blackflag321 (312) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber pour to pint; with a meal- pork loin and sweet potatoes. I have had this several times but did not rate it. I always enjoyed it. Very persistent foamy head; cola black color. Roasted maltiness with a bit of smoke and sweetness. Very good.
boozedude (1004) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - MAY 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow...ran into this little gem a few mins ago at locust tap! Never seen b4 so had to get..holy smokes its delicious black ipa... hoppy bitter goodness..yay
bluemooner (554) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a medium tan head and some lacing. Aroma is a lot of pine and citrus notes with chocolate and coffee mixed in. Flavor is roasted malt, caramel, milk chocolate, coffee, grapefruit and citrus with piney hops. Medium body with medium carbonation and a nice bitter finish. Very good brew.
DavidWoodruff (239) - Windsor, California, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Dark roasted malt, espresso and an odd mosquito-spray smell - my guess is the hops.
Appearance:Black with a small tan head.
Flavor: Roasted malt and caramel - moderately sweet.
Palate: Full bodied with soft carbonation and a silky texture.
Overall: Very impressed with how well balanced it is for the typically unbalanced style.
OKplus (355) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A - Pours completly opaque even when held up to the light. A dense 2 finger tan head presents excellent retention and random patterns of lacing.
S - Resinous pine surrounded by grapefruit zest and sweet tropical fruit. Perfume-like alcohol vapors, hits of roasted dark malts and cocoa.
T - Oily piney hop juice all the way to the middle then instantly turns to aggressive grapefruit pith, tropical fruits, and mint. All the while the roasted, almost burnt malt holds on and adds some smoky sweetness. Bitter fruit and slightly sweet with burnt chocolate on the finish. Aftertaste seems different with every drink but grapefruit seems to dominate.
M - Full bodied, very rich and creamy, moderate carbonation hops coat the mouth with bitterness.
A multitude of hop flavors with good black malts behind it. This is on the edge of being unbalanced on the hops side but the malt comes through just enough.
Serving type: bottle
Steverus0 (68) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - MAY 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is...well... Not quite heaven, but I suppose that sublime is apt.
This brew cuts a perfect balance between the roasted notes and hoppy bitterness that others have performed with less success.
Pours an opaque ebony with bright and decently persistent head. Aroma of pine and hints of chocolate.
Taste is roasted barley and a faint chocolate with flower-forward west coast hop varieties. Smooth and balanced on the mouth. Yup. New favorite (at least one of them)
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Norton (325) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Woah. I am astonished at the high ratings here. I found this overall to be very derivative and unexciting. This has got to be the most overrated brew I’ve tried in several years. Minimal head does not stay long. Deep blackish brown. Hops. Hops. Hops. That’s all I get. A faint twinge of roastiness. I don’t get it.
finn1918 (145) - Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz, $3.50 from Total Wine, BB 5/15/13. Pours inky black with a 1-finger light tan/off-white head. Aroma is typical Stone-stle hop punch: floral and pine dominate. Taste is boozy, roast malts, cocoa powder, and a big floral hop punch, although not as bitter as some. Nice cocoa/hop finish that lingers for a while. Mouthfeel is fairly light and silky for the style. A good food beer, but a bit too dry to stand on its own. Excellent, but truthfully, a little overpriced. Some equally good beers can be had for a few dollars less.
ACD (337) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 28, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Jet black with tan froth and loads of lacing. Aroma gives loads of pine and juicy citrus alongside some dark roast coffee and dark chocolate. Taste explodes with juicy fruity hope and pine resin, before dark chocolate and roasted malt take hold. Great balance. Some coffee in there too. Lots of citrus and blood orange - so juicy for a BIPA. Full mouthfeel. Touch of booze. Lingering roasted notes and pine resin bitterness. This is top notch.
AlainG (633) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Elle est brune très foncée, alors qu’une mince, mais dense, mousse flotte au-dessus de celle-ci. Le nez est de résine et de zeste d’orange entremêlé de céréales grillées. Au goût, c’est amer et ça devient graduellement agressif. Au travers cette intimidation, on détecte du café noir et du chocolat noir qui frayent au travers un caramel. Louis s’est lâché lousse dans les offrandes (556-120113)