trip to Alaska. Pours a nearly pitch black body and topped by a nice, smooth mocha colored head of foam that shows good retention and leaves patches of lace behind. The aroma is very hop forward with tons of pine, grassy, and earthy hop bitterness. There is a good amount of roasted barley as well that hints at coffee and dark cocoa. The flavor follows the same line with plenty of roasted coffee and barley malt to go with the earthy and pine resin hop bitterness. Dark chocolate and burnt caramel lend some balancing sweetness. Medium bodied with balanced carbonation with a smooth and creamy feel on the palate. The finish is lengthy and dry with bitter chocolate lingering around. This is a really tasty black ipa. Solid beer from these guys.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at stone bistro a couple months back. pours a true black with a huge, creamy, khaki head with sticky rings of lace. aroma is very nice with fresh cut pine, distinct cascade hops, grapefruit, and roasted malts with hints of cocoa powder and light coffee. flavor is delicious with a very nice blend of orange and lemon citrus hop notes with roasted malts, chocolate crusts, coffee, and bitter grass on the back end. palate is medium bodied with creamy carbonation and solid bitterness. overall, a very tast black ipa.
hapjydeuce (922) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at OBriens, backlogged rating. Sweet malt throughout, with much more roasted coffee overtaking the bitterness, unlike most other black IPAs. Subdued bitterness on the back end; mild hops bite.
Nikiel (870) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark brown (almost black) with creamy brown foam. Smells surprisingly like a barleywine with malts, hops and alcohol all blending together. Tastes very bitter, like an imperial IPA should, but doesn’t finish with the citrusy notes that hops often excrete, but the bitterness combines with the coffee aromas that the malts give. One of the best black IPAs I’ve had.
daleharshman (856) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Stone Bistro. Pours a dark cola brown hue with fluffy khaki head. Aroma is on the weak side but has some hop notes present (pine) and also dark roasted malts. The flavor has notable dark bitter chocolate up front. Then it moves into notes of thick sticky hoppiness with some pine and citrus. There’s bittereness here and it’s hard to know if it’s coming from the dark roasted malts or the hops (or both). The creamy mouthfeel is more reminiscent of a stout. And there is more of that confusing bitterness in the finish along with more bittersweet chocolate and some black coffee. This is more like a hoppy stout or porter than what I think of as a black IPA. This is decent, but there are better examples of this blended style. (51, 413)
robertjm (736) - Albany, California, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a tan rocky head which looks like a stout, rather than an IPA. Black body with some carbonation coating the glass. However, there’s no question that this is an IPA once you get a whiff of the aroma. Nice Left Coast hop bouquet on the pine and citrus side. Wouldn’t surprise me to find out they did a bit of dry-hopping to achieve this. Flavor is also a jekyl and Hyde experience. At first touch very clearly a strong hop character, but that’s quickly taken over by roasted and burnt malts, leaving little hops on the palate. Bitter malts linger quite long in the aftertaste. Light mouthfeel as would be found in an IPA. As for it being an imperial IPA? Perhaps in alcohol level, but I’ve had some IIPA that will slap you silly with hops. This isn’t one of them. Still was a good one to try. Hopefully, they add it to their revolving profiles.
thetmaxx (729) - West Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 31, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into my Alaskan shaker glass from a 22oz. bottle. Pours really deep brown with a reddish greenish hue. Head is light brown, and thin. Aroma is very complex, starting with earthy hops. I also note dried fruit flavor, like raisins maybe. Flavor comes right out with chocolate and roasted flavors. Also pretty bitter from the hops, and no alcohol flavors come through like other high alcohol beers. Good mouth feel, full bodied with lively carbonation and finishes dry. Overall a delicious combination of chocolate and bitter!! Really enjoy this beer!
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pilot Series labeled bomber at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ. Dark brown pour supporting a medium tan head with plenty of retention and very good lacing. Strong aroma of roasted coffee, pine resin and bittersweet chocolate. Starts out like a straightforward IPA with herbal hops, citrus, and bready malt followed strongly and quickly by coffee, caramel and smoke. Smooth texture and medium dry finish that ends as it starts with a brisk hoppy note. Glad I found this brew and extremely glad I found Papago Brewing.
highibus (699) - Vail, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep balck with cocoa colored head. Nice aroma but dominated by alcohol. Would like some more hop aroma. Flabor though is great. Hoppy with good body. Nice finish too. Nice balck ipa.