mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - MAY 20, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
pours black with a fluffy but sturdy beige head. The nose is full of Citrus and Amarillo with hints of rye malt beneath. The Taste starts with big citrus and pine. Thick "chewie" caramel and toffee malts are next. Spicy rye punches the tongue and rounds out the hops. Hints of pumpernickel, cocoa and Wookey pelt round out the end. Finishes slightly dry and peppery.
This beer is very well balanced. Masterfully made. A limited edition treat you absolutely must try. Itís a great time to be a rye beer lover!
zillano9 (9) - New York, USA - MAY 19, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent. Full taste with a good amount of everything but not overpowering.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
EithCubes (5555) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bomber bottled 12/14/12. Beautiful, gnarly hop aroma, pine and dank wood, spicy rye and black roast, faint citrus but thankfully fresh and biting hops on the whole. Deep dark brown pour with a densely rocky, lacing tan head. Taste of delicious heavy roast, tar, light ash, not to be outdone by zinging, darting pine and spicy hops. Some alcohol, sweet at first but resolving to semi-dry, light/watery body, medium bitterness lasting into the long and hop-drenched aftertaste. Thankfully, the roast/black patent isnít punishing, and the rye porter-type malt and the hops is nothing short of masterful. Yes!
If thereís hope for Black IPAs as an emergent style, this should be their standard-bearer. Canít think of anything Iíd change here.
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, pours a beautiful midnight black with a light tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, rye. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, and piney hops finishing very bitter, yet smooth and somewhat dry. Pretty solid.
sfhodense (4789) - Odense Nō, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brown with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, citrus, peach, pepper and grapefruit. Flavour is roasted malt, citrus, peach and grapefruit.
thewolf (12027) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ CBC 2013.
Pours clear brown with a small, creamy, beige head. Aroma has caramel, chocolate, pine, peach, resin. Low carbonation, nice dry and light oily mouthfeel. Flavour has sweetness at first, malts, roasted, light chocolate, peach, resin. Nice balance.
matthewjk (1060) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2016 Despite the high rating, this didnít do it for me --it falls flat somehow. Muddled completion, confusing flavors. Draft 16oz
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
HeadyDE (746) - Delaware, USA - MAY 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour offering at state line..not really a fan of black ipa..so canít really say that this was that memorable..black hue decent mouthfeel..medium body..does hide the abv nicely..
Indecipherable (14) - - MAY 15, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark pour, but smells and tastes of delicious citrus, pine, malts...very good beer
jake65 (3413) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Three fingers of creamy tan head atop a dark brown body. Sticky lacing. A sweet aroma of citrus and pine. The smell carries through to the flavor, but stronger bitters emerge. Plays nicely with the roasted malt tones. Finishes with a lingering bitter/roast 1-2 combo. I was expecting great, which this fell short of, but still very good.