gramity (1582) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy deep brown with a medium off white creamy head. Aroma of sweet candy orange, pine, toasted malt, caramel and floral notes. Flavor of toasted malt, very earthy, grapefruit, pine, nuts and loads of hop bitterness.
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy and phantomhennes. Dark brown, amber highlights. Brown bread, caramel, earthy/piney hops, moderate bitterness. Not much roast here, yet very malt driven. I enjoyed it, but I love malty American strong ales; I could see why some hopheads may be disappointed.
EdInSaltLake (727) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Herbal, citrus fruity hops and sweet, caramel, chocolate malt aroma and flavor. Some raisin-like flavor, and a little harsh alcohol. Firm bitterness. Finishes sweet.
Braudog (6066) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2015
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. This is all foam, a foam that never quits. Perhaps I got a flawed bottle. There’s a chalky, roasted aroma. The flavor is vaguely coffee-tinged, but comes with a riding funk that doesn’t belong. A bit watery in the end, too. (#5962, 4/18/2015)
drjay44 (3088) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
651 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, well retained, tiny bubbled, light beige head, with slight lacing, over a cloudy particle laden, brown (SRM 30) body.....nose is pine, resin, citrus notes from the hops, cocoa, chocolate from the roasted malts, no esters, balanced.....taste is chocolate, cocoa, hints tobacco, pine, resin, grapefruit notes, slightly sweet throughout......mouth feel, medium body, sticky, alcohol warmth present, mild astringency, carbonation adds slight tingle, and slight creaminess. This is a reasonable representative of the style, nicely balanced, complex and quite drinkable. BJCP 8/3/15/4/7
simonblaine (469) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours murky coffee black with fair size head and a bit of sediment. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel. Taste of coffee, slightly hoppy, dark chocolate. Tasty.
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Brigadier (3325) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle
This bomber was opened fairly fresh after being discovered during a run to the local store. Piquing my curiousity due to its Utah origins, the release offered a respectable imperial IPA with heavily malted influences. For the price you couldn’t go wrong with at least one try.
Aroma / Appearance - A black fluid core flows freely down the sides as a creamy vanilla head grows to a finger’s thickness. Black tea, malt, coffee, and dark chocolate simmer above the surface. A bitter texture binds it all together.
Flavor / Palate - Black coffee, cola, and dark chocolate scrub the tongue clean. A moderate transition carries musty tree bark and earthy malts to a strong conclusion. The lingering finish refreshes by providing a solid balance of malts and hops. Licorice and chocolate coffee conclude a grounded beer well worth a look.
notalush (5512) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber - hmm, well this is interesting - not really a black IPA - pour is dark ruby - thick off-white head - a lot of toasted coconut and vanilla in the nose imparted by the oak, along with some candied cherry, dough, chocolate liqueur - creamy mouthfeel - very smooth and drinkable for the abv - hops are fairly present in the flavor, but do not add as much bitterness as one would expect in the style - they add some citric character to the overall liqueur quality of the beer, so at times this reminds me of those chocolate oranges you can often buy around the holidays (my deScription makes this sound bad, but it’s actually quite good) - lightly toasty oak character late - there is moderate bitterness late - it’s earthy and drying, balancing out the sweet liqueur character - it may not be a black IPA by most people’s standards, but what it is is a darn tasty and interesting beer.
BelgianBeerGal (3500) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Salt Lake City bottle. Murky, dark brown pour with a big foamy tan head and nice lacing. Nice aroma of fresh hops and a touch of molasses. Slight hop bite with a hint of chocolate and lingering bitterness. Light years better than I expected.
3fourths (8799) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Body is lightly hazed dark brown (not black) with a short off-white head. Malt in the nose is something like cara-red maraschino cherry and amaretto, hops are melon, orange blossom, tropical fruit, fruit cocktail, etc. - with faint hints of cinnamon spice phenols... the net effect is something like Grand Marnier. The mouth feel is rich and silky, malt is soft, hop oils juicy... quenching, satisfying acidity. Finish suggests anise, brined cherry, bitter melon peel. Bright flavors, all richly expressed, delivered on a soft, silky body. Very happy to see a different take on Black IPA, something other than inky roast and resinous hops. Instead this is something I enjoy in New Zealand: savory malt (many times English) crossed with juicy western hops minus the ubiquitous pine sap / grapefruit.