bigben873 (163) - Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma - Hoppy, toasty
Appearance - Dark brown, large head
Taste - taste like a cross between an IPA and an Imperial Stout
Palate - Smooth, with slight bitter finish,
Overall - Very different and unique beer; overall really tasty. A little heavy, so not an everyday beer, but the large bottle is really enjoyable.
JMerritt (1890) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Pours a very dark browned amber with a medium sized tan head. Nose is slightly piney atop caramels, charred wood and a touch of balsamic vinegar and brown sugar. Caramels and toffees dominate the initial flavor, but it quickly turns into spicy and earthy hops. Finish is toasty breads and cocoa.
Beerdedone (2964) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, pine, coffee and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malts, chocolate, pine, molasses, citrus and light caramel.
Svesse (6926) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - DEC 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Brownish black colour with lasting, frothy, beige head. Roasted, hoppy nose with notes of black rye bread, pine needles, orange peel, dark chocolate, prunes, coffee and hints of mint. Malty, roasted taste with black rye bread, orange peel, prunes, dark chocolate, roasted nuts, black coffee, molasses and a generous piney bitterness in the finish. More than medium body, with a certain sweetness. Quite sweet for a black IPA, making it more like a hoppy brown porter (which seems to be some of the idea here). Not the most refined in the style, but still a nice one.
IrishBoy (3958) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch #2 Bomber. Nose is roasted coffee and a tiny pine hint. Clear dark brown with a small beige head. Flavor is malty and peppery with light sweetness and a hint of anise.
DocJitsu (1272) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark bourbon and brown with a shorthand head. Sweet notes of coffee and a touch of licorice on the nose. The mouth feel is a little sticky and someone lively. Toffee, horehound hard Candy,and faint licorice are noted in the flavors.
manuelMTL (237) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black color with a medium brownish head. Nose is very malty with dak fruits, dried prunes. Lots of caramel sweetness. Taste is the same with a good amount of coffee and dark chocolate that kicks in towards the end. Medium bitterness. Great balance between malty sweetness and roasted coffee beans!
slowrunner77 (7100) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"i was starting to buy into the small amount of negativity i’d heard about this beer...not that it would effect my opinion once i’d had a beer, but it made it so i wasn’t as excited to try it. but damn, this was nice! different than most black ipas in that the dark side of the beer wasn’t just dark malt but a definite strong/baltic porter. lots of chocolate and a hint of coffee and roast in the nose, with a decent dose of orange and grapefruit. the flavor really won me over though...a hint of black licorice and molasses in addition to what was present in the aroma. you say clash, i say unique. pretty dang smooth too. i’ll get another while it’s fresh."
bluejacket74 (1556) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle, Batch #2. No date information on the bottle from what I can tell, but I think it’s got some age to it since the Sam Adams website says this isn’t currently brewed. That and I bought the bomber for just $2.99 so it must have been on some kind of closeout. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours very dark brown with an inch tan head that stuck around a little while. There’s also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, citrusy hops, and pine hops. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s also some molasses, burnt/charred malt, dark fruit and earthiness noticeable. There’s a lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. I thought this was pretty good. It ages well, next time I’ll make a point to try a fresher batch of this!
Darkmagus82 (2008) - - MAY 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review on 4-7-12 -
Poured from bomber into pint glass
Appearance- A nice dark brown color with a large billowy off white/brownish head. The head had some wonderful retention and gave way to a decent amount of lacing.
Smell – The smell was mainly of roasted malt with some aromas of coffee. Hints of some floral and earthy hops are also present and balance out some of the more malty aromas quite well.
Taste – The taste was of nice and roasty malt up front mixed with a light note of molasses and lactose sweetness. Toward the middle some nice more earthy hop flavors begin to come into the mouth. They complement the roasty taste quite well. At the very end a very roasty somewhat roasty flavor is left in the mouth and leaves a very nice aftertaste in the mouth.
Mouthfeel – A creamier body with a lighter level of carbonation allows the brew to really soak into the tongue and coat the mouth with a nice smooth feel.
Overall – A very solid hoppy dark brew. One very nice dark hoppier porter.
TXBadger (1926) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brownish black color with ivory head. Hops and malt on the nose, pine, earth, and toast; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a bit of hop resin and some nuts.