libertine (283) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours dark brown with thick tan head and lots of lacing.appearance reminds me off a good root beer actually.aroma is a combination of licorice and pine.taste wasnt quite what i was expecting.thought i was going to get a big hop punch but it just wasnt there.flavor is pine,anise and has a chalky characteristic in its finish.mouthfeel was a little flat and with the amount of head that i seen was expecting it to be more lively.appearance and aroma were nice but its lacking flavor.
commonmac (644) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Large bottle consumed at home in pint glass. Black with a little bit of a dark brown element. Tannish frothy head...about half a finger. Aroma reminds me of chocolate milk...almost a stout like quality. Taste follows suit leaning away from traditional black IPAs with a softer mouthfeel and a stronger roasted malt flavor. Bitterness comes through towards the end but it feels muted. It’s a little boring overall. There are much better black IPA options available.
rondphoto (2787) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Opaque Black/brown color, heavy beige rim head, curtains of lace. Aroma of dark malt. Taste is straight toasted malt that adds light carbonation on the swallow before turning to hops in the finish. Uncomplicated, but full-bodied, and a riot at 5.5%abv. I like it. Recommended.
Ericular (793) - Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
All three New Holland "Hatter" bombers were vegetal - old maybe? This is pretty "meh" to me. There’s just not much black in this black IPA. Just a little at the end.
jbrana (562) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a style that I am particularly fond of... This one is not bad though. Tastes a bit like black tee. Bitter, light citrus, and roasty notes.
AndyW68 (1209) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad. Near black pour with dense tan head. Aroma is roast malt, but kind of plain. Taste is roasted malt and hops. Ok.
johnnymusky (547) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
poured from bomber 2014 vintage...recommended by dusty...poured black with nice creamy head....nose is malt chocolate and my buddy Mr.hops....taste is same with some caramel and pine tossed in...i enjoyed this one....great for the price i paid...
CObiased (104) - - JAN 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber - pours nice cola color and medium head that dissipates but laces the glass. The aroma is slightly unbalanced with more citrus and pine than roasty char. Great layered hop presence but not as much burnt flavor as is needed. Delicious but not outstanding. Great for the price of $5
drjay44 (2939) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
651 ml. bottle. 2014 Vintage. Pours a medium, well retained, tiny bubbled, light beige head, with some lacing, over a clear, dark brown (SRM 30) body....nose is roasted malts with chocolate, light coffee notes, light pine, citrus peel, no esters, balanced.....taste is moderate chocolate, coffee, with hints of toffee/caramel sweetness, becoming dry, pine, resin, grapefruit, floral notes, finishing with a lingering moderate hop bitterness, balanced, no esters....mouth feel, light of medium body, no alcohol, light carbonation. This is a light take on the style. It is a session-able Black IPA. It is quite low in alcohol compared to many others in the top 50 on Ratebeer. Additionally, the aromas and flavors, while being reasonably true to style, are all light. It needs more in both the malt and hop backbones to compete with the best. BJCP 7/3/12/4/6
Narnad (1502) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark black with a large frothy tan head that sticks to the side of the glass. Aroma has a strong piny nose, mild citrus hops in the middle with a nice toasted and roasted malt finish. Some caramel and Munich-like aroma with a light coffee bitter end. Flavor is better as it warms. Starts off with a great toasted malt sweetness with some mild bitter coffee notes right before the hops take over. The bitterness of the malt compliments the piney, resinous from the hops well. A lighter citrus flavor comes in later to help smooth the flavor out. Balanced pretty nicely with a light dryness and low, fine carbonation. Overall not a bad brew. Hops was balanced with the malt quite nicely. For the price, a definite brew I will get again.
pootzboy (1632) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ the Bent Elbow - poured opaque black - some amber when held to direct light. Decent lasting off white cap. Aromas were PNW - pine, floral-grapefruit, over a nice roasty discernment. Solid chewy body, rich mellow roundness from cold conditioning. Up front you get good balance between sturdy roasty-matiness pushing against a persistent piney-floral hopping - then it goes dry, roasty and lightly bitter in a long silky finish. Very well put together, very drinkable, a good take on the Cascadia dark style.