DConn007 (22) - - FEB 24, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark maple syrup with the appearance of a stout. A strong hoppy aroma bites the nose. Upon initial taste, there is a chocolate malt flavor that excites, but quickly fades into the classic bitterness of an IPA on the close.
marcus (5636) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Taylorís Market. Pours jet black with a thick tan head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. There is a chocolate and anise flavor with a noticeable piny hop finish. It all goes together quite well.
gorditoabd (607) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a solid black with thin, lacey white head. Aroma is rich of licorice, bark, earth and booze. Taste is darkly bitter, almost like a impy stout, until a sweetish anise taste kicks in late in the palate. This brew has a lot going for it. Solid mouthfeel, slick and oily, but not too sticky. Good body and palate... lots of woody smoky character coming through minutes after the swallow. Nice.. nice stuff.
bhensonb (9861) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Taylorís Market in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark brown/black with a big frothy tan head. Nice hop aroma. Seems like resin/pine. Tastes more like grapefruit though, and thereís a lot of dark roast malt - much more than in many "black" IPAs. The finish is like a bitter pine hopped stout. Grapefruit - pine - so many taste buds, so little talent. Think itís resin now. Very good ale.
Rockcrawler (197) - Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 Oz. Pours a very very dark amber just about completetly black with big creamy head. Mild aroma of pine, and roasted grain. Taste on the other hand is quite delicious. A decently strong bitterness backed by a mild sweetness but mostly darker malt characters. Has a chocolate appeal to it. A climaxing bittersweet finish gets this beer serious points. Palate is suprisingly crisp with a slight oiliness to it.
StefanSD (1929) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Bottle from the San Clemente location. Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a medium off white head that has good retention and ample lacing. The aroma is somewhat mild with roasted grains, mocha and spicy hops. The flavor is more roasty than hoppy with roasted barley malts, biter chocolate, walnuts and mild nutty hops. The palate is just a bit thin with lively carbonation. Finishes long with lingering bitter walnuts. Overall: Very sessionable ale, very nice.
JohnnyJ (3904) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2011 22 oz bottle. Dark brown pour, thick tan head. Piney hops, citrus, milk chocolate, light fruit and roasted malt. A nice black IPA, but overall not too complex, still I enjoy it a lot.
Lakers1 (1) - California, USA - DEC 18, 2010 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This Black IPA has a nice Piney Aroma. For someone that loves darker roastier beers as well as hoppy beers, this heads right down my alley. The darker malts mellow out the bitterness.
AlanSShole (1) - Alabama, USA - NOV 29, 2010 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Upon opening the bottle I was struck by a smooth scent of hops. Strong but not overpowering. The first taste was a very pleasant experience. Iím fairly new to describing craft beers but this is among the smoothest beers Iíve enjoyed. I mainly consume micro brew products and I can say I will be seeking this beer for purchase. I received it as a gift. A very welcome gift!