JaBier (4532) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at the Sam Adams Hop-o-logy tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 5/3/12. Dark brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of dark malt and spicy and oniony hops. Malty and caramelly flavor with a bit of a nutty character before a grassy hop finish.
boozedude (1616) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black...brown head..aroma of pine and light cofde. ?and malts..taste is different. ?has citrus. And almost a licorice grapefruit taste....not like anything ive had..not bad at all..would do again
garthicus (2594) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Blankboy. Appearance: very dark cola black, thick off white head. Aroma: coffee, floral, grassy, lots of hops, malt. Flavour: Malty, lots of malt, grainy, thick, quite hoppy with a lot of spice and coffee, long chocolate finish. Quite nice.
UDBeernut (1480) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Look! Its a baltic Porter! Look! Its a swartzbier! Look! Its not an Ipa! Dark off white tan head. Nose of light roast a caramel. Creamy body, with lots of malt, caramel, bittersweet chocolate. Well balanced and just a bit of citrus and flower.
poisoneddwarf (1622) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - MAY 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Aroma is more hoppy than roasty. There’s some caramel in here to go along with the citrusy notes. Also some bread. Pours black with ruby red highlights and a medium collapsing beige head; falls into a blanket of foam after a few minutes; nice lacework sheets the glass. Taste is sweet, roasty, a touch sour and finishes bitter. Flavors of anise and molasses come out as it warms. Creamy mouthfeel with a medium-full body. A strange beer that doesn’t know what it is. Is it a black IPA or an extra hoppy baltic porter? It borrows from both styles equally. This is unique and quite tasty.
AWISLguy (1050) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Breeze Thru. Pours cola colored with a bit of a foamy brownish head. Terrific lacing coating the glass and leaving its presence all the way to the end. Aroma has roasted caramel and teryaki, some dark fruits Taste brings caramel, coffee, a bit of dark fruit. some soy with a bit of chocolatey presence. Quite thick. Very little hop presence. Syrupy. Slight sweetness but finishes mostly salty/bitter with some length. Not a bad beer with some taste, but I am not getting black ipa as the style. More a weak bock-y porter??
jmohno (1021) - Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour short creamy head,lacing,some red hue.
Nose is pretty hoppy with fruit with maltiness/sweet.Somewhat yeasty (not off)or bready.Cherrys or dark berry-pretty big really, salt,some dry woody oak/vanilla notes.
Taste is initially smooth with lots of chocolate some roast, and lots of rhindy citrus bittering and roast bitter.Salty as usual.Not bad.
smartlung (159) - Valrico, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle from Mazzaros (I love this place). Amber brown pour with nice roasted malt, dark chocolate and citrus hops and rind. Very nice flavor and easy drink for me. Never had this style before so its a nice change.
Dorwart (2341) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very large light brown head form a vigorous pour. Very dense and creamy on top. Dark roadted malts in the aroma with some piney hops, molasses, rubber and mulch. Color is a very dark brown. Rather thick and chewey palate with lots of sweet roasted malts, a hint of dark coffee and some crusty toasted bread. Strong malt presence that a bit overwhealms the hops presence. Finishes creamy and smooth with a lingering roastyness and sweet malts. A pretty good black IPA.
rocbyter (1859) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - APR 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet dark malt with a little bit of fruit. Dark amber color with a medium tan head. Sweet beginning that fades slightly in the finish with a hint of bitterness in the finish. Mild alcohol in the end.