Sleuthdogg (31) - Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into tulip glass...
Appearance: Pours out a dark color that I can only describe as black. It has a tight 2 finger khaki, chocolate milk colored head that sticks around for a surprisingly long time. Moderate lacing on this one. A nice looking black IPA.
Smell: Whew this is an interesting smelling beer. I was expecting much more hops on the nose but instead I get tons of dark malts. I’m picking up toasted characteristics with nutty and biscuit, too. Some mild faint coffee in there also. Then and only then do I get some piney hops on the back end. This smell reminds me much more of a roasty stout than an IPA.
Taste: Oh my, a nice initial taste on this with the roasted coffee, chocolate, and sweetness. This is followed up by a great hop profile of pine hops and bitterness that prickles the taste buds and sticks around for a long time after the swallow. The alcohol at 11% is so well hidden behind all this goodness that it is almost non existent.
Mouthfeel: I think the feel on this beer is spot on for the style. It is medium with moderate carbonation and a creamy feel in the mouth.
Overall: This to me is the best of both worlds in that it is combining a stout and an IPA. I love the melding of flavors in the two styles and the end result is very enjoyable. A sipping beer for me but dangerously so because of the alcohol being so well disguised. I like this beer!
Serving type: bottle
Stuu666 (4087) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 23, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is pineapple, roasted chocolate, taste is similar.
kambei70 (695) - - DEC 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a smal light brown head that leaves lacing. Aroma is sweet roast, chocolate, pine, resin, citrus. Taste is medium/heavy sweet, later heavy bitter, full body, oily texture, soft/medum carbonation. Long dry heavy bitter hop finish with pine and a bit of citrus.
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Headbanger (3415) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle 11/22/14 (Payless Liquors #9-Indy)-40° in Shaker-Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of hops, malt, dark fruit, and chocolate. Taste of hops, dark fruit, caramel, chocolate, and malt. This medium bodied brew is well balanced and hides the ABV very well. Great brew.
AndySnow (4170) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Where: SMÖF 2014.
Appearance: Dark brown colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Chocolate, fruit, malt, citrus, hops, some alcohol.
Body: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.
Flavour: Chocolate, malt, citrus, hops.
PhilJackson80 (389) - Oklahoma, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz Bomber. Tasted on 10/14/14. Bottle from Total Wine Lewisville, TX. Poured to a deep black color similar to an imperial stout with a dark tan thick head. The nose had a roasty smell with a mild hop nite to it. The beer drank very well for a high ABV. On the finish it was pretty dry & not much sweetness to it. Overall a nice beer.
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olsvammel (3635) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at SMÖF 2014. Hoppy and malty smell with chocolate,nuts and cookies. Similar taste with citrus and coffee. Nice strong bitterness, both hoppy and roasted bitterness. Very nice!
slowrunner77 (6163) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"A little age in this bomber, but not too bad. Good, balanced aroma and flavor varying between orange peel and pine, and molasses, chocolate and coffee. Solid slick feeling body. I’d love to try fresh, but total wine won’t let me."
ElCapitan22 (163) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown/black color and has a thick head. Tastes bitter and slightly of chocolate and burnt coffee but in no way is it overpowering. A very good bipa, and I would happily drink this again. A must try.
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Smooth, low hop and roast, hides 10% well.   Citrus peel and pith, thankfully no pasture.   Sweeter than most.   Nice example.   Bottle date is June 2013, but it still has legs.   Hops maybe softer than fresh, but it works.   Good body.   Thanks Kevin!
chucklemation (594) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JUL 30, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head. Has an aroma of pine and citrus hops. Flavor is sweet caramel, pine, and citrus, with quite a bit of bitterness. Very unique and very tasty.