notalush (5392) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2012
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle - pour looks like cola - seems more like a dry, hoppy porter than a black IPA - thin body, watery texture and finish - some dry mineral notes - a fair amount of roast - herbal, woody hops - a bit of a metallic note in the finish - meh.
dwm1034 (710) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
SAmple at Sprechers in Lake Geneva. Lacks the IPA / hoppy nose, taste is also too mild for a good IPA....thin...not the best by far.
Ratman197 (11364) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head and goodlacing. Aromas of roastiness, charcoal, grapefruit, pine and light liucorice. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of roastiness, charcoal, grapefruit and a hint of pine with a crisp dry bitter lingering roasty finish.
TheAlum (6373) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Discount Liquors (Milwaukee, WI). Acquired on the last trip up. Getting towards the end of the rates from Wisco. Pours a rich deep brown hue, dark and near blackish, offering ruby brown glow on the edges, bottom, and some parts of the body. Dark but not hazy/opaque. Offering a healthy brown head atop, a good thick film sits atop and laces ok. Sticks around ok. Aromas are touches of toast and roast, some cocoa moving quickly into florals and a firm hopping, touches of grapefruit. Some thick sweeter toffee and caramel jump in. Biscuity and touches of cocoa. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, offering a firm bitterness up front. Good dose of florals, some citrus, and dry pine. A touch of mellow creamy mouthfeel hits at times, some cocoa, biscuits and toffee, the beer is much less sweet than the nose let on, and firmly bitter into the finish. Piney and floral, staying away from much citrus, roasty and toasty elements linger. Perhaps a bit thin is one of my main impressions. Flavors are ok but gets a bit harsh without the flavorful and enjoyable citrusy bitterness. A bitter Black Ale it is, well hopped but earthy in it’s drive. Weaker aroma, a bit thin, but the flavors are solid and the appearance is quite striking. A mixed bag that overall, was better than expected in my opinion.
bhensonb (12585) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Bruisin’ Ales. Pours dark brown with a creamish beige head. Nice hoppy aroma. Resin? Some underlying burnt malt. Med minus body. Flavor seems resin to me, but the burnt malt renders that uncertain for me. Anyway, there are two sources of bitter - hops/malt - and it finishes pretty dry and quite bitter. I’m thinking this is way underrated. Maybe it should be relabeled as a hoppy stout. :)
AWISLguy (1820) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Woodmans in the Falls. Pours very dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma has grassy malts, some vegetal, some salt. Taste is not as representative; some burnt malts, some pine. Somewhat sour. Finishes with some length but without great flavor. Started nice, but did not follow through.
Lemke10 (903) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I bought a 22oz bottle from Woodman’s in Janesville, WI for $4.29 in early 2012.
Pours a very dark brown/black with a pillowy light brown head. Has a mild scent of bitter hops. Starts off with a thin, slightly bitter texture but the bitterness really explodes with the finish. Picking out some sweet caramel malt and some burnt sugar but the hops overpower everything else. Little bit of a chalky, dry finish. The texture could be a little thicker and I think it would be better if the hops complimented with the rest of the ingredients a little better. Decent, but if I want another black IPA, I will look elsewhere.
kassner (1436) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Color of dull cola, slightly cloudy, with a nice head. A hopped version of guiness. Dry but a bit thin compared to stormking.
wlajwl (4688) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2012 Aroma is hops and a hint of chocolate/malts. The flavor is piney and resinous hops, grapefruit with an undercurrent of malts/chocolate/coffee. There was a relatively mild off-flavor that I couldn’t place; it was still a decent ale.
DietPepsican (1533) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - FEB 13, 2012
1.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Cola brown pour with a big white head. Aroma of caramel and a bit of fruity hops. Flavor is up front aspirin with a bit of hops and caramel in the back end. Thin finish, overly bitter.