PorterPounder (6533) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Proof Bottle Shop - 22 oz bomber. Pours a dark brown/jet black with a sticky khaki colored head. Aroma leaves a bit to be desired. Initially has some chlorine notes, as it settles, a bit of chocolate comes through and a hint of peppery spiciness. Flavor is bold and full-bodied, some chocolate notes, a hint of spruce, some slight citrusy bitterness and a touch of peppery spiciness in the back end. Mouthfeel is thick and slick. Decent
rbrazell (1698) - Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown pour, probably one SRM off from black with a small tan head and some decent lacing. Pungent, sticky, dank, dry-esque hops with underlying roasted and coffee malts. Light citrus on the front of tongue with roasted and coffee malts through mid palate ending on a bit of astringent note. Medium bodied and dry. Pretty tasty.
jbruner (3189) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque black from the bomber with a thin tan head and moderate lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, pine from hops, and slight coffee notes. Taste is like a zesty, piney, roasted, almost burnt coffee, but well balanced and a bit of a burn on the way down from the alcohol. Good stuff.
DialSquare (3664) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber from Proof. Black pour with a light brown head and good retention. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and pine. Tastes are sweet burnt malts, coffee, juicy hops, salty and a chocolate milky vibe. All of that is in fine balance with an even warm finish. Medium bodied. Very nice. An easy drinking sipper.
omhper (21892) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled at SBWF. Near black, small head. Aroma of vanilla and grapefruit. Medium-full bodied with rounded mouthfeel. Under the hoppy nose rests dark chocolate and coffee as well as white pepper and licorice. Juicy citrus is interrupted by chili-like heat and alcohol in the finish.
mile (3573) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark brown, hazy, average and mostly diminishing light brown head. Moderate malty and sweetish aroma, light caramel and light roasted malt with some tropical fruitiness, lots of grapefruit - piney hoppyness. Body is medium to full, malty and sweetish flavor, light caramel and some roasted malt, some fruitiness, lots of grapefruit - piney hoppyness. Finish is average to long, malty and lightly sweetish, light caramel and some roasted malt and lots of piney hoppyness. Really well hopped (black)IPA - not too sweet/too much caramel.
gnoff (9191) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2014 First rating
Sampled at GABF on Saturday October 13, first session.
Black color, brown head. Sweet, chocolate scent. Sweet, chocolate taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
Bottle thanks to Dunbar72! On Feb 22, 2014.
Black color, small dark brown head. Sweet, hoppy, roasted scent. Sweet, malty, grainy, a bit hoppy taste. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bitterness.
Rather lovely this one!
Swans (128) - FRANCE - OCT 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 19/20
I’m not a big fan of the cascadian dark ales. Black malts need time and fresh hops is better.... But this one is explosive! Perfect Mix
ekstedt (6162) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (bomber) from bierkompass.de. Black with a red edge, medium beige head. Strong hoppy aroma with pine needles and apricot, som perfumy notes, dark chocolate and coffee. Meidum bodied, soft carbonation. Semi dry, medium bitterness.
RichTheVillan (5216) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black IPA’s confuse me and appeal to me at the same time this one is a good one they have decided to call it an Imperial Black Ale. Loads of american hops in aroma which are present in the taste well balanced with chocolate roast malts.