msante79 (2212) - 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 don’t 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 (8323) - 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 don’t come out as much in the flavor as the aroma.
cmonster (997) - 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 (11317) - 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 (263) - 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 Palomino’s 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 I’d like to try in a different context.
peteinSD (1416) - 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 (9461) - 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 (10884) - 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
drowland (6576) - Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12/23/11. 22oz bottle thanks to PorterPounder’s first ever "official" trade. I popped him easy and gentle. Dark brown pour with a loose, soapy tan head that fades to a film fast but laces a lot in thick, creamy sheets. Big hoppy aroma with citrus, pine, and a bit of dank dust underlying chocolate and the teensiest bit of roast. Surprisingly light flavor that shows leafy citrus hops, a bit of pine, more hops, and a bit of chocolate. The taste is nice, but a bit light and thin.
Aurelius (4530) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma, honestly, suggests cat whizz and pencil shavings in a coffee pot. There is dark roast and west coast hops in there too. Bad label. Opaque beer, with a large whitish head. The beer pours with a ’glopping’ that suggest a higher viscosity than the beer actually has. Choco-coffee and tangy on the frontend, unpleasant notes of cabbage, sawdust and weird fruit on the backend. Medium body. Roast finish, with a long coffee aftertaste. This wasn’t my fave. World Market, Tallahassee.