coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours dark brown with a medium-sized tan head that left some nice lacing. Aroma is lots of roasted malt and chocolate with few hops in evidence. They come out more in the flavor -- grassy, a little resinous -- but this is still a very mild IPA. Really more of a less complex imperial stout, perhaps? Medium mouthfeel. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, but the finish is a bit astringent. Tasty and drinkable despite the ABV.
Malty_MacHops (674) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The aroma is mostly coffee with some floral notes. The beer pours a opaque black with a thick tan head. The taste is of strong bitter coffee with some light floral hops. Clean and good. A delicious take on a beer that is mostly stout with a strong hop bitterness.
DocLock (9504) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. First off, I love these waxed bombers, and the periwinkle blue wax on this, coupled with the great blue/black label design, makes this one of the better looking bombers I’ve ever seen. The pour is jet black, thich, with 1-finger of well retained and creamy tan head. Definite 5 for look here. Nose is heavy roasty chocolate and patent malts, creamy lactose, substantial resiny hops. Tastes very malty, very rich and blackstrap molasses-like, almost to the cloying point. The resiny hops are there, making this an Alpha Klaus clone of sorts. Well hidden alcohol, and the palate thins out a bit late. Still, this one was pretty good.
ross (2134) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Toted as an IPA - this is much closer to a weak imperial stout. Smells like chocolate and hops, touch of grapefruit and grass. Taste is rich and smooth, very fresh hoppy tasting. Really easy to drink, pretty complex. Decent beer actually; I was debating buying it @ $9 a bomber, but its worth it to help "local" guys. I would buy it again if it was in six packs.
theisti (3773) - Kansas, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz capped and waxed bottle courtesy of Suttree. Pour is a hazed dark brown chestnut with a well formed one inch khaki head. Aroma is pine hops, sweet citrus hops and a roasted maltiness. There is also a cocoa milk chocolate present. Unique nose, particularly with the sweet citrus. Taste is pine and cocoa nibs right away, followed by some orange fruit and orange peel, finishing dry with more pine - finish has gin qualities. After taste has a bit of a dry dark chocolate to it. The flavors are clean, though not really all that integrated. I am not sure the flavors combinations are working for my tastes. Palate is medium bodied, nice crisp carbonation and dry finish. The alcohol is only evident in the dry after taste. Interesting take on the style, thanks Phil.
chibuck (3507) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle... light black with a tan head, about two fingers of full retention, great lacing... super roasted nose, lots of chocolate, no hops, but smells great... the taste brings about more balance as the hops come in to play to give a roasted and hop bitter, more chocolate as well... this is a really nice black ipa
badwhale (410) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to pint glass. Pours an opaque black with little chunks in bottom. Has a very sweet taste to it, but some hop afterbite. Really smells like wine.
cfrancis (3034) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to a great BIF. This really didn’t fit my expectations, but it still blew my mind. Pours a pitch black with a dark brown head that quickly disappears. Aroma is intense roasted and chocolate malts with floral hops. Taste is deep and rich roasted malts and dark chocolates. A floral bitter finish is quite nice. Great beer.
burg326 (5253) - Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle shared by markwise, that poured a light black/brown color. Aromas of some smoke, chocolate malt, grass, and hops. Flavors follow the aroma with some sweet malt.
markwise (5096) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 3, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to Summer Secret Santa 2011 for this one. Pours a dark brown with off-white head. Nose is malt, grass, some hops, and a medicinal maple quality. Flavor is more like a scotch ale than a black IPA. I get sweet malt, some grassy almost piney hops, followed by more sweet malt. I held this bottle for almost 3 months, I don’t know if that is too long and the hops faded or what, but this one tasted more like a scotch ale.