beeratarian (206) - 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 (2553) - 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 (3671) - 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 Ė 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.
Chudwick (2764) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - AUG 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft - pours black with tan head and great lacing. Spruce nose and eventually becomes roasty. Balanced taste-wise at first, but quickly dominated by the bitterness. long bitter aftertaste.
RamyG4 (323) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Super dark brown, just about black with a medium light brown head. Aroma is strong resin hops with a fairly small roasted malt aroma. The stout character is much more present in the taste, lots of coffee, caramel and some chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, heavy bitter, dry finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Good beer.
BrianHagmeier (299) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells exactly like itís name suggests it would. As well, it taste exactly as itís name suggests. Plus, good. Not great but damn good. Itís full of the bitter and chocolate and coffee and with piney and citrus and blah blah ba frackiní blah. Itís a real good black IPA. Iíd recommend it.
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.
solidfunk (7212) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Exactly what I needed to erase the taste of the Schlitz Gold I just drank. Pours very black with lots of lacing. Smells of hops and roast malt. Lots of roast, lots of hops. Not sure how fresh this is but itís still pretty good. Very bitter taste with a little dose of sweetened, caramel malt at the end. Bomber.
dojken (470) - - NOV 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good black IPA. Good aroma nice feeling in your mouth. At the end a very good nice after-taste.
DCLawyer (2438) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Black with nice frothy head. Intense hops. Good IPA, but not complex and if you close your eyes, would not know it is a black ale.