potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Not quite black, more dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma is big pine hops, hints of coffee and chocolate malts. Taste is uninspiring and some things are off. Significant hop bite with strong roasted coffee finish, though not without leaving a strange metallic artificial taste on tongue. Too thin. Overall a below average black ipa.
DeadGuyPerez (106) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted at the American Craft Beer Fest in Boston. Pours a dark reddish brown. Best of both worlds for those who like dark beers and IPA’s. Dark malts, some sweetness, plenty of floral hops. Very different, very drinkable.
jkwood04 (3866) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 19, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at American Craft Beer Fest 2010. Pours very dark brown. Aroma citrusy with coffee notes. Flavor of toffee, hops, and coffee. Thick texture. A pretty unique beer.
Kevinkarpiak (18) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark, like a stout, and not hoppy. But tasty, nice on the palate, and introduced me to a whole new style of beer-- the black ipa
AGAquino (659) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Cambridge Common in Boston. Dark brown almost black, tan head and very nice lacing. Sweet aroma with traces of hop bitter. Quite balanced, noticeable carbonation. Flavors of malt, chocolate, and hoppy floral bitter. Nice lingering aftertaste
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big thanks to Ben for sharing this one at the Brick Store.
This one pours very close to black with some deep mahogany showing through when held up to the light. There is a small and short lived beige head that recedes to a small collar, leaving only traces of lacing.
The aroma is big on citrus and pine hop bitterness with hints of sweet oranges and pineapples alongside the heavily roasted black malts. Overall, it’s a good nose, but a fairly subdued aroma overall.
The taste is also very bitter, but with less citrus and floral hop flavors and more of a metallic-type bitterness, especially in the finish. The black roasted malts are certainly prevalent especially as it warms, but it’s the bitterness that stands out.
The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low to moderate carbonation.
I’m definitely excited to try something from a new brewery and this is not a bad start, but I think the hop bitterness is a bit overdone in the flavor given the relative lack of real hop flavors. Still, not bad.
thornecb (4362) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black into a stein. Creamy micro head pancakes as it slowly recedes leaving spotted spiders. Thin, dark caramel and pine resin aromas. Dark roasted chocolate upfront turning to pine and grapefruit in the lasting earthy finish.
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Julios I think? Pours a dark ruby brown almost black with a massive foamy tight mocha creme head- never fades, and leaves some lace. Aroma is initially slight phenolic on first opening, but dissipates quickly as tons of minty grassy and medium sticky dank Columbus hops hit you, Amarillo is a bit hidden, but there is also hints of coffee and roast barley in the background. Flavor is initially almost a very hoppy stout- reminds me of the old Troegs Oatmeal stout which was insanely hopped with columbus like this one- roast is noticeable, so is chocolate malt, huge nutty black malts, but it still kinda skews to a black IPA with how much grassy mint, pine and dank Columbus are in here- again the amarillo seems lost and Columbus dominates. Light caramel sweetness in the mid palate and a long lingering nice spearmint and piney hop bitterness in the end. Really nice overall- kind of a cross between a hoppy foreign stout and a Black IPA. Better than expected, although I should have expected it to be good coming from Mercury. I think I mostly liked this one because it reminded me of Troegs Oatmeal stout which isnt made anymore and reminds me of college.
drseusszb200 (688) - Florida, USA - APR 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured dark with a nice head smelled like a stout. tasted like a stout with a nice hoppy finish. very good
Qubert (62) - USA - MAR 15, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle pours a dark black with white head. Sweet aroma with grapefruit and pine. Bitter taste with typical pine/grapefruit flavors. Not my favorite IPA.