Strykzone (5043) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Hayduke. We enjoyed a bottle together via facebook chat. This had a huge tan head that took some time to fade. I poured 4 times into my 12 oz. tulip and each required patience. The beer is pretty much black. Thick lacing remains. The nose is citrus hops that say West Coast hops. First sip is chocolate and roasted malts with those hops right behind. The hops lit up my mouth with delightful brightness. Hope were citrus dominated but their bitterness was moderate at most. On occasion some biscuit was tasted and there was a hint of cardboard. A fun thing with this beer was the changes that popped up out of nowhere. This has to be my favorite from this style. A very tasty beer and a fun one to drink.
hayduke (3423) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared with Strykzone via Facebook Chat. From a 22-oz bomber this poured a near black with simply huge gray head, with gigantic bubbles. Amazing head retention. Nice hoppy nose with pine, citrus, flowers, and kiwi for strawberry - The flavor is bright hop - kiwi -citrus - pine. Finish is long and complex with a good mix of roasted malts and the fruit. Bitteness as well. This is a simply superb brew.
bnoel09 (443) - Elk Grove, California, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown/black pour. Aroma is a nice blend of roasted malt and grassy and resinous hops. Flavor is chocolate and roasted malts, with the grassy and resinous hops coming through again. Medium bodied. Overall a decent black IPA, but a little too mild.
Dogbrick (8516) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the brewpub. Pours brownish-black with a medium beige head that dissipates steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts and hops. Medium body with flavors of biscuit malt, herbal hops and a bit of chocolate. The finish is charred malt up front and leaves a short hoppy aftertaste. Decent overall.
Thisis12ptfont (862) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep, burnt malts and roasted coffee aroma. Deep blackish brown appearance with a massive foam top. Off the bat, way too carbonated. Aside from that, its got some dark molassess, caramel and coffee in the back. Overall, this is way too carbonated to even enjoy. I’m suprised the bottle didnt burst from the pressure. C rating.
HughConway (805) - Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2012
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bomber Bottle. Pours black, tan head. Malt and peanut butter aroma. Taste of malt. Really no hops I can discern, more like a schwarzbier or a porter than a "Black IPA"
BucannonXC5 (912) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. Lots of head, maybe four or five fingers. Color was basically black. Light brown cloudy lacing. Lots of film on the sides, brown, wet and sporadic.
An interesting mix on the nose of citrus hops (more lemon or lime than anything else) and dark chocolate malts. A bit of a toffee/caramel sniff as well. Maybe even a bit of mint in there, too, or just some wishful thinking?
Tasted fairly similar to the nose, although not as much citrus hops (still lemon or lime). A lot more stouty and coffee than dark chocolate. Still got that mint taste as well.
Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Smooth finish.
A better beer overall than I anticipated. A couple of my ratings could have gone either way, but all in all it was a decent beer.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAR 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Rating #19. Thick, dark black pour with light brown head and some decent lacing. Nice light roast aroma, light fruits as well, very mild and very pleasant. Modetate bitterness and more light roast with a nice hoppy aftertaste. Pretty tasty stuff. (2262)
dwyerpg (4637) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 29, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A pretty solid initial aroma and flavor, reminiscent of an Imperial Stout. The flavor is where you first get the hops. It starts out with the heaviness of a stout as well, but the finish is more bitter and lighter. A pretty good beer, esp. for only 6.5%
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Blackish beer witha brown head. Malt and grapefruit aroma with light chocolate and dust. Grapefruit and pine lingers with malt and light chocolate. Medium bodied. Grapefruit and pine lingers with light chocolate and light dirt.