Ober (2807) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - AUG 8, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A black colored beer, with a thick foamy beige head. The aroma of sweet roasted malt with fruits and hop, The taste of sweet fruits, roasted malt, laurel and some hops. The aftertaste of laurel, some fruits with a little bitter.
rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap. black with one finger head. very solid black ipa with rich malt body and very nice crisp hops.
garthicus (2651) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Brock. Appearance: Pitch black, creamy yellow head. Aroma: lactose, spice, a quick metallic nose, roasty. Flavour: Roasty, tangy, toast, a little hoppy with a decent malty finish.
mjg74 (2478) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from BevMo. Nose is quite hoppy with a little bit of sweet roasted maltiness. Fairly hoppy with some sweetness. Good amount of roast. Nice balance of hops and roast.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - SEP 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Dark brownish red with a small light tan head. Aroma is lots of citrus, pine and floral hops with coffee, spicy rye and chocolate. Flavor is bitter hops, roasted coffee, cocoa, and light alcohol. Medium body with a thick mouth feel. This is a nice big, hoppy, black IPA. There is a lot going on but seems to work good together.
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(tap at San Diego location) deep black with tan head. Roast malt aroma with some citrus. Taste was coffee, roast malt with a lot of citrus hops in the finish.
jonno (2231) - JAPAN - FEB 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
KS got the chops - this is pretty darn good. Good chocolate malt body, a hint of rye with some pretty big PNW hops. All tied together pretty well. Not overtly flash, but lean, mean and hop green.
DedicatedToFun (2122) - Santa Monica, California, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Super awesome black ipa, bomber from whole foods, rich dark ipa, roasty, piney, kickass
StefanSD (2068) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUL 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2011 Taster at Bev4less. Black pour with a medium tan head that had good retention. The aroma is sharp with chocolates and some burnt toast. The flavor is more of the same, lost of roasted malts, biter walnuts, spicy breads and burnt toast. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long and biter. Overall: Very tasty.
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - JUN 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle -
While walking the aisles at my local BevMo, I keep seeing the same selection. But out of the corner of my eye, I see a stack of new Karl Strauss beers and quite the nice price at less than $5 a bomber. And like any good beer geek, I had to get one.
So on a Sunday afternoon after my Raiders gave a beatdown to the Jets of New York, I popped the cap to this one and was quite suprised at what lay in store for me. The beer poured out an inky, jet black body with a eruptive 3-finger dirty white head. Aroma had a thumping chocolate/hoppy 1-2 punch with some support from char, smoke and a light meat marinade. Flavor started out with an up-front and center roasty malt note like a porter or a stout, but then the tarty-rye character shows up and it starts to stand up to the roasty notes. Pepper-like notes show up around mid-palate and combine the roasty-ness of the malts, the bitterness of the hops, the tartness of the rye and the spicey/peppery-ness of maybe the yeast and this is one damn good beer. Creamy mouthfeel, fantastic lacing left behind. Kudos for making a great, great beer.