Bridge Road B2 Bomber

Formerly brewed at Bridge Road Brewers
Style: Black IPA
Beechworth, Australia
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.77/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
The Bridge Road crew like to make a statement with their anniversary beers and the 2010 special is no exception. A true melding of styles, the B2 Bomber is a Black Belgian IPA, bringing together darker, roasted malt varieties, a swagful of hops and a Belgian yeast variety in a quite intriguing mix. The combination of aromas when the dark-as-night beer first poured from the black-labeled champagne bottle like a huge, foam-headed espresso had Crafty confused: “A bag of rubber bands?” Further investigation revealed all manner of aromas – changing as it warmed: sugar sweetness, hints of roasted malts, some fruitiness from the Belgian yeast – even a suggestion of ripe banana. In the mouth, the “Belgian” and “IPA” elements come and go in a flash, with the dark, roasty, toasty flavours dominating and leading to a long, very dry finish underpinned by the hops. Big and bold – in keeping with the stark labeling – and a fine addition to anyone’s cellar.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FlyingWombat (21) - - JUN 29, 2011
Enjoyed this beer on several occasions in several forms. It was best fresh in draught form, a real "wow" beer in the local craft beer landscape. It was the awesome Aussie Black IPA that existed before the BIPA really took off here in Australia (everyone is brewing one now!). This review is of a 1 year old aged bottle (750ml), poured into tulip glas. Beautiful solid and consistant black appearance with massive creamy tan head. Big aroma of burnt roasty malts, coffee, biscuit, dark fruits and yeast. Hops have clearly mellowed from the aging. Taste is roasted matls, coffee, chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth, full and warm. Solid finish, moreish. Easy to drink and enjoy several at once, even thought the alcoholic effect kicks in quick. Probably wouldn’t want to age it any longer, because the yeast seems to be on the edge of turning. But all round...a well crafted beer!

captain_ramrod (7) - - FEB 27, 2016 does not count
As satisfying as swing a stray cat against a steel pole. Meow thats good beer.

jonnyguns (1108) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 8, 2013
On tap at the Norfolk. Pours jet black colour with a tanned head. Nose showcases chocolate malts and roasted espresso. Pine and citrus hops in the nose as well. Flavour is massive on the chocolate malts and pine hops. Massive wack of chocolate and coffee bitterness at the backend. Amazing stuff

Rangi (671) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 22, 2013
Black poor with mocha head. Aroma of big coco notes. Taste is dry on the palate and bitter. 99% coco sort of bitter. Great coco flavour achieved. Very interesting and very tasty beverage. Not quiet what I was looking for but a well done beverage none the less

pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 13, 2012
Tap at the Albion: This was a very average beer. I liked what they were trying to do but its just a little boring. No real body or flavour.

fletchfighters (1604) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
A-- Poured dark reddish black, just a little bit of red tints on the bottom of the glass, otherwise black. One finger mocha colored head. Head retained its shape very well and very good head retention. Just bits of lacing streaks or circles on the sides of the glass. Good label of Ned Kelly as well S-- Chocolate, coco powder, candied lemon, orange and grapefruit. Decent amount of hop bitterness in the smell. Well balanced smell with the chocolate and the citrus. T-- Lots of chocolate, coco powder, and roasted malts. Not a real aggressive hop punch but more of death by chocolate. A little bit chewy in the first few sips. As it warms up the hops open up more and are much more assertive in the taste. M-- Medium carbonation and a full bodied beer. Hops come out more in the mouth, grapefruit and lemon and a little bit of a pine finish. Good balance between chocolate and the hops in this. Dry finish. D-- Best effort to date from Bridge Roads.

fiulijn (21511) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2012
Tasting at Papsø’s
The color is almost black, with compact beige head. Nice roasted malt aroma, a bit cheesy, cardboard. Good dark chocolate flavor, roasted malts, ashes, burnt coffee; good body strength; correct bitterness. But overall nothing special.

fonefan (52351) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2011

Bottle 750ml.

Clear dark black brown colour with a large to huge, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, coffee, moderate yeasty, fruity. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, chocolate, dark malt, coffee. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110918]

Pinball (12600) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2011
bottle at papsø. dark brown, smoorh lihght brown head mild roasted malty aroma. flaovr is roasted malts, plain. slightly sweet.

Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2011
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Black - brown head. Coffee, licorice, burned malts, nice chocolate, ok hoppy, nice bitterness, sharpness, robber, ok smokey, chocolate, light yeasty. Nice.

humlelala (1375) - DENMARK - SEP 22, 2011
(Sampled at Papsø’s) Pours black with rich, toffee head. Aroma is mostly dark, roasted malt. Medium-bodied, oily texture with medium carbonation and a roasted finish. Taste is dark and moderately bitter. My impression of black IPA is dominated by those that use the new hops such as Citra and Nelson Sauvin and it’s hard for me to detect a hop presence in this one beyond what one finds in a porter.

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