bhensonb (9861) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 15, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA. Pours dark brown with garnet hilites and a 4 finger creamy tan head. Aroma of resin with some unusual light fruits - maybe tropical. Full bodied. Flavor is resin with a small touch of chocolate and smooth dark/toast malt. And that fruit is still in the background. Guava? Not good on tropical fruit. Itís very nice. Quite bitter, but enough fruit to make it interesting/enticing. Brilliant, even.
Tmoney99 (9630) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured clear black color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted and produced excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy complex toasted resin and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. This beer exceeded my expectations.
brokensail (9202) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours almost black in color with a big khaki head. A nice citrus and pine hop nose, some strong herbal notes to it as well. Itís somewhat roasty and chocolatey, maybe a bit of smoke. The flavor is more malty than expected: lots of roast and chocolate. Still a nice herbal and piney hop flavor. Medium in body with medium carbonation.
Ratman197 (8514) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Drakes Barrel House poured a clear dark redish brown with a smal lingering tan head. Aromas of roastiness, charcoal, grapefruit and light pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of charcoal, roasted malt, grapefruit and light pine with a smooth dry lingering bitter roasty finish.
daknole (8013) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice dark pour, good sized light head. Aroma is spicy hops up front, roasted malt and some toffee notes. Flavor is really damn nice. Not many in this style are right, this one is! Hops and malt join well and the roast doesnt leave anything to be desired. Well done.
BMan1113VR (7702) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Blue Palms. Pours with a completely black body with a large and fully retentive tan head. Great lace. Aromas are of pine and dank hops, lots of fruit notes. Malt is roasty, bready with some nut shells. Flavors are roasty, molasses, and coffee. Pine, dank, tropical fruit and citrus. Lasting bitterness. To be honest, this is very solid fresh. Lively bubbles, dry. Nice hop profile and not too roasty (thankfully).
adnielsen (7595) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Danís house, courtesy of doodler. Thanks Scott! A bit orangish, quite dark brown appearance with a light brown head. Chocolate, minty/herbal, a bit earthy, somewhat piney aroma. Rich dark chocolate, marshmallow, vanilla, a bit smoky, earthy/herbal hoppy flavor. Delicious chocolate flavor. Really a nice beer.
Dogbrick (6859) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours brownish-black with a medium foamy tan head that diminishes slowly. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of piney hops and malt. Medium-bodied with flavors of toasted malt, resiny hops and a bit of chocolate. The finish is hoppy up front with a roasty malt aftertaste. Pretty good all around.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Ruby-mahogony beer with a light tan head. Grapefruit and caramel aroma with cocoa. Chocolate/cocoa flavor with grapefruit and pine. Medium bodied. Grapefruti and light cocoa lingers with light pine.
Ibrew2or3 (6208) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber pours deep mahogany with infra red edges and a nice tan head. The aroma offers up some spicy black licorice, dark roasted malts and then some pine hops in the background. The taste is wow, great black IPA, where I get chewy sticky malt infused pine hops mixing with modest levels of dark roasted malts and just a dash of burnt malts. Beneath these notes is a thin layer of citrus hop flavor and a lesser amount of citrus hop bitterness banging around in the background. Yummy fully hop forward version of the style. Dig it!