dmac (4161) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber from Spirits RB. Unimpressive aroma with notes of citrus and grain and a slight hint of dry chocolate powder. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a slightly dry finish. The flavor steps up nicely with lots of burnt malts, a hint of chocolate and rye on the finish. Good stuff even with the weak aroma.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pitch black, large tan head. nose of pungent herbal hops. thin body and high carbonation for the style, far too high. firm bitterness then a ton of above-mentioned hop flavor, just a touch of chocolate notes and a bit of spicy rye flavor. this brew is more of a indian brown ale than a porter, very little porter black patent notes. this finish is nice and dry with a touch of fruity esters. would be much better with lower carbonation and another style
tmgiddings (41) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber - This is not a porter- not even close. It pours a clear, dark brown with a thin wispy head that fades away quickly. The aroma is big resin and pine with a little caramel. Taste is piny with a thin caramel malt backbone. Mouthfeel is light with minimal hop oil.
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very hoppy, a porter? I think not. Def dark like a porter, has some bitterness due to roasting, etc, however most if not all is derived from the hops. Lots of punch from all angles in this one.
forsides (118) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark brown, small head. mellow nose.. some light vanilla and chocolate notes along with some booze. taste is very bitter, and full of that rye tang, and rye bread taste. med full bodied. resiny mouthfeel
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
20100425 bomber from Wine World. Dark cola brown with sticky, tall tan head. Aroma is largely soapy with big pine hops, freshly herbal, minty, light burnt malt, burnt rubber, blueberry. Flavor continues the confusion of the aroma, though allows some of the burnt notes to seem more roasty, light chocolate, and with some vanilla and butterscotch, especially late. Body is thin for an 8 percent beer, actually a bit slick. Odd stuff with a lot of off aromas and back of the palate flavors hiding behind huge hops and bitter roasted grain. I didnít love this one, but was at least pleasantly surprised that it was so hoppy.
bluejacket74 (1361) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a dark reddish/brown with about an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. From the aroma you can definitely tell this beer has rye in it! The spicy rye aroma is strong, with some earthy hops and caramel and bready malt also noticable. Taste is similar to the aroma, the rye and earthy/pine hop flavors dominate, with some hints of roasted malt and chocolate in there, too. Thereís also a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit slick and coating and is well carbonated. Drinkability is pretty good, itís smooth and very easy and enjoyable to drink. I think this brew is more a Black IPA than it is a Porter, but Iím not complaining. Itís a good overall beer, too bad itís only brewed once. Iíd like to see this brew become a regular offering.
dlovell2 (854) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown color with amber tint. Creamy white head. Slight smoke aroma and pine. Piney flavor. Rye taste in finish with licorice in aftertaste.
eaglefan538 (2902) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 20, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from SL. Pour was deep dark brown-black, off-white tan head, only a cm or so, but man, rings of lacing all the way down. The aroma was chocolate, roast, caramel, fruits, pine. The flavor was roasty, bitter rye, chocolate, piney hops, a touch of licorice. The mouthfeel was full, tangy (rye?), bitter, hoppy, nice.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
By far the most hoppy beer I have ever had from this brewer. The palate is fruity with the rye coming out on the dry finish. Hops are the focal point with peach being a predominate flavor. Overall, a nice to really nice rendition of an India Black Ale.