BeerInHeaven (210) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2014 bomber. Thanks Shawn! Pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma is floral pine but with some toasty notes. Taste is fleeting hops at first, then hints of burnt toast and black coffee. Long bitter linger. Slight hop presence. Good beer!
AndyW68 (1188) - 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 (428) - 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 (85) - - 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 (2829) - 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 (1485) - 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 (1609) - 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.
doubelknv3 (1022) - Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, creamy-tan head, and nice lacing. Floral, licorice, and oak aroma notes. Full bodied, woody, mild roast, and mild lemon notes. Decent balance, medium bitterness, and dry finish.
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superspak (3070) - 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 (297) - 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 (1391) - 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.