olio (5131) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUL 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Hawthorne Hophouse, Portland.
Pours dark ruby red color with small head. Aroma of
hops, fruits, some smooth malts and chocolate.
Flavour of hops, fruits malts. Quite bitter
Strykzone (4405) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at an esbls tasting. Dark brown with a ring. A nicely hopped nose. The first sip is almost as well hopped as the aroma indicates. Fruity bitterness that is citrus. Minimal black notes but there is light anise. Not bad and it is more drinkable than expected.
Fatehunter (1066) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2012
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured into a pint glass. Black, O’Dark:30 black. A very dirty white inch of head. Looks great.
Malty and lots of pine.
Astringent, bitter and slight malt sweetness at the end. Unbalanced and off-tasting.
Crisp, low carbonation and light body.
The taste was a put off, but everything else was great. Unfortunately a good appearance and smell cannot overcome this like the other way around can.
bhensonb (10216) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Made in Oregon. Pours black with a 2 finger creamy beige head. Aroma of dark roast malt and chocolate and hops (type uncertain). About full bodied. Flavor is chocolate, smooth burnt malt, and arguably citrus/resin hop. The hop burns a bit - so it’s strong - but the malt tends to confuse the hop flavors. Finishes smooth, darkly chocolate, and hoppily bitter. Slight burn in the mouth!
Crit (3228) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Coke color,lasting tan head.Lightly sweet roasty nose.Roasted dry malt profile,bitter finish from both roast and hops…Nice !!
cstuartj (908) - Washington, USA - APR 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice black color, cream colored head. Hopy nose with some roast. Good bitter acttack and clean finish.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Cornucopia in Eugene dark brown pour with a tan head. Pretty decent black IPA. Toasted malt character mixed with some nice hop assertiveness. I liked it.
after4ever (5861) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22. Pours a grainy black with a dense and creamy but short lived dark tan head. Big roasty nose with sweet pine. Creamy medium body...comes on like its going to be heavier but doesnt overpower. Roasty, ashy, somewhat sweet mid palate with a resiny finish that gets stronger and stronger and stronger. Nice one.
Zeswaft (1336) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The flavors really shine on this when it warms up. Aroma is roasted chocolate malts, pine and grapefruit. Perfectly balance between stout and hops. I really dig this. Had it on tap and now i’m drinking a bomber. Big fan.
TheRealMGD (549) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Whole Foods. Clear, root-beer colored pour with a short tan head having good retention and leaving heavy lace. Nose is slightly chocolatey mixed with citrus and grass hops. Medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation. Chocolate, pine, coffee, grapefruit, grass and walnuts. Finish is medium and dry, with more bitterness and coffee. Not my favorite Black IPA: too heavy and too coffee, but still it’s well done and well worth a try for those favoring the chocolate/coffee school. For my money, the More Brown Than Black collaboration and the Armored Fist from Boneyard are much better.