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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
Everyone loves a good ninja, and we’re no exception. This beer has chopped, flipped and posed its way to its pedestal as one of our most popular and asked-about offerings. "How?" you may ask. Part of it is pure stealth power and part of it is pure secret, and we’d have to kill you. But the other part is the rich, satisfying body and hard-hitting chocolate finish with notes of coffee and caramel. Carefully measured quantities of Mt. Hood, Northern Brewer and Cascade hops added with masterful precision balance it all out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zizzybalubba (1795) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 15, 2010
On tap at Asheville Pizza and Brewing (Coxe Ave.). Dark, cola-like pour with a quickly dissipating khaki head. Aroma of light floral hops, coffee, and toasted malt. Roasted malt and chocolate flavors. Thick for a low ABV porter. Good overall even if this was heavier than I expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
alexsdad06 (9007) - Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2010
22 oz. bottle from the Greenlife Grocery in Asheville. Pours a clear dark brown color with a small beige head. The aroma was roasted coffee/espresso with a slight sourness. The flavor was roasted to almost burnt, dark chocolate, coffee with more sour fruitiness. Dry with some bitterness in the finish. Very thin and watery. I don’t know how old this was or how well it was stored, but it was not something I would seek out again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9384) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2010
22 oz. bottle from Bruisin’ Ales. Cool bottle- ninja and rising sun theme. Pours a very dark brown color with a centimeter-thick tan head that leaves some thin, consistent lacing down the sides of the glass. Aroma of coffee beans, vanilla, milk chocolate, roasted malts, and malt powder. Flavor of milk chocolate powder, roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, metallic notes, and a bit of hops. Medium bodied, with gentle carbonation and a powdery mouthfeel. Unfortunately a bit too watery. Otherwise, this is a nice porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jhliesen (831) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Bomber from Asheville Pizza--pours a dark brown, almost black with minimum head and little lacing on the glass during the drink. Chocolate, roasted malt and some smoke comprised the aroma. The taste was of mild sweetness from the chocolate. Slightly bitter for a porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2009
On tap @ Asheville Pizza. Very dark brown, light tan head. Flavor is sweet malt. Chalky far roast. Unique. A bit of smoke. Loads of chocolate malt in the finish. Hints of coffee and caramel. Nice wooded hop character. Rich deep roasted malt nose. Nice caramelized sugar aroma.
27 Oct 09

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (13284) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Bomber poured a clear dark brown nearly black with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee and carmel. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, bakers cocoa and light coffee with a smooth lingering roasty finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Serving: Draft. Appearance: Dark brown with some garnet highlights and a creamy, tan head. Decent lacing. Aroma: Roasted coffee notes with light caramel notes in the background. Taste: Roasted malt, husk, coffee, slight fruitiness and some nuttiness. Perhaps a bit over roasted. Palate: Medium-low carbonation with a medium mouthfeel and a medium-short, roasty finish. Overall: This certainly isn’t taking the place of my favorit porters, but it isn’t terrible either. Rebuy: Probably not.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italianjohn (2892) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2009
Pours dark black tan head full and creamy with some lacing coffee and caramel aroma coffee and little bit of chocolate taste slight bitterness going down very good and enjoyable tasty brew

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Bomber. Poured cola brown with a huge, creamy cap of khaki head, which also rolled up and out of the bottle. The aroma picked up dusty, drier chocolate notes and toasty black malts, but there was some cardboard and dank potential infection that got in the way. The flavor had more genero-dark malts than chocolate, with some touches of choc and molasses on the edges.. mild sourness again hinted at infection, and the same dark, dank stuff from the nose was in here.. roasty chocolate and molasses with a hint of cardboard on the finish. Medium-bodied and too carbonated on the palate.. this may be in the early-ish stages of infection.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (4300) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2009
from tasting notes - tap sampler at the coxe ave location: dark brown pour with small light tan head. muted aroma of roasty malts, chocolate and coffee. taste is the same with a cola feel to it. texture thin to medium. definitely drinkable enough for a porter.

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