AWISLguy (2400) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Cardinal in Niles. Pours cola black - opaque - with a bit of a foamy tan head. A little lacing. Aroma has chocolate liquour, ashes and some grapes. Taste is of burnt over-roasted malts, a nuttiness, chocolate, sweet caramel and a lot of resin. Quite bitter from the burnt malts and nuts, but with sweetness back. Some alcohol presence. Finishes strongly bitter with some length. Generally not as hoppy as the black ipa blends I have enjoyed.
MrBunn (2711) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Dark brown pour with a pretty big sudsy head and hugely hoppy aromas with a little chocolate malt hiding in the background. It’s a resin and citrus hops presence in the nose, but the flavor itself is much more chocolate, with the hops in the background a bit. Kind of a flip-floppy beer that moves back and forth. It’s more like a very hoppy chocolate stout than a black IPA, at least in my opinion. It’s good... But not immortal.
Brewticular (86) - - AUG 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty good black ipa with a stronger malt than I’ve had in previous black ipa’s. The alcohol bite at the end was a little much for what I was looking for.
budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown/black with an ample head and thick lacing left behind. The aroma is a blast of hops and dark fruity esters. The taste is fantastically hoppy with just the right amount of toasted grain. This beer is brilliant.
AmEricanbrew (6656) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body with dark tan head. Dark chocolate, spicy and pine hop aromas. medium body. Dank floral, spicy, pine hoppy bitter flavors with a semi sweet chocolate malt base brew--very good
jjgmd (1960) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well, it lives up to its name. Pours a dark deep black color with a nice coffee
colored head. Nose is all hops and citrus. Taste is mad bitter with some citrus and subtle notes of chocolate. Finish is long, and hoppy. Nice IPA for hopheads. Quaff Score 7 / 10
zgaier (1884) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with an off white head and aroma of biting grapefruit and pine. Taste is very hoppy, of grapefruit, pine, roasted malt, and alcohol with a long, massive bitter finish. Lot of hop flavor in this black IPA, very nice.
kaser (5502) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour. Sticky tan head. Hoppy and Sort of oily. Chocolate and nutty flavor. Good stuff
Drake (11499) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber shared by Butters at the 18th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering. Pours a clear dark brown color with a medium sized frothy brown head. Good head retention. Aroma of dark malts, chocolate and raisin. The taste is chocolate, raisin, bitter pine and resin hops, candied fruits. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness. More like a hoppy Brown than a Black IPA, but still really good.
obguthr (5485) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Weak cola smell. Cola brown, medium yellow head. Tangy char on the front end. Bitter on the back, perhaps pine.