Ibrew2or3 (7077) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber courtesy of riversideAK. It pours nice and dark with mocha head with blotches of lighter tan colors. The aroma is full of spicy hops, grapefruit rind, pine hops, spicy black licorice and some dark roasted malts in the background. Like the aroma the taste gives up heaping helpings of spicy hops, grapefruit hop bitterness and spicy black licorice. To midway it picks up milder notes of dark roasted malts and slivers of velvety dark chocolate. Nice big bold dark hoppy brew.
19Ei8hty (1171) - Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep black body. Moderate roasted chocolate malt character. Heavy hop presence with loads of sharp citrus and underlying pine. Slight earthen mustiness with a dry roasted malt finish. Very thin overall and a little oily. Hop presence was a bit harsh for what was a surprisingly thin and characterless malt backbone which very little substance to the flavors that are actually present. Unacceptable for a $10 bomber.
marcus (6769) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 11, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours jet black with a rich tan head and a chocolate and citrus aroma. There is an intense chocolate and coffee roasted malt flavor with an underlying hop profile that is surprisingly discernible but outbalanced by dark malt. This is a rather pleasant hybrid.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - MAR 5, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Another stout claiming to be hoppy that isn’t. This is a so-so stout to me. Some chocolate notes and decent malt taste but paste that, not much.
nickd717 (3569) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 4, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from K&L Redwood City. Pretty much black in color with a huge tan head and thick lacing. Big awesome hoppy aroma, rather piney with a good bit of roast. The hops are big on the flavor but the malts come through more, roasty with anise and bitter dark chocolate, as well as piney hops that lend considerable bitterness. Medium-bodied, dry, and resinous with medium body for the style. Really good, surprisingly so even though I love this brewery.
3fourths (8228) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 nose is coffee grounds, cocoa and dark chocolate malt with earthy and musty dank hops. rich body, highly bitter and acidic; resinous, chewy and sticky hop pungency coated in a thick, oily, chewy chocolate malt body. drying finish seems muted by the overstimulated hop brightness, but it’s still a beer to behold. confused chocolate sweetness and an apparently hop acid-amplified bone dry palate. and you have to love the dank, earthy, woody fuggles. dear lord. this is what black ipa needs to be.
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
On-tap at Malt and Vine. Black appearance with a wispy chocolate-colored head. This looks like a solid imperial stout. Aroma is roast, with a subtle sweet chocolate aroma. The aforementioned aromas blend decently with the pine hop aroma. This beer smells as though it’s going to be a bit caustic. It’s quite pungent, but to me, it’s pungent in the wrong way(s). Yep, extremely caustic roast and bitterness that just blast my taste buds, mercilessly. I’m not at all pleased with this. I had this in bottle form a few months back, and I don’t remember being this way. This is roughly bitter, with a roast flavor that doesn’t save this beer in any way. Damn, Midnight Sun, what happened here?
SourNotes (104) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2011
1.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
looks like a nice beer. nice dark color with a creamy head on top. smells of citrus piney hops with some roast. smells very hoppy. taste is overly bitter, completely bitter, no sweetness, no nothing but complete acrid bitterness. disgusting. this swirled the drain nicely on the way down, I guess that is where it was meant to go.
douglas88 (6308) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Brewforia. Pours a totally black opaqueness, a medium light brown head. A roasty and hoppy nose, some pine. A rich Black IPA this is, well it is also a Imp. Stout; bitter hops, metal, light pine, not much fruit, roast, later there is a lot of orange. Kind of decadent like a orange flavored chocolate bar. Hot, aggressive. Astringent and soapy. Interesting. Not sure if this is distinguishable from a Black IIPA but nevertheless it is nice.
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a lasting brown head. Armas of roasted malt, earthiness,bitter chocolate, pine and light grapefruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, earthines, pine and grapefruit with a smooth dry lingering bitter roasty finish.