Aubrey (3516) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Awesome beer. Foamy, light-tan head over an inky blackness -- deep brown under good lighting. Has an enticingly sweet, whiskey-like nose. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich and velvety. Loads of dark chocolate flavors complemented by hoppy notes of citrus and pine. Dry finish has the perfect amount of scorched bitterness to round out the sweetness. Warming and cozy alcohol lingers nicely. Loved it. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2010 Bomber, best by 01/2011 and consumed 10/2010. At arm’s length, the body is pitch black, but a closer look reveals a slight mahogany translucency at the edge. A moderately sized, smooth, mocha tinted head lasts a good long while, as hard, squared off arches of lacing cling to the glass. The nose is aggressively hopped, showing loads of pine and a general resinous earthiness. Malt roast is just as prominent, giving notes of espresso beans, toasted barley, and some dark cocoa. The scent is very much in the Cascadian dark ale mold, almost stout-like in it’s base, with an avalanche of wintery conifer hop resins. I did, however, get a slight tinge of plastic, reminiscent of that which I got out of the Alaskan Baltic Porter a while back. Flavors are largely in the same mold, seemingly equally bitter from the sticky pine and the biting, roasty espresso. Baker’s chocolate plays a big role, especially on the finish, while burnt caramel lends just a bit of needed sweetness. The palate is very smooth and creamy, showing ample natural substance, fine carbonation, and a drying finish. Bitter chocolate lingers for ages after the swallow. This is quite a tasty brew. I like the dryness a good bit. This is one of the "stoutier" CDA’s that I’ve had, and it’s good. The slight plastic in the nose is a minor flaw. beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottle pours a dark reddish brown brew with an off white top. Roasted malts in the nose with pine. Taste follows with pine up front. Nice bitter finish.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2011
dark woody brown shade of black with a spotty head.
aroma and flavor are similar... grapefruit, pine and dirty spicy hops out in front of roast, brown sugar, chocolate, cream and sweaty earth.
it is full bodied, slick and creamy but still prickly and easy to put away. 7/4/7/4/16
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Chocolate and roasted nose, just a touch of piney hops. The taste is rather sweet, lots of chocolate, some roast and coffee, some dark fruit, and a bit of citrus, but it’s light. There’s a solid bitterness, but overall this isn’t much of an IPA.
AWISLguy (3109) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Bomber from Ray’s in Tosa. Pours browner than root beer colored with a beige head leaving some streaks of lace. Aroma has choco/caramel, but light. Not much else. Taste is of chocolate, caramel, some lightly burnt malts, some pine. Medium bodied. Finishes lightly bitter with some sweet. Disappointing from this brewery who has had good stuff. 13.4 thorongil2 (3089) - , Ontario, CANADA - NOV 17, 2014
(tap) clear, very dark brown colour with a small, brown head; aroma of roast, stewed fruit; thick palate; rich, balanced flavour with a long, light bitter finish; very nice rougeau13 (3039) - Richmond, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2015
Dark brown with a bubbly beige head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, a hint of spice, and tree bark. Taste is lots of roasted malts and bitter chocolate. Medium bodied. Decent, but a bit one dimensional. BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 9, 2010
The blackest of black IPA’s I’ve seen...almost stout-like in appearance with a dark mahogany body and a creamy eggshell head. Aroma is bright with lemongrass, grapefruit, pine, and a small dose of roasted malt. This beer is extremely hoppy...flavor shows lots of resin with douglas fir, spruce, and ponderosa all with an opportunity find the tongue. Tons of citrus as well. Again, the malt takes a back seat. Nice bitter finish. Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Tap @ K&B Wine Cellars. Pours a deep coffee brown with a Creamy beige head. Mostly roasted malts on the nose, very faint hop presence. Seemed more like an Imperial Porter, still tasty tho.