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Bridge Road B2 Bomber

Formerly brewed at Bridge Road Brewers
Style: Black IPA
Beechworth, Australia
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.77/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
The Bridge Road crew like to make a statement with their anniversary beers and the 2010 special is no exception. A true melding of styles, the B2 Bomber is a Black Belgian IPA, bringing together darker, roasted malt varieties, a swagful of hops and a Belgian yeast variety in a quite intriguing mix. The combination of aromas when the dark-as-night beer first poured from the black-labeled champagne bottle like a huge, foam-headed espresso had Crafty confused: “A bag of rubber bands?” Further investigation revealed all manner of aromas – changing as it warmed: sugar sweetness, hints of roasted malts, some fruitiness from the Belgian yeast – even a suggestion of ripe banana. In the mouth, the “Belgian” and “IPA” elements come and go in a flash, with the dark, roasty, toasty flavours dominating and leading to a long, very dry finish underpinned by the hops. Big and bold – in keeping with the stark labeling – and a fine addition to anyone’s cellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (26157) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2011
Bottle at Papsø. Pitch black coloured with a medium sized beige head. Roasted aroma of caramel, dried fruits and dark chocolate. Roasted flavour of caramel, hat and dark chocolate. Roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (40811) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2011
75 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is fruity and mild citrusy to grapefruity. Bitter, dark roasted malty, fruity and mild citric. Bitter, dry dark roasted malty and breadish. Bitter and fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (34643) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2011
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a huge dark brown head. The aroma has notes of chocolate and dark malts. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, chocolate, and roasted malt, as well as hints of ashes, leading to a dry roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2011
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of bluebetty. Pours a clear black with a a reddish hue and a light brown head. Roasty aroma. Medium body, sweet roastiness with a lightly tart edge, heavy carbonation, a subtle edge of phenols. Some chocolate appears late. More of a Porter than a Black IPA really. 180911

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (2810) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 13, 2011
Pours black ruby with a large tan head. Nose shows cocoa, roasted malt, piney hops and a tangy citrus character. Big roasty flavours up front, with lots of espresso, before transistioning to that tangy citrus and light fruit. Soft alcohol also shows. Pretty high carbonation. That acidic, tangy, citric character is obviously out of place, but otherwise good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlyingWombat (21) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 29, 2011
Enjoyed this beer on several occasions in several forms. It was best fresh in draught form, a real "wow" beer in the local craft beer landscape. It was the awesome Aussie Black IPA that existed before the BIPA really took off here in Australia (everyone is brewing one now!). This review is of a 1 year old aged bottle (750ml), poured into tulip glas. Beautiful solid and consistant black appearance with massive creamy tan head. Big aroma of burnt roasty malts, coffee, biscuit, dark fruits and yeast. Hops have clearly mellowed from the aging. Taste is roasted matls, coffee, chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth, full and warm. Solid finish, moreish. Easy to drink and enjoy several at once, even thought the alcoholic effect kicks in quick. Probably wouldn’t want to age it any longer, because the yeast seems to be on the edge of turning. But all round...a well crafted beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maneliquor (3484) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2012 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours jet black. No light coming through at all. A very nice tan head is produced. Not a great deal of lacing. Lots of roasted coffee and chocolte malts on the nose. A touch of piney hops. Chocolate malts come through on the flavour big time. Pine hops finish this one off. Very good and worth the money. Although yeastie boys gives this one a run

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 10, 2011
Big frothy head dark pout light carbonation aromas strong malt coffee chocolate hop fruit vanilla flavour some creaminess coffee rich chocolate dark fruits sharp bitter above medium ibu good fruit character grapefruit lemon yeast goodness well put together ipa finish hopy fruit taste prominent malt tastes a fizz and sparkle pleasing aftertaste lasting bitter

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle. Pours jet black with a dense tan coloured head. Hangs around pretty well leaving nice lacing. Brilliant aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate toffee caramel and coffee offset by some decent citrusy hop aromas. Brilliant stuff. All seems to come together really nice. Flavours pretty much follow what you would expect based on the aromas. Flavours are initially sweet thanks to the dark caramel and toffee. Finish shows lots of bitterness from both the hops and roasted malt. Fullish smooth mouthfeel. Brilliant beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Threepwood (107) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2010
Pitch black with a great mocha head. Aromas are all over the place, coffee, choc & caramel from the malt with some fruit as well. Lovely strong dark malt flavours that really cover up the alcohol. Rich full mouthfeel. This is an outstanding beer, I loved it.

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