GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt anf fruity hops. Taste is WOW! Best Black Rye PA. Roasted malt, Rye citrus hops- Tasty as hell. Can’t even notice the 8.3%. Best $6 bomber I ever bought. Great aftertaste and mouth feel.
ccex (1074) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle pours black with a decent and lasting khaki head & rings of lacing. Smells of piney and citrus hops. Aroma includes lots of roasted malts, some chocolate and anise, and of course the hops. Taste is sweet with a dry finish. Medium body with mild carbonation. A very well-crafted black IPA, and as good as any I’ve tried so far.
Billybarool (4) - Northeast, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2012 does not count
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Disappointing aroma. Muted. Nice flavor. Nicely balanced. Lots of piney hops and roasty chocolate notes.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Foxbush (1487) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2012 Draft beer at the Stone brewery. This was recommended by a custoner next to us at the Stone brewery bar in Escondido. This is quite a brewery that i will describe later. The black IPA poured a deep black with a creamy tan head. This was a wonderful beer experience and an outstanding IPA. The bitterness was balanced and ended well in the finish. The small tan head stayed with the ale and the carbonation was soft. Great beer in a wonderful brewpub. Enjoyed a bomber in December. The rye adds a zesty feeling in your mouth. This a special beer with a complex finish that leaves you coming back for more.
ekstedt (5978) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (bomber), courtesy of rlgk. Black with large beige head. Huge hoppy aroma with itrus, pine, dark berries, and spicy menthol supposedly from the rye. Some roasted chocolate aromas in the background. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Semi dry, medium bitterness.
ciaranc (1102) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 21, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is deep black with a lasting, pillowy off-white head. Looks superb. Aroma is new to me and a joy - Hops. rye, straw, frass, orange citrus/zest. More citrus in the flavour and more of that hop/rye combo. Delicious.
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Alewife: Pours a near opaque black with a khaki lacing head. Rich bouquet- rich resiny hops, (chinook?) with a hempy note. Some very subtle dark cocoa under the resiny hop richness. A hint of anise as well. Nice silky body- softly carbonated. Rich flavor, balanced. A hint of soft roast ( dark cocoa) provides a solid malt base to hold up the huge resiny hop character. Bitter, rich oily hop resins- earthy with a long finish of American west coast hop oils and a dark chocolate roast undertone. An outstanding black IPA.
Drake (10501) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Not sure where I got it. Pours a clear dark brown color with a large creamy brown head. Decent head retention. Aroma of big spicy rye notes, floral and herbal hops, almost green, and chocolate malts. The taste is chocolate and roasted malts, citrus and rye. Medium bodied. Quite tasty.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle served in a Midnight Sun chub. Bottled 7/19/12.
A: Pours a dark black color with a one inch pillow of light tan foam forming on the pour. The retention is very nice on the initial pour and the head leaves nice sheets of webbing down the sides of the glass.
S: Grainy rye, mild citrus and light pine are most prominent up front. Slight roast with a semi-sweet bakers chocolate as well.
T: Hoppy notes in large quantities bombard each sip. Light citrus fruit flesh, dried rye with a hint of spiciness, and some mild pine as well. The roast comes in towards the finish with some slight chocolate as well. The hops and rye are really the stars of the show in this one and it seems a tad imbalanced.
M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. The finish is slightly sweet with a mild drying quality to it.
O: This beer was definitely good. I just feel that it missed more of the roasty and darker qualities in the flavor profile. It walked the walk, but didn’t talk the talk. It still has a good taste, but gets docked some points for the imbalance.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 09-16-2012
_angst_ (3544) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber courtesy of rlgk. Pours dark brown with a frothy goldenish beige head that leaves some thick lacing on the glass while dissipating. Smell is slightly sweet, fruity and hoppy with roasted malts, oily pine, pineapple, dried apricots, alcohol, gooseberries, mango, lemon balm, rye flour, dark roast coffee, grapefruit juice, orange peal and hints of dill. Taste is tiny sweet, bitter, fruity and herbal with roasted malts, oily pine, resinous wood, pineapple, mango, lemon balm, dill, gooseberries, dark roast coffee, salty liquorice, dark rye bread, grapefruit juice and hints of orange peal. Mouthfeel is smooth, soft, slightly round, tiny astringent and medium bodied. Finish is bitter and herbal with roasted malts, lemon balm, dark roast coffee, grapefruit rinds and hints of alcohol.