clarkgriswold (4) - Alabama, USA - FEB 15, 2011 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
First had on tap, then in a bottle (draft is better). A very drinkable black ipa. First a hint of chocolate and roasted maltls followed by a grapefruit and pine hop finish. Thinner mouthfeel which helps the drinkability. After i was done with one immediately ordered a second.
bhensonb (9825) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 8, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Bottleworks. Pours dark brown with a rather creamy tan head. "Big floral citrus hop flavor" - oh yeah. Really big. Wait- thatís the aroma. Itís also the flavor. This stuff is so hoppy itís almost leafy. Freakin far out!!!!!!!! They nailed this one. Finishes full of flavor and very bitter. Cocoa? Eh! Slight roast? Eh! Pretty roasted and maybe a little chocolate, but lots of hop. Very good indeed.
SPDickerman (827) - Texas, USA - APR 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black that shines ruby with two fingers of sudsy, off-white head. Smells floral with some roastiness behind it. Tastes all malt, strongly roasted with hints of cocoa powder on the back end. Medium-to-full bodied with creamy texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Full Sail Bump in the Night Brewmaster Reserve 2011 finishes kind of with a chalky dryness and hints of bitter cocoa powder.
kerenmk (1568) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 23, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks David Cohen. Pours dark and clear. Prune, flower and purple aroma (for the Synesthetes among you), lots of hoppy bitterness in the mouth, dry finish, medium carbonation, medium body and thoroughly balanced. very nice.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Full Sail Bump in the Night is a very clear, dark reddish brown ale with a bubbly, light beige head that fades to a film and leaves excellent lacing. It has an aroma of grapefruit peel with a note of caramel or brown sugar. Itís medium bodied and pretty smooth with a hint of chalkiness in the dry finish. Thereís lots of mouthwatering citrusy bitterness. Thereís a hint of roast thatís almost ashy. Thereís a little touch of sweetness in there, like burnt sugar. It has a little alcohol flavor, which is a little distracting and a little odd at 6.5% ABV. Itís a little too zany to be a session ale. 22 ounces at lunch was a bit much.
obguthr (3312) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really nicely blended aroma of fudge, pine, fig, thistle, and charred oak. Clear chestnut brown, medium egg shell head. Pine and tree bark flavor, with light toast hints. Finishes with char. This is probably the best example of what this style is suopposed to be, although it is not the best black IPA, if that makes sense.
EithCubes (4409) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Rich chocolate and grapefruity hop nose, light cocoa and roast., but the PNW hops prevail. Pretty mahogany pour with a tan head. Lightly sour and acrid, low bitterness, very dry (no sweetness), sticky light body, citrus with some resin and paper and orange juice, berry and light pine. The light cocoa and roast push into the aftertaste. Quenching leafy greens here, no real caramel, but some nice floral highlights. Very, very sticky. A surprisingly complex brew, balanced between a lot of ropes pulling in various directions. Really quenching, immensely drinkable (and the alcohol isnít really noticeable, though it does warm slightly with speed), and really manages to have a character all of its own, no improper mish-mash of contrasting styles. This is probably the first Black IPA/Cascadian Dark Iíve had that warrants the new categorization - really something all on its own. And frigginí delicious.
llcooldave (992) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark black in color and a touch of red. Aroma is a nice clean floral "Irish Spring" soap notes. Very assertive upfront roasted malt flavors; coffee & burnt toast that fades to a nice citrus hops bitterness. Overall, itís very drinkable! A solid brew...
badlizard (5526) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 21, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden red with a creamy off white head. Sweet citrus chocolate and caramel aroma and taste with a bready bitter finish.
J_man (619) - Tustin, California, USA - APR 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The piney, oily hop aroma coming off this orangy/brown beer with an off-white head is strong and surprising. Those hops follow through on the first sip with a dry astringency and pungent citrus and orange peel notes. Thereís also a grassy/cannabis flavor in the mix. A dry roastiness and woody flavor follows this and all that dryness is left behind on the tongue with a bitter chocolate taste. Very tasty and unusual ale.