Strykzone (5283) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Almost as dark as a porter with plenty of red highlights. A small tan head. This is an IIPA? I tasted lots of dark fruit with roasted notes. An undertone was some spicy hops but they never asserted themselves. The alcohol remained hidden throughout. I liked it, whatever it was.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
20100515 Sampled at PilsnerPeter’s 2nd Annual Spring Gathering. Bomber from Honeygo. Surprisingly and probably unnecessarily big beer if they’re going to call it an IPA, but whatever it was plenty decent, nice and roasty, pretty sweet throughout but finishing hot and alcohol dry. Some lingering resinous bitterness.
Capa (2153) - Transient., - MAY 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Malty with a slight citrus bitterness to it. Enough hops to grab my attention but it strikes me as more of a barley wine than a DIPA. Still, it was a good beer from start to finish. Wouldn’t mind going another round with it.
drfabulous (4416) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 25, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Once again, this Black IPA style does little for me. It doesn’t taste like an IPA. Malty and dark. More of a malt bomb. I pass.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice amber brown color with almost no head. Aroma is roast, chocolate, caramel, floral, and some spice. Flavor is caramel, some roast, chocolate, and a bitter spicy finish.
kramer (5256) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, RBWG 2010. Pours a clear dark brown body with a minimal large bubbled brown head. Chocolaty and roasty nose with bright citrusy hops. The flavor balances the citrusy hops with the slight coffee, roast, and burnt caramel notes really well. Medium bodied with a nice sticky hop finish. Pretty nice, I dig these black IPAs. A nice breakfast beer to open up my RBWG.
jtclockwork (9992) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Pilsner Pete’s RBSG. Pours mostly clear dark brown. Nose and taste of roasted malts, citrus, bitter hops and coffee grounds.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Near solid black, foamy light tan head. Aroma is floral, citrus, roasty. Taste is bitter up front with lots of malt and some bitter coffee flavor. Texture is creamy, finishes bitter. Medium body.
Ratman197 (10546) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear dark brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of roasted malt, bakers cocoa, carmel, coffee, grapefruit, pine and earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, bakers cocoa, carmel, pine, grapefruit and earthiness with a smooth dry lingering bitter finish.
NachlamSie (2883) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber from Oasis. Pours a super dark brown with no head. Carbonation is visibly low. It looks nearly flat. The aroma is not hoppy in the slightest. Malt is in full effect in a roasty, chocolatey fashion. Sweet fruity hints peek out a little, but try as I may, there is no hop aroma to speak of. The palate is very flat, but the malt forward, roasty palate doesn’t suffer too badly from it. Dry notes of espresso, earth, licorice, fig and some wooden complexity make up the flavor. There are tamer sweet notes that keep this from being overly dry. I’ll tell you what: I don’t know what to make of this brew. I initially was expecting a black IPA, but then I remembered it was R.J. Rockers so they wouldn’t do anything too hoppy. Now I’m solidly convinced this is a porter, maybe a stout. There is so much roasty, chocolatey flavor here and no standout hop qualities to speak of. We’ve got a porter, my friends. This is in no way, shape or form a double IPA. A hoppier than average porter. . .perhaps. I will attempt to score this purely on how much I enjoyed it without regard to what the label claims it is.