AWISLguy (1048) - 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 (682) - 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 (1322) - 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 (3549) - 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.
pepsican (1419) - @ $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.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4547) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
An uninspired example in a category that almost always underwhelms. +++ Sampled on draft at D’s in Monroeville this beer poured a black color with a large soapy tan head that left great lacing. The aroma was dryish with a fairly strong floral and perfumey hop presence. The flavor was dryish and bitter with rough floral and perfumey hops and a touch of anise. The finish was medium length roughly hoppy. Medium body. Eh.
Suttree (4903) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, as one might expect, with a big spongy head. Smells like pine and coffee, plus some meaty notes, too. Much more hoppy than the aroma would indicate, then some coffee. Woody, piney finish. The number 11350 was written on the bottle - bottle number? batch number? Did I win something?
crossovert (6352) - Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
On Tap. I don’t like the style but this was a better one. It comes off more as a porter. It has a rich, harsh bitterness that is better than other black ipas that tend to focus on chocolatey malts.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. I reckon I’d hoped for a hoppier version of Sprecher’s solid Black Bavarian. What this brew is, alas, is an ashy, acerbically roasted mess of a beer. Aggressive for sure, but also somehow watery and insubstantial. Not a good combo. Not a good beer.
Drake (7945) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bomber from Woodman’s West Madison. Pours a dark reddish brown with a large frothy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of bitter hops, apples and faint roasted malts. The taste is very bitter hops, roasted malts, a tar-like note. Medium bodied. Off-balance.