SpringsLicker (3035) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a tan head.
Roasty malt aroma with pine resin hops.
The flavor is roasty and bitter, a true Black IPA unlike so many that come across as hopped Stouts. Nice.
deaconmike (298) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours nearly black with a tan creamy head; good lacing. Aroma is decidedly malty (caramel) and pleasant hops to balance - floral and citrus. Taste is very sweet at first and transitions to a grapefruity hop bitterness. Very malt forward with plenty of roast, creamy chocolate and dark ripe fruit notes. It’s full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden. A very good Black IPA.
suprchunk (1928) - Crestview, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black colored pour. Big khaki head. Plenty of lacing. Huge malty aroma with some piney notes and citrus. Taste is a big malty flavor with some dark fruit and raisins. Some hops in there, but not overpowering. More of a malt forward beer. Pretty tasty.
AirForceHops (2578) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle thanks to Phatdog1… thanks buddy!! Pitch black with thin off white head. Aroma is a great blend of mix of the roast char malt, fresh pine and citrus hops. The flavor is balanced perfect with rich chocolate malt along with the pine and citrus/ grapefruit hops. This can’t be 10%, no way!! ABV masked extremely well. The bitterness is lightly lingering and mellowed out by the rich roasted notes. Really tasty.
DrSilverworm (4747) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle, big thanks to DanielCoor for sharing this one! Very dark brown color, thin khaki / tan head. Good plenty ropes of lace. Bigger body. Nice light chewiness to it. Light, smooth carbonation. Sort of dry finish. Awesome, awesome aroma. Herbal hops, some dark chocolate, moderate roast, big spicy hop. Dank and resiny. Grapefruit, citrus. Hint of tobacco. Really interesting spicy, herbal flavor to it. Bigger bitter taste, nice light sweet taste. So easy to drink for 10%, no hint of alcohol. Light spicy hop finish. Silly easy to drink. Long hoppy roasty lightly spicy chocolately aftertaste to savor. Fucking great beer! Would drink this all day, all the time. Wonderful, so good. Could have destroyed this bomber on my own in 4 minutes.
DanielCoor (63) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Brusin Ales in Asheville. Pours a very deep cola with a minimal brown head. Smells amazing rich malty dankness. The Taste is rich chocolate with a strong hoppy presence. I can't believe that this is 10%, it wears the ABV well.
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Gachupines (787) - USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a thick tan head. Aroma slight roasted coffee notes with a hit of pine hops. Flavor is big piney, resin hops with a roasted malt backbone. Finish is vaguely sticky sweet, but not overwhelmingly so.
TheBeerGod (5006) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of my friend Noel. This is actually Some Strange II. Didn’t see a listing so I’m putting it here. Black pour with a short tan head. Strong roasted malt and robust hops in the aroma. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, hops, citrus, soft pine and burnt caramel. Body is medium-full with a strong, dense carbonation. Slught warmth and stickiness to this. Ends with more roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, citrus, pine and floral hops. Delicious!
wedgie9 (1737) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted on 8/2/13 from a capped 650mL bomber bottle purchased at Green Hills Wine Shoppe. Pours nearly black, cola brown, with an average tan head that slowly recedes to fairly thick, rocky lace. The nose is full of green resin and pine hops, with a nice combination of dark and milk chocolate, with a bit of a creamy note, and plenty of roast. The flavor is more focused on the chocolate and roasted notes, with the resinous hops taking a back seat. The body is full and creamy with average carbonation and a long, roasted and nicely bitter finish.
EricTeusink (554) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Phish Lot Beer #5. My have held this beer in the fridge just a touch too long. Pours black with a decent tan head. Excellent roasty nose. Flavors of coffee and slight touch of fruit mingle together. Thick-ish and well carbonated body. Bottle - Green’s Package Store - Atlanta, GA
rangerred (842) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JUL 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.
Pours pitch black with a very solid two finger tan head. Amazing head retention that leaves behind very stout lacing. Very impressive.
Aroma of pine and some citrus along with grass, orange peel, and smoke. Coffee and roasted malt are underneath but marry perfectly with the pine and citrus hops. There is also a dark fruit, port-like quality.
The flavor brings out more of the stout characters with coffee and roasted malt but the hops are still very much forward. Pine is quite prominent but is solidly supported with orange and pineapple. Some chocolate rushes in late along with a moderate to high bitterness. One complaint I do have is that the malt flavor is a little soft and falls off too quickly. Still, the alcohol is well hidden and the beer is not too sweet.
Overall, a very nice Black IPA and quite drinkable for being so strong. Another hit in the dank tank series from Sweetwater.