wxman (1713) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark, nearly opaque, cola color with a robust light tan head. Aroma is pine cones and dark malt. Smooth bitter dark chocolate flavor with notes of grapefruit and freshly ground coffee. In spite of the cascade hop presence, i think the bitterness is primarily from the dark roasted malts. A fine effort!
adnielsen (10427) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home. Black appearance with a big, carbonated, brown head. Piney, bushy hoppy, lightly bitter, roasty dark malty aroma. Mild roasty, slightly burnt malty, piney, a little bitter, mild grapefruit, hoppy flavor with more resin and piney finish. Overall a pretty solid Black IPA.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep black with a pleasant aroma of lightly roasted grapefruit and slightly charred orange rind. Flavor is grapefruit coffe with a finish of piny nuts. Slippery and oily on the palate. Tasty brew.
crossovert (10906) - Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2011
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
It pours a dark brown with a fluffy off-white/tan head that leaves a lot of lacing.
Smell is hoppy and chocoaltey. The hops are real good.
The flavor is a bit lacking. It wants to be hoppy and roasty and malty at the same time but it is an off-balance.
The mouthfeel is a bit thin.
thirdeye11 (5975) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bomber) clear medium red with thick soapy tan head. Nose of chocolate malt, citrus, chocolate cracker and pineapple. Taste of chocolate malt, orange, well balanced in general and a creamy linger.
p1meatloaf (256) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bought bomber in denver and opened in San Diego into pint glass. Looks quite black. nice off brown head. smells of darkness and pine. Tastes at first of a round thick dark maltness followed closely by some hop flavor and a bit of bitterness. Malt is a bit stronger on the balance for this bottle but none the less still a quite tasty beer that i want another of if i could find it in SD. overall 7.5 of 10.
SSSteve (4006) - - AUG 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. pours a deep brown, almost black, with a large, foamy tan head. nose has a good mix of floral and juicy citrus hops coming through. no real darkness in the aroma. the flavor is still hoppy for the most part. i get some chalky cocoa notes and an odd funky tone deep in there somewhere towards the finish. it’s not as "dark" flavored as the appearance would lead you to believe. really nice floral notes. overall, it drank perty good.
GranvilleTim (1840) - Granville, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with a brown head. Nice hoppy aroma of citrus. Taste is roasted malt and hops. Low carbonation, ok taste. Leaves a pleasant aftertaste.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, hops, pine, resin, slight citrus, fresh-cut hops, light grapefruit, and a little roasting. Poured brown/ruby in color with a huge, creamy, dense, rocky, tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of small particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium sweet and medium bitter. Tastes of malt, hops, pine, light roasting, light caramel, and citrus. Thin, tingly, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, hop, pine, resin, roast finish is dry.
EithCubes (5460) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Nose is huuugely hoppy; leafy green floral notes with strong pine and medium citrus. Caramel and roast and light coffee. Dark brown/Coke pour with a large and rocky light brown head. Taste is very bitter and faintly astringent, somewhat brutal roast with no soothing chocolate or darkly malty tones to ameliorate. Thinnish body with minimal warming, there’s palate scraping with low mineral tones and aggressive, not-so cheery hops. Sharp and slashing rather that layered and juicy, enjoyed but not too fond; appreciate the cold efficiency of the ice queen, but wouldn’t want a second date. Note to folks in the marketing department: the possessive "its" has no apostrophe.