superspak (3327) - Michigan, USA - OCT 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, 2014 bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine floral, grass, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, light char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a nice crisp bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent black IPA. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
mintzmeet (325) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Midnight black. Caramel malt aroma. thickness. Black malts pop. Dry hopped. A bit roastedness to this. Nuttiness
Beaver (1443) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle, dated 2014. Pours dark brown with a medium creamy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet cola with leathery roast and a little pine and fruit.
The flavor is sweet roasted chocolate malts with some fruity piney hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, an OK sweet fruity black IPA.
EithCubes (5215) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Nose is creamy black malt and light mocha, little bit scorchy but generally I’d count this among the gentler BIPAs; definitely Centennial-heavy, though. Pours very dark brown that we’ll call black in the glass, creamy tan head. Taste very dry with a high resin content, strong bitterness with nothing to balance it out, but clean and with little rubberiness. Pleasant notes of burned wood but no ash, acridity or strong acidity to match. Light roast and dark chocolate otherwise, and no obvious supporting caramel or crystal, but the overall effect is quite ecliptic in its darkness. Otherwise smooth and clean full body, big without any flab, not much carbonation but also far from flat. Hops are somewhat secondary but have good pine/wood levels with less floral and citrus character than expected, but still a good earthy match to the malt side. I generally find this heavy and a bit cumbersome to enjoy at any significant volume, but it works well as a lasting sipper and has me wishing I’d kept some aged cheddar around to rest it on.
[edit -- said that bit about cheddar without looking, honest; they’ve really thought it out well, though, it would be a perfect match!]
zoucrew102 (839) - - SEP 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
onceblind (5312) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
UncleKorm (1050) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
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ljthiessen (699) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour, creamy beige head. Nicely bitter and roasty, notes of chocolate and coffee, but a little light bodied.
tectactoe (3099) - Michigan, USA - AUG 27, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
northropfrye (2600) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.