swanmann (686) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - APR 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
An unmistakably lush, DARK chocolate brown brew with light brown, orange hued foam poured from the bottle. I smell chocolate, but my allergies are making it very difficult. It tastes like espresso, creamy, sweet and bitter. But the hops up front open the flavor wonderfully. The finish lingers deeply bittersweet. Yumm!
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2010 I certainly didn’t expect this one to taste like a stout, but it does. Aroma is roasted with a faint hint of lager yeast. Flavor is very similar...decent roasted character with only a little lager finish. Not much in the way of hop flavor but there is some lingering hop bitterness. Although a lot of what Rogue brews is over-priced, I like this one and the fact that they are using their own hops/barley.
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. from Grocery Outlet. Pours "black" as if it weren’t a color but simply the absence of light. Tan foam covers the surface and sticks to the sides of my handled mason jar. This looks like no lager I’ve ever seen.
Once I brewed a stout with blackstrap molasses. It turned out OK but had a weird metallic aroma that reminded me of my days as a convenience store cashier. At the end of the day my hands always smelled like dirty coins. This smells the same way.
The roasted malts give the impression that this has "body" for days but that is simply not the case. The Risk malts make it full enough (though not too much) but the real surprise is the smoky flavor. This is more than just "roasted malts". This is "burned by a flamethrower malts" and it is not unwelcome.
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 11, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. This is one of the best Rogues I’ve had. Pours black with a tan head that fades rapidly. Aromas of coffee, smoke, chocolate and yeast. Palate is pleasantly carbonated. Taste is mild and bready at first and then moves into smoke, nuts and chocolate with a bit of a citrus linger.
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Royal black, opaque in fact, with dark brown head. Nose is a whollop of lovely roasted malts. On the palate this beer comes across more like a true dark & bittersweet chocolate than any other in recent memory. Loads of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Finish isn’t too sweet, yet plenty of roasty bitter dark chocolate to take away with you.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber was $6.49 at Pappy’s Beer Store in Rose Hill, Virginia. Pours jet black and viscous, like a stout. Large tightknit cocoa head is creamy and lasts the journey. Lots of sticky lacing. Aroma is full of dark roasty notes of dark chocolate, roasted almonds, and freshly brewed coffee. Creamy and coating, almost full bodied. The dark roasty notes also dominate the flavor profile. Coffee and bittersweet chocolate are present throughout. Spicy and earthy hop notes emerge in the middle. A nice smoked almond note adds some interest. Quite odd for a schwarzbier. Seems almost like a stout. Enjoyable.
mbgrayson (650) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - APR 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours almost black, with a dark tan head. Aroma is malty and dark, with hints of chocolate. Taste is rich and malty, with hops, chocolate, and coffee. Nice hoppy background. Smooth, well blended, and quite drinkable. Thumbs way up!
joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2010
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
This is the worst beer I’ve ever tasted from Rogue. I get the concept, but don’t think it comes together well at all. I do like the color, but the result of that darkness is a bitter grainy beer. Aroma is extremely earthy, and any hops are blunted by the thick earthy maltiness. Flavor has a metallic character followed by bitter coffee. Won’t be trying this one ever again.
odinstyr (645) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a small brown head. Smells of caramel, bread, floral. Taste is mildly bitter and sweet, predominantly the roasted malts - chocolate/coffee
jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The best black lager I have ever tried. Pouring this, I really thought it was a stout. Had the head and body of any stout I’ve tried. Pours thick dark black with a nice tan head. Smells of hardwood smoke, dark chocolate, and roasted malts. Tastes of smoke, wood, coffee, mocha, and some chocolate ice cream in the background. Awesome brew.