maledictum (699) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - NOV 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black color, tan head. Some lacing falls in slow-motion back into the glass, some stays in reaching patterns. Very light, but crisp carbonation. So, so bitter, it has an almost acidic texture to it. A roasty, resiny hops aroma beneath the intense bitterness.
beeratarian (150) - 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.
boxofrane (2344) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours black with a small tan head. Smells very roasty with some hop notes. Taste is medium bitter with a strong finish. Awesome.
probstblueribbon (3242) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Finger Lakes Beverage, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
App.: Deep brown-black with a large light mocha head.
Aroma: Lots of citrusy C-hops, sweet and mashy like an American DIPA, boozy and vinous, fruity – berries and dark dried fruits, some pine and floral notes, a bit resinous, inky, thick molasses, rich, malty, boozy and hoppy.
Palate: Medium+ body, moderately full effervescence with some prickly bubbles.
Flav.: Huge, American DIPA character, all the big, boozy, mashy malts and in-your-face hopiness, dark dried fruits, caramel/brown sugar, C-hops, resin, pine, some inky, rich, sticky molasses,darker malts as it warms and as I get more used to it, starting to seem like Impy Stout meets DIPA; dry with good bitterness and a long, hoppy, lovely, malt finish.
Wow. Huge. Righteously sublime. For itself.
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Earthy, mulch-like complexity. Cranberry bitterness headlocks the tongue. Color is a sensational oak brown. Smell is of molasses. This brew is reminiscent of Stone’s Arrogant Bastard, but more peppery. There are only about 100 solid flavors going on in this black IPA. You’ll need an archeological crew to unearth them all. This stuff is magic with a fleshy slice of German chocolate cake.
Cheosky (33) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amazing beer. Full body whit long bitter and smoky finish. It has a taste that I cannot des ribs right now. I need anotwher bottle. Wow it is strong on the alcohol side....bye
mile (3338) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very dark brown - almost black, average and fully diminishing light brown head. Moderate, malty and sweetish aroma, some caramel, tropical fruitiness, lots of grapefruit - piney hoppyness. Body is medium to full, malty and sweetish flavor, some caramel and faint roasted malt, some tropical fruitiness, grapefruit - piney hoppyness. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish, light caramel with some tropical fruitiness, lots of piney hoppyness, light roasted malt. Really nice hoppyness in the aroma - flavor has bit too much caramel sweetness.
deekyn (1333) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - pours deep dark almost opaque cola syrup brown with high fluffy tan head that lasts a while. Strong lacing. S - hops hops and hops. But subtle. Grassy and piney up front. Centennial hops? M - full bodied beer with a nice palate. Lingering sweeter malty finish with a nice bitter finale. T - nice well rounded ipa. Centennial hops, grassy and citrus hops up front. Nice transition to a sweeter malty palate. Nice notes of quiet roasted malts and a hint of chocolate. O - very good clean black ipa. 7+
nsquishee (629) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - MAY 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Let this guy warm up a bit and you’ll be able to appreciate the interesting hop profile that hides behind the bold malts. Flavors of hops, roasted malts, pine, coffee, and rye bread. Very nice aroma of dank hops and tropical fruits. Good stuff. Share with a friend because a whole bomber gets to be flavor overload.
beernbourbon (1370) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at iTap. Pour is near black with a thin tab head. Aroma is dominated by pine hop with a crisp roasted malt backbone. Straightforward and clean. Flavor also pine hop and roasted malt with some hints of resinous hop and light ash. Nice beer.