blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 17, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour: thick black with a large tan head, plenty of lacing. Aroma: bittersweet chocolate, woodsmoke and charcoal, hints of herbs and pine -- nice. Taste: strong bitterness tempered by dark, roasted, earthy flavors. Palate: thick and resinous, dry finish, lingering hops essence. This is a delicious beer, easy to drink and ever so satisfying.
brokensail (11839) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is a dark mahogany sort of color with a huge tan head that has excellent retention.
S: A really nice nose to this beer consisting primarily of grapefruit with a nice lemon zest thing going on as well. There’s quite a bit of floral hop aroma to it and overall it’s quite perfumey. Some roast is there, but not as much as usual for a Black IPA.
T: Not as impressive flavor-wise, but still good. It’s very bitter with a lot of pine and bitter grapefruit peel. There’s a slight astringency as well as some grass hop notes.
M: The body and carbonation are both medium.
D: I’ve never been terribly impressed by this brewery, but this was really quite good. I would even drink this again.
hopscotch (9733) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Pours black with a small, creamy, taupe head. Good retention. The nose provides perfumy, grassy hops and deeply roasted malts. Full-bodied and lightly creamy with moderate carbonation. Burnt, bittersweet flavor and finish - more bitter than sweet.
50belair (2524) - Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle provided by hopscotch. Dark brown pour with brown head. Roasted malt and hop aromas. The taste is slightly bitter with big hop characteristics and undercurrents of chocolate malt, citrus, and nut flavors...
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - MAR 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Albertsons in Mira Mesa: Deep dark brown with a huge cocoa froth colored head. Aroma is roasty with dark chocolate. Flavor starts dark roast, kinda stout like, followed by nutty and bitter dark chocolate flavors and a long light citrus bitter finish. Ligh to medium body is creamy with moderate carbonation.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 3, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
huge hop aroma, citrus pine that rich dark malting comes in seconds later,hop aroma lingers nicely, flavor is the mixture of bitter roasted malts and hops , you can truely tell the clash of the fight over your tongue, sometimes its the hops ,sometimes the bitter chocolate,Confuses your palate at first ,but soon settles to enjoyable harmony,love this style,especially when well done
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 (6860) - 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 Taylor’s 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 (624) - 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 (11675) - 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 Taylor’s 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 there’s 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 it’s resin now. Very good ale.