notalush (4578) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber - they call this beer a "hybrid," but I call it a beer with an identity crisis - itís not really hoppy enough to be a black/brown IPA, but at the same time, there is enough woody, citric hop presence to make it hard to enjoy as a brown ale, despite the nutty malt richness, notes of tobacco, and light toffee notes - the hop acids just taste weird on top of these qualities - the finish is really where it gets the most bitter, and once the malt subsides and the hops are all that remain on the palate, the beer is okay - this just doesnít come together well for me.
Ughsmash (6967) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, Release #8. Poured deeper brown with a well-retained, toasted beige head.. looked great! The aroma picked up fresh herbal and spicy citrus hoppage over biscuity malts and a bit of semi-sweet chocolate.. well-balanced and inviting. The flavor found bitter, green citrus notes on the tip of the tongue, with biscuit notes, bakerís chocolate, and burnt roasty malts behind.. bitter and very tasty on the long, spicy finish. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.. great balance.. loved it!
onceblind (3529) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Hazy amberish brown with a foamy light tan head, with loads of sticky lace. Nose is very full and large with whole cone semi-bitter leafy hops, lots of lupulin and resin, with a sweet toast malt undertone. Smells a bit caustic. Taste is large and toasty with some light notes of cocoa and dark toast malts, but there is an overriding flavor of resinous leafy hops throughout, and more strongly so on the finish. Not my kinda brown at all.
BrettTaylor (363) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured as a taster at Denver taproom. aroma of choc and caramel, malt, bile maybe, round notes of choc, dark coffee, malt. This is a very nice brown.
Iphonephan (2575) - McLean, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared at Ryanís. Pours a clear light cola Brian with a thick tan head. Feint malty nose. Flavors of toasted nuts and grassy hops. Medium bodied. Bitter finish.
hayduke (3130) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. Poured a dark brown with a light tan head. Very nice lacing. Nose of roasted malts, pine, and nuts Soft medium mouth feel. Flavor is earthy with chocolate, some pine and floral hops, and a lightly bitter finish. Complex flavors and very drinkable. Very nice beer and an excellent brown.
Strykzone (4377) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Hayduke. We had it together via facebook chat. This pours with a huge beige head that slowly fades with a big mesa in the middle. Very cool lacing. A dark brown beer. The aroma was cocoa with some grass. Despite all of the foam it feels flat. There is also cocoa in the flavor that dominates. Airish hops that are floral and perhaps noble. Some grass and earth. Also bitterness that is quite dry. Earth grows as the beer warms and fruity hops are noted. This is not a style I usually like and I am not sure why. This had some complexity along with big sweetness.
skmikeg (677) - Poway, California, USA - SEP 14, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with a two finger tab head with nice lacing. Aroma is of toasted sweet malts, earthy pine hops, caramel, some nuttyness and some molasses. Taste is pine, citrus, toasted sweet malts, burnt caramel, molasses, grass, nuts, and some earthy hops. Has a medium body wih a creamy mouthfeel and a slighty dry, semi bitter, medium long finish. Overall, a hoppy and tasty brown ale that almost tastes like a black IPA.
gripweed57 (482) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler from Joe Canalís in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Pours a translucent dark brown color with a small creamy beige head. Nice clinging lace. Big roasted malt nose has hints of coffee and burnt caramel. Rich chocolate malt flavor is balanced by an aggressive spicy hoppiness. Chewy mouthfeel and full bodied. Epic website says this is a Black IPA. Itís a very nice brew.
brigg (484) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Dark brown body, big light brown head that forms peaks as it fades. Nice balance of sweet roasted malt and hops in the aroma. Flavor of dark roasted malt, slight coffee, lingering chocolate, string grassy hops, faint orange citrus, noticeable alcohol. Medium body.