Leighton (8584) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Sanderís in NYC. Pours deep brown with a creamy beige head. Rich dark malt nose, lots of burnt marshmallows. Medium sweet flavor, more burnt marshmallows, strong roast, torched wood, chocolate. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Well roasted malt finish, some milky coffee, roasted marshmallows, milk chocolate. Pretty damn tasty.
Ratman197 (8465) - 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.
BeerandBlues2 (8442) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours clear black with a medium, frothy brown head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is coffee, roast, and chocolate, earthy and woody hops with dark fruity esters. Flavor is roast, chocolate and coffee malt, medium hops and bitterness, dark fruity esters with a dry finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.
hopscotch (8362) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (dregs)Ö RBWG Ď10Ö Dark brown ale with a mid-sized, creamy, off-white head. Excellent retention. The bouquet is reserved - I get chocolate, but not a boatload of hops. Medium-bodied and raspy with mostly expired carbonation. Chocolaty flavor with medium to heavy charred bitterness. Finishes very bitter and way dry. Bottle courtesy of kp!
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz, blue waxed bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized tan head. Aromas of roast, some earth, coffee, coffee grounds, and chocolate. Tastes of roast, coffee, chocolate, pine, some citrus, and caramel. Overall the alcohol content well hidden
JoeMcPhee (8053) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep brown-black pour. The aroma is earthy and a litte bit spicy with a lot of chocolate through the middle. Softly hoppy and a bit of peppery character. Okay - but not terribly punchy.
daknole (8004) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from storminorman. Nearly black, nice brown head. This is a pretty good black IPA, but doesnít stand out much to speak of. Roasty, hoppy, chocolate. Finishes bitter, a tiny hint of plastic on the finish.
DocLock (7182) - 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 Iíve 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.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a mostly opaque dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Aroma of lightly sweet dark malts with a mild resiny piny hop note. Starts with average fullness and a semi-sweet toasty dark caramel and roasted malty flavor with a pretty good balance of fresh piny bittering and flavor hops before a bittersweet dark chocolate finish. A pretty enjoyable dark IPA, but could use a little more fullness. Hides its alcohol well, though.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle from Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA. Pours a dark orange brown color with small floating particles. Thin head with fair head retention and decent lacing. Aroma of floral and citrus hops, chocolate, caramel and faint roastiness. Taste is bitter resinous hops with nutty roasty notes and a bit of caramel. Smooth, medium bodied and pretty good.