EithCubes (5156) - 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 (732) - - 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 (4965) - 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 (977) - 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 (600) - 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 (2881) - 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 (2416) - 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.
czar (5018) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!
LearninBeer (409) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
geologyguy (871) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 2, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
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