ReademNwheat (174) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a 22oz bottle. Pours a dark murky color with a nice off white head. Aroma of piney hops and roasted malts. Flavors is very hoppy with notes of pine, slight citrus and roasty malts. Very tasty brew.
udflyerfan07 (173) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Belmont in Dayton, OH. Poured a very very dark brown, almost black color. Nice looking ale. Aroma of bread, nuts, ect. Very bold taste for an ale. Extremely smooth beer, taste boarding on that of a porter. Highly recommended.
MannyGoldberg (173) - The big bad LDN, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Based on it’s status as top ranked black IPA on here I’d been looking forward to trying this out. An extremely pleasant beer but lacking the hop attack I like in my preferred black IPAs. Not much on the nose but reassuring malty sweetness. Overall I’d rate any of the three Kernel black IPAs released so far ahead of this brew. None of those are in the top 50 though, go figure!
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theviolet (173) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber poured into a goblet. Wow, strong aroma hits immediately. Tangerine and hops. The citrus is very strong. Exceptionally dark brown with a small light brown head. Very strong flavors, lots of hops throughout. You can really taste the roast and the malt in the finish and aftertaste. You can also taste a lot of citrus. Very nice on the palate, full and bubbly. A really interesting beer that I would definetely try again.
beeratarian (172) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark browm almost black with a light brown medium head. Aroma is mostly hops with a little dark roasted malt, almost slightly burnt. Initial flavors are that of a smoothed out ruination. Very smooth and easy to drink for the style. Your mind tricks you into thinking it will be malty and roasty, but the reality of it is just a balance to the ridiculous amounts of hops that stone likes to use. The finish is dry and creamy at the same time. What makes this beer so good is the drinkablity. I could pound a bomber and look for more. The fresher the better with this beer. A dark beer that is right at home on the john deer in the middle of summer or as a warmer on a winter ski trip.
essexcalf (172) - Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at GBBF, 7/8/12. Opaque brown. Aroma - Grapefruit, quite piney, grassy, aromatic spiciness, hops, bit of grape, bit roasty/choc malt. Taste - Very piney, terpene flavours. Grapefruit flavours, but little bitterness. Bit of a spicy tang, but mainly sweetish. Bit choc malt. Good balance of darker, sweet malts & grapefruit, piney & aromatic hops. Body is medium-thick, slightly syrupy, soft.
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 13, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber and on tap. This bottle is WAY FRESH and it shows! Pours a dark, dark brown - pretty much black, with a billowy tannish head that stays. Fantastic, thick lacing. Aroma is big grapefruit, piney, citrusy hops, chocolate, malt, roasty malt. Taste is chocolate, malt, grapefruit, piney hops, really fresh and ending with a long lasting tingly bitterness. The mouthfeel is very full-bodied and well rounded, with medium to medium low carbonation. In a word, Delicious.
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is luscious, fruity, floral hops. Slightly citrusy notes combine with the roasted chocolate flavors of the malt. Smells delicous. Pours a dark brown with a big off white head. Taste is roasted malt immediately on the front, slightly chocolate. Follows up with a huge hop punch. Really coats your mouth with flavor. Lingering bitterness. Surprising amount of hop character for as powerful as the malt still is. Best black IPA I’ve tasted.
EHouse (170) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An opaque brick of ebony sits sublimely in my glass with a nice head of tan. You can smell the hops right after popping the cap: smells like a pine forest full of sweaty men (As strange as it sounds I smell a hint of BO/cheese). A perfect medium body of coffee, bittersweet chocolate and a hint of sweetness. Finishes long and tingly with spicy pine and all that glorious hoppy bitterness. I’m amazed how balanced this is considering how hoppy it gets in the finish. A solid Cascadian!
RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It’s interesting to taste this beer, it’s boozy, hoppy and has a lingering bitterness to it. It also has a bit of an oily texture, pretty good, not a 100 though.