drjay44 (2442) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, long duration, beige head, with some lacing, over a clear, brown (SRM 25) body....nose is dusty cocoa, coffee, chocolate, hints of pine, citrus....taste is cocoa, chocolate, then lighter coffee, citrus, pine bitterness....mouth feel medium, slightly sticky, carbonation low adding a prickly spritz. This meets the style quite nicely, is quite nourishing, with adequate complexity in both aroma and flavor. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pour is nearly black with garnet edges and a moderately full, beige, dense, pillowy head which settles to a thin layer and leaves sticky lace. The nose is roasty, dark toasted breads, some burnt chocolate, some ruby red grapefruit notes, and light pine in there too. The flavor is more IPA with pine resins, pink grapefruit, some mineral, light herbal, some chocolate, and cedar notes. The palate is moderate, soft to lively, and creamy. The finish is drying a bit, still chocolatey and slightly roasty, grapefruit, and pine resins. The bitterness is nice and the roast notes do not get overwhelmingly dry. The bitterness is a bit low and the palate is a bit thin. Nice beer but just adequate.
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ home. Dark brown appearance with a big brown head. Charred, roasty dark chocolate malty, light citrusy, piney hoppy aroma. Burnt chocolate malty, slightly acidic coffee, lightly fruity, charred piney flavor. Fairly typical black ipa and not all that interesting.
BMan1113VR (7770) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours with a black body and a tan head that lasts. Aromas are fruity, mild esters, citrus, light tropical fruit hop character, dry roast, coffee, mild bready malt. Flavors show a big dry coffee presence, balancing citrusy hops, grapefruit and pine. Nicely dry and seems mostly devoid of caramel malt (a good thing). Tangerine zest. Medium bubbles, dry with a lasting bitterness. Medium bodied.
uhclem (354) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Verbiage on the bottle says that this is meant to be consumed on a cold winter’s evening, but I have to tell you it went down very, very well on a warm spring afternoon.
Ratman197 (8840) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aroma of roastiness, cocoa, coffee,earthiness, grapefruit and light pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roastiness, coffee, charcoal, grapefruit, earthiness and light pine with a smooth dry lingering roasty citrus finish.
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours black with a large mocha head. floral hoppy aroma. Has a balanced flavor with a light malt head. has a bitter hop licorice finish.
decaturstevo (4614) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour with tan head and lace. Resin and toasted malt. Toasted malt with light resin and a very dry finish. Medium bodied but a tad fizzy.
jcwattsrugger (10903) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle-pours a light brown head and black color. Aroma is resin, some dark malt. Taste is resin hops with some bite, dark malt-roasty/ashy. Drying that finishes unpleasantly.
AmEricanbrew (5514) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black color with lingering tan foam. Dark chocolate, pine sap, floral, black malt aromas. Rich, smooth mouthfeel. Semi sweet chocolate, pine sap, citrus flavors with a drying black malt finish--good