branlovesbeer (12) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2013
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Two thumps way down on this.
Way to astringent. It could possibly have been a bad batch. I donít know. But I donít plan to give them another chance. And if this is any indication of how the rest of their beers are, then I donít plan to try any of their other beers anytime soon.
$5.00 for a 22oz bomber.
It had a large khaki colored head, even with a light careful pour, a light 2 inch head formed. It stuck around and was almost the consistency of a meringue.
The beer is black as night.
Thereís not much in the way of a hop aroma, thereís just an astringent smell from the dark malts. It smells like a lot of tannin extraction happened during the brewing process.
The tannin extraction came through in the taste as a really strong astringency. Thereís a pronounced bitterness that lingers after each sip. This is more of an astringent dark malt bitterness, than a hop bitterness. Thereís a light hoppy taste Itís almost an accidental afterthought rather than intentional hop addition though. But either way, thereís no specific hop flavors or aromas to speak of, just a generic light hoppiness.
Is it Worth the Money?"
This is a 22oz bottle of beer and I paid $4.99 plus tax. Honestly, to put it into perspective, my local brew pub brews a beer nearly identical, in flavor and color to this. I was able to fill a half gallon grower for $9.00.
About 2 years ago, I brewed a beer that taste nearly identical to this. That only cost $10 in ingredients to brew a 5 gallon batch.
So I ask again. Is It Worth The Money? "NO"
Itís got some flavors but most of them are undesirable flavors. If you want to try it, then try it, but it probably wonít be a beer that you try twice.
When I bought this bottle, I thought it was going to be this massively hopped, dark IPA, which is one my favorite styles of beer. Unfortunately it turned out to be a rather difficult beer to drink. There was just way to much astringency. And the fact that itís supposed to be an IPA, really left me disappointed.
It has this flavor that usually comes during home brewing, when you steep your dark grains to hot... Actually a better descriptor would be... take your dark grains, throw them into a pot, add some water, then boil the heck our of them for abut 15 minutes. Strain the grain, add the liquid to the brew pot. Thereís no sugar extraction. Itís just boiled grains. Thatís the flavor that Iím getting from this beer.
To top the whole thing off, the lack of hop... well... anything was a big disappointment considering that it was supposed to be an IPA
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good looking, tho not quite black. itís a brownish-red color, mostly clear, with a monster head that just wonít go away and tremendous lacing.
Aroma is a bit muted, kinda citrusy and piney with just a touch of earth.
Flavor is good but not outstanding. Thereís a notable roasty character that doesnít dominate, but complements. Piney and citrusy hops are pretty forward and tasty. Thereís a tinge of vanilla too.
Body is pretty well carbonated and medium, pretty drinkable really.
Overall itís ok but not outstanding.
hfmejias (1266) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1 Pint Bottle. Let me start by saying GREAT BEER...!!! I really enjoyed this one. Poured dark brown with a HUGE tan head. Aroma of Roasted malts Maybe a bit of chocolate but definitely some hops. Taste is very IPA like (and thatís a good thing) sweet a the beginning and bitter towards the end. IMHO very well balanced, very easy to drink and definitely one that I would be looking forward to drink again.
Syzzer (633) - Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This Cascadian Dark Ale (or Black IPA) is good. Not the greatest example of CDA. Lighter body, decent balance of hops & malts but just a little too light for my taste. Light brown in color, good cream head. 8.05 BD 7Rod
PackPride (112) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a moderately dark color with a white head that quickly disappears once poured. There is a nice aroma of hops, alcohol and some minor floral notes. Tastes of medium bitterness, nice residual flavors reside on the palate. Overall not bad, but not my favorite black IPA.
ryanfolty (2382) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
January 19, 2013 - bottle shared by BVery. Dark brown pour with huge head that lasted. Strong citrus hops in aroma with some roasted malt. Taste was consistent but had some piney hops as well. Very nice for the style.
BVery (9508) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Surdykís. Very dark pour with a huge fluffy head with great retention. Citrus hops - and an aroma that reminds me of a lot of Jolly Pumpkin stuff. Crisp but balanced. Good beer.
fiulijn (18725) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from CoOp Bellingham, WA
The bottle is gushing a bit, quite a rare event for American beers and for this style; it has therefore a very large head, but rather compact, beige colored, while the beer is dark brown nearing black; nice lace too. The aroma is a nice combination of black coffee and resiny hops, with an impression of citrus fruits. The mouthfeel is dry and smooth; good flavor of roasted malts, without excessive burnt character, and well integrated with a quite strong bitterness, and loads of soft hop resins and hop oils; long final.
Very drinkable; excellent example for the style.
hiphops82 (3) - Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2013 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Good dark color with a large not overpowering hoppy aroma. Nice caramel head. Nice balance. One of my favorites.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2012
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bomber: brown pour with a thick tan head.
Aroma is woody, nutty, vinous and somewhat sour. This beer off?
Flavour is sourish fruit, nutty dusty chocolate.
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