Brigadier (2990) - 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 couldnít 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 fingerís 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 (4872) - 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 itís actually quite good) - lightly toasty oak character late - there is moderate bitterness late - itís earthy and drying, balancing out the sweet liqueur character - it may not be a black IPA by most peopleís standards, but what it is is a darn tasty and interesting beer.
BelgianBeerGal (3198) - 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 (8055) - 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.
Ernest (6232) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is initially large, frothy/creamy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is medium brown.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate cake/cookie, coffee), lightly to moderately hoppy (grapefruit, flowers, apricot, resin).
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
As with the Hopped Rye, this is quite clean with nice aromatics (happily, the resinous hop aroma is very minor, itís predominantly fruity). While not the vibrant home run that one was, this is still enjoyable especially considering itís a style that has VERY few truly good examples (Iíve only had two others besides this one that ranked as high as 3.6, almost every other one Iíve had ranked in the 2s), and letís face it...isnít the best idea for a style anyway, since the roasty/chocolatey "black" characters tend to clash with the hops. I always hope someone will manage to make the two aspects *really* harmonize, but I havenít found one that can do it yet. Well-balanced and creamy in the mouth, neither too sweet (since the sugars all but disappear in the finish) nor too bitter (could even use a tad more bitterness, actually)...and like Hopped Rye, itís a clean, non-astringent/non-acidic dryness. Surprisingly easy to chug-a-lug, thanks to both the aforementioned balance and an almost non-existent alcohol burn (honestly drinks like 6%). Very promising brewery here...2 for 2 so far and fingers crossed for others that will hopefully come in time.
DenverLogan (796) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked up at brewery...22oz bottle poured into a Rader chalice. Pours dark amber with significant head and lace. Aroma of bread and malts. Medium carbonation and big mouthfeel. Flavors of dark roasted malts, sweet malts, alcohol, a bit of medicine. Letting the beer open up with a few minutes takes away some of the bitterness, and while rich as somewhat tasty, this brew has a lot of penetrating mouth astringency but lacks the burnt roasted malts or dark or bitter chocolate malts or near black color of most black IPAs.
deekyn (1201) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A- pours a dark and cloudy walnut amber. One finger of solid frothy light tan head with decent retention and lacing. S- sweet candied hops, dirty malts, pine, earth, coffee grounds, and some grass. Slightly nutty and woody as well. Relatively simple. M- light to medium chewy body with a light to medium malty and bitter palate. Decent carbonation. T- hops at first, with some grapefruit, bitter orange pith, and dirt. Mid palate is dry and earthy with some grass and zinc and nice touch of baker's chocolate. Ending is bitter under the tongue and in the back of the throat. Mostly a mix of aforementioned hops and chocolate with some wood. Grapefruit at the very end.
cathcacr (634) - Oregon, USA - MAR 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reminds me of Hair of the Dog Adam. Large puffy head with amazing retention, surprisingly unbitter/sweet for an imperial IPA (?) - itís actually a rather weird taste for any style, seemingly candied or fruity but not sweet enough for that - but the key thing is the ridiculously "filling" feel that reminded me of HotDA (and Fred).
closey22 (904) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark cloudy brown with thin lasting brown head; rich hoppy aroma with some notes of sweet malt; Flava is rich hoppy and slightly spicy with notes of bourbon/scotch barrel; feels thick and chewy; finishes dry hoppy bitter
GTAEgeek (1237) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.5 L bottle. Dark hazy, muddy brown, with a big, beige head, and thick lacing. The aroma is light chocolate, toffee, resin, and pine. The flavor is malty and sweet, with a good, mellow bitterness. Medium body, sticky, creamy, and a little astringent. Overall, this is a beautiful, nicely balanced beer.