Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber pours dark brown to dark mahogany with semi loose two minute mocha head. The aroma offers up some dark roasted malts, moderately roasted coffee beans, some pine hops and some earthiness that lack a bit of depth and richness that seems typical of the style. The taste is similar with dark roasted malts and modest coffee notes mixing with a blend of spicy hops, floral hops and a slight pine like resiny hoppiness. Pretty moderately bold black IPA that isnít as rich and chewy as others but will work well when something a little cleaner and slightly lighter is needed.
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a thick black with thin off white head. Aroma is hoppy. Was the best IBA in the dairy state.... until New Glarus Black Top entered the ring.
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from Friar Tuck-Springfield. Pours hazy dark brown with some sediment and light tan head. Aromas of a shit load of sweet malt, caramel, some pine, and light citrus. Flavors of some roast, coffee, cocoa, and some hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Really donít care for the aroma, but I do like the flavor. Kind of a weird flavor for a black IPA with the coffee notes but it works for my palate. Poor example of the style in my opinion, but has some decent qualities.
shrubber85 (7295) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Strong pine and mild caramel malt aroma. Dark black-brown color with large tan head. Slightly sweet caramel malt and rather subdued pine hops bitter flavor. Like this one - hops donít come out as much in the flavor as the aroma.
cmonster (963) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber served in a tulip. Pours dark brown with amber hues and a really nice frothy head. Good lacing. Piney aroma with some sweetness and some roast. The palate is similar except the hops are more subdued. Medium body, decent carbonation, thinnish texture, and a balanced dry finish of roast and earthy hops. Almost like a hoppy porter.
jcwattsrugger (11071) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle-pours mahogany with a tight tan head and heavy lacing. Aroma is roasty, then lots of resin/pine. Taste is roasty/cocoa-medium malt, 2nd pine hops. Soft carbonation.
cblado (232) - Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Got a pint of this at Palominoís with my Lakefront Brewery tour gift certificate. Thick black color, some light tan head. Looked like a porter, tasted like an IPA, just like a black IPA should. It was definitely heavier than I was expecting, and after drinking several other beers on the brewery tour it was a bit of a struggle. But in and of itself, a great brew that Iíd like to try in a different context.
peteinSD (1336) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 9, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black pour with a chunky tan head and spotty lacing down the sides of the glass. Aroma is minor hop bitterness, light pine, and light, slightly astringent roast. Taste is weak hop bitterness, no pine, and a soft malt backbone with slight roast. Watery mouthfeel. I did not like this beer.
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Dark brown pour with an averaged sized tan head. Chocolate, lighter roast, pine, some earth, and some citrus. Sweeter with a lighter bitter finish.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Name: India-Style Black Ale
Date: March 23, 2011
Source: Hop City, Atlanta
Appearance: black, creamy beige head, sticky lace
Aroma: big citrus aroma on top of heavy roasted malt
Flavor: rich roasted flavor balanced by sweet fruity citrus, touch of orange and sweet tangerine
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Score: *** /4