jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber shared with the family. A solid dark black in the glass, with a nice foamy medium tan head and a bit of lacing. Nose is pine hops, toffee, caramel, a little chocolate. Flavor again dominated by pine/citrus hops, along with a little coffee-like roasted malt bitterness. A bit sweet in the finish with a nice citrus note. Turned out to be pretty much exactly what I expected when I heard of this beer - and that’s a good thing. Another winner from Deschutes.
brenn79 (1640) - Idaho, USA - JUL 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2010 22 oz. bottle- Pours almost black with red highlights, with a nice frothy tan head. Big aroma as soon as I poured, roasted malts and hops, very interesting, it’s making me thirsty. In the flavor big hop character, the hops are very dry, not sweet citrus or piney, just a really dry bitterness, roasted malts are very prominent as well, this is one tasty beverage. I am always leery of dark IPAs because I like regular IPA’s citrusy and piney, thats what I like most in my IPA’s, but this is in a style all its own. Very impressed.
phaleslu (7107) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle shared by umr_urgefan over at stlhops.com. Thanks again, Paul! Pours a somewhat cloudy dark brown color with a small beige head. Aroma of piney hops, citrus, chocolate malts, earth, and caramel. Great smell. Flavor of pine resin, caramel, orange citrus, toasted malts, and earth. Lingering hop bitterness. Medium-bodied, with a good amount of carbonation and a bitter, earthy mouthfeel. Really nice black IPA.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
black with white head. citrusy and floral hop nose. firm bitterness before the aforementioned hop flavor being strong but not overwhelming, some mild chocolate notes, but very little sweetness. tastes like an ipa, little character that the color would indicate, much less malt character than an indian brown
BuckeyeBoy (2975) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Pours out a dark brown topped with a tall tan head. Aroma was of piney hops, roast malts, and floral notes. Taste was a very good balance between the huge hop selection and the sweet malts. They did a very nice job rounding this one out.
arminjewell (7270) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours deep brown with off white head, aroma is strange with some piny hops mixed with chocolate and coffee. Taste is very similar, with big spice and pine hops leading into chocolate and coffee, at first didn’t seem like a good combination but really mixes well and shines. Nice brew.
drjay44 (2829) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a medium mocha head, with attractive lacing, over a dark brown (SRM 35-37), apparently clear body.....nose is heavy pine, light citrus, hints of coffee, chocolate......taste is light toffee/caramel, then pine, citrus with a lingering hop/roasted malt bitterness.....mouth feel is medium, carbonation makes for a creamy sensation. This is a well balanced and somewhat different beer. The hops are definitely present, but the malts do not let them dominate. A well done beer. BJCP 7/3/15/5/7.
DalzAle (2001) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz Bomber. Dark brown pour, creamy white head and a slightly fruity hop aroma. Flavor slightly some smoky malts, crisp dry hops, herbs and bready bitterness on the finish. Solid beer, and decently priced at $5/bomber.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, but not quite black. Good, deep tan head. Aroma is tons of fresh hops. In the taste, the dark malty flavors seem to hit, followed by the taste of hops with some bitterness and finally followed by coffee flavors that linger throughout the finish, with bitterness coming back again. Outstanding.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - JUL 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours solid black with a creamy brown head. Aroma of floral, citrus and piney hops, roast malt. Taste has a great balance between hops- floral and pine again and dark burnt malt. Medium body, soft carbonation. Lingering resin and burnt bitter finish.