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RATINGS: 204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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IPA brewed with black malts which add dark roasted flavors. Dry hopped. Centennial finish. Pairings: Aged cheddars, arugula in vinaigrette, portabella sir-fry.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zoucrew102 (535) - - SEP 20, 2014
Bomber. Roasted malt aroma with pine resin hop notes. Pours black with a good sized light brown head and not a lot of lacing. Good roasted malt flavors to start with subtle hints of chocolate. Finishes dry with a good resiny hop bite at the end. Nice black ipa.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
onceblind (4078) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Nice black pour with a thin rocky light beige cap. The nose is murky and roasty with a slight soy sauce tone in it, along with some floral and earthy pine bitterness. Full flavor although too roasty bitter, with earthy pine notes and very little sweetness save for what comes from the black malt. Standard BIPA of the variety that makes me wary of BIPAs.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
UncleKorm (815) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Bomber bottle poured a clear deep brown hue w/ large frothy tan head and thick sticky lacing. Moderate aroma of dark breads and spicy hops. Initial flavor is light sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish of long duration. Tastes are piney hop, dark bread, and caramelized sugar. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, and moderate carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ljthiessen (392) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown pour, creamy beige head. Nicely bitter and roasty, notes of chocolate and coffee, but a little light bodied.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (1886) - Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle: Black with rich mahogany, translucent edges & a foamy, deep-khaki head that retains well on top. Aroma of heavy roast, pine needles, bitter orange peel, faint coffee bean, & some ashy char. Seems decisively more on the porter side of the line than an IPA. Taste follows the same ethos. Notes of char, roast, coffee bean, dry cocoa powder, & faint smoke are in the foreground, with complementing hints of wet pine, citrus peel, & bitter leaves. A little bland when compared to similar beers. This is closer to a hopped up porter than a "black IPA". But then again, isn’t that what a black IPA is? Sharp, almost astringent mouth feel. Decent beer, not great.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
northropfrye (2215) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 13, 2014
Dark, slight red when held up to the light, some transparency, off white head, some lacing. Nice dry cocoa and hop aroma. Quite a nice smooth palate. Taste is not super bitter, but there’s a nice bitterness. Pretty typical black IPA I would say. Good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (4374) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2014
pours unclear dark brown, red tint, with a very nice light beige head, good retention and lacing. earthy and coffee notes delayed in a dry chocolate and lightly sweet nutty malt bill, gentle pine needles, resin and citrus, slightly ashy. moderately low carbonation, light body - oily yet quite assertive/bold yet balanced and never harsh bitter coffee-resinous-grassy-dusty-citrusy finish. nice use of malts/hops - not an explosive ipa but it is well crafted - more than your average black ipa. enjoyed!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LearninBeer (376) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2014
The aroma is caramel, coffee and a hint of citrus. Pours black with light brown mostly diminishing and excellent lacing. The taste is bitter. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation lively and the finish bitter. Overall pretty good, I’ve had it before and will again.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
geologyguy (691) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 2, 2014
smells like IPA but really light smell that is hard to catch...appearance is black, as expected...flavor is roasted coffee almost exclusively...finishes on the hops side. Nothing positive to say here

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (1300) - - JUL 27, 2014
Transfer from BA review 8-15-12 - Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass Appearance – Served a deep-deep brown nearly black color with a small tan head. The head faded relatively fast to leave a lighter level of lacing. Smell – The aroma is a combination of hop and dark malt. The hop aromas are mainly of a citrus nature but are mixed with a nice presence of pine as well, with the malt aroma of brown bread and chocolate. Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt flavor of coffee, nut and chocolate mixed with a lighter caramel flavor. While initially the roasted flavors are the alone and heaviest in the taste (although not really “heavy”) they are soon greeted by a surge of some hop flavors. While citrus is the biggest, there are notes of a pine and earthy hop as well. The roasted malt and caramel body at the beginning support the bitter hop flavors rather well.. In the end a roasty and slightly hoppy flavor are left to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the light to medium side with the carbonation level being slightly high. A little more body and a little less carbonation would have helped those roasted notes stand out more perhaps, but regardless the feel was not too bad. Overall – A rather nice roasty and chocolaty flavor with some nice hoppy accents. While not the greatest black IPA it is rather tasty.


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