DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a snifter. Batch #1.
4.0 A: Black color. A full three fingers of beige, creamy/frohty hybrid head. Retention is very good and moderate amounts of semi-regular lacing is left.
3.5 S: Earthy and herbal hops with perhaps a touch of citrus underneath. Moderate roast with semi-sweet chocolate, caramel, and molasses. Despite my reservations, the hops and dark malts work well together.
3.5 T: Like the nose, the hops and dark malts seem to live harmoniously, which is not the norm in my experience. Hops are mainly herbal and earthy with a touch of citrus. Mild bitterness. Malts offer molasses, some caramel, light chocolate, and a dusty graininess. Not bad here. Borderline 4.0.
4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy. Feels right given the flavor profile.
3.5 D: Easily one of the better hoppy dark beers out there. I think a lot of it has to do with the lack of super citrusy hops and a reasonable bitterness.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-11-2012 08:04:33
djdixon75 (3) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 26, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Awesome awesome awesome. It’s like someone took porter and added the bite of an IPA.
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GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt with fruity hops. Taste is roasted malt, citrus hops with a crisp taste. Very tasty-nice aftertaste. Nice lacing.
llcooldave (1081) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hmmm, Interesting... Pours midnight black in the tasting glass with a thin sand colored soapy head. Flavor is flipped around compared to your typical Black IPA (and I did read the description). You get the hoppy citrus up front followed by a dark cocoa roasted malt after taste, which is backwards to a Black IPA. Slight floral soapy aroma like Irish Spring soap. Overall, a nice brew. I rather enjoy the differences compared to a Black IPA. Bravo Sam Adams!
dmac (4007) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Spirits Toms River. Poured a great looking mostly black body with a large frothy dark beige head. Aroma is cola, toast, citrus rind and hint of chocolate. Fuller bodied with stronger carbonation, milkshake thick like fullness on this one. Flavor is a bit better than the aroma, lots of citrus rind, toast, chocolate, cola, grains. Solid beer, once again Sam steps up their game for the small batch series.
djd07 (3564) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with Beige head. The aroma is a roasted malt and smoke. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet roasted malt. Easy to drink A very good black IPA from BBc.
drowland (6033) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2/25/12. Bomber during RBWG 2012. Brown pour, basically ruby under the light, under a small khaki head. Sweet, malty caramel aroma and a similarly slightly sweet, malty flavor but with a bigger hoppy kick. Eh.
wlajwl (3875) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2013 Aroma is coffee, malts and an underpinning of hops. The flavor is coffee, malts, very clean throughout and a mildly hoppy finish.
daknole (9100) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark brown pour. Light head. Roasted malt, roasted nuts, hops in the nose. Flavor is hoppy but not overly bitter, some toffee and roasted nuts. Pretty good.
MadIndian (2380) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another good one from this collection. A nice blend of floral, roasted malts and bread. A bit of a dry flavor at the end that I like.
Just a tad thin.