exparte (59) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2010
Aroma: grapefruit hops, sweet, distinct yeast earthiness. Appearance: Black, thick mocha head, dissipates quickly, little lacing. Taste: sweet upfront, quite bitter towards the end. Palate: medium body, soft carbonation, lingering citrus bitterness. Overall: similar but inferior to Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous. Nice hop profile but could be bigger. Simple malt profile that disappoints but still quite enjoyable. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2010
Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours dark brown to black with a tan head. The aroma is strong pine and resiny hops. If I didn’t look at the beer, I would think this is a standard orange American IPA. The flavor is pine, resin and just the slightest bit of dark malts. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. RSRIZZO (1984) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2010
22oz bottle poured into an English Pint at 44°. Color is black with good carbonation and a tall rocky head. Aroma is lightly roasted with a sweet fresh hop scent pushing through. Medium body goes down smooth with a foamy feel. Flavor comes on bold with deep roasted coffee that has a hint of chocolate, then the hops give a bright fresh floral taste and a touch of honey before a nice bitterness comes out. In the after taste the honey seems to stand out a little more, as it fades the bitterness is left to linger on. This is a great brew, complex with bold flavors. Black IPA’s are quickly becoming one of my favorite styles. SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 18, 2010
On draft at O’Briens. Arrives black and opaque, thin tan head with thin, stringy lace. Aroma is subtle, but features roasty malts with floral and lightly evergreen hops. Bitter flavor from both the roasty malts and the brash hops that lend both a pine and herbal character. Med body, fine, tingly carbonation. Atom (2416) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2010
22oz bottle pours dark brown/black with big tan frothy head. Aroma of earthy pine and citrus. Smooth and balance taste of pine and citrus medium body with after taste of slight coffee. Very decent.
DocLock (10647) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 16, 2010
Bomber from Capone’s. This one pours dark blackish with 1f off tan head and some turbidity. Nose is....wow....great drk patent malt, dark choc, huge resiny drippy wet piney hops. Tastes malty, very resiny piney hoppy, with tons of hops throughout, and the dark malt here stayed a bit in the background and remained an accompaniment rather than the main course. Maybe I’ve stumbled upon the dark malt hop remedy....keep the malt bill big but do not overshadow the hops. Very nice flavor here and a smooth palate. Like a little brother of black butte with tons of hops. jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2010
Bomber shared with the family. A solid dark black in the glass, with a nice foamy medium tan head and a bit of lacing. Nose is pine hops, toffee, caramel, a little chocolate. Flavor again dominated by pine/citrus hops, along with a little coffee-like roasted malt bitterness. A bit sweet in the finish with a nice citrus note. Turned out to be pretty much exactly what I expected when I heard of this beer - and that’s a good thing. Another winner from Deschutes. Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - JUL 16, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2010 22 oz. bottle- Pours almost black with red highlights, with a nice frothy tan head. Big aroma as soon as I poured, roasted malts and hops, very interesting, it’s making me thirsty. In the flavor big hop character, the hops are very dry, not sweet citrus or piney, just a really dry bitterness, roasted malts are very prominent as well, this is one tasty beverage. I am always leery of dark IPAs because I like regular IPA’s citrusy and piney, thats what I like most in my IPA’s, but this is in a style all its own. Very impressed. phaleslu (10098) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2010
22 oz. bottle shared by umr_urgefan over at stlhops.com. Thanks again, Paul! Pours a somewhat cloudy dark brown color with a small beige head. Aroma of piney hops, citrus, chocolate malts, earth, and caramel. Great smell. Flavor of pine resin, caramel, orange citrus, toasted malts, and earth. Lingering hop bitterness. Medium-bodied, with a good amount of carbonation and a bitter, earthy mouthfeel. Really nice black IPA. joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2010
black with white head. citrusy and floral hop nose. firm bitterness before the aforementioned hop flavor being strong but not overwhelming, some mild chocolate notes, but very little sweetness. tastes like an ipa, little character that the color would indicate, much less malt character than an indian brown