DiarmaidBHK (4924) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Draft at Fire works Leesburg. Pours black with a half inch of khaki foam. Has a little bit of lacing. Big piney, leafy notes on the nose. The rye nicely balances with the grapefruit on the tongue. Finishes with a nice amount of bitterness. Solid! HogTownHarry (6942) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2013
My 22oz bottle shared with blankboy, jercraigs and mabel. Almost opaque ruby-black with a large lasting pillowy tan creamy head. Yep - smells the part - herbal resin bitterness, mid-level roast, not much alcohol - very nice. Taste - yep, follows, a little tomato, more alcohol, very sharp, not overly roasty - damn fine! Average body, astringent, nice carbonation, a real "rye" tang to the medium-long finish, balanced, not over the top or too roasty - a very very good beer that I hope to have again. deyholla (11609) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2013
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours a chalky black with a creamy brown head that lasts throughout the beer. Aroma has a nice roasted malt and pine combination with a grass and hint of chocolate. Flavor is similar with a nice roasted malt and chocolate with a nice dry pine finish. bwa5879 (943) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2013
Deep brown/black pour with a few inches of beige foamy head. Mellow hop smell, juicy orange and lemon citrus, tropical and subtle melon aroma too. Very nice and juicy overall. Earthy, bitter, slightly roasty malts and floral and pine hops, with some melon and sweet honey flavor too. Rye and hints of chocolate taste come through on the finish. Pretty nice blend, more bitter than average but very good. Average carbonation, thick frothy mouthfeel and clean finish. Great black IPA that’s well blended and easy to drink, especially for the alcohol content. Pyrmir (6109) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2013
Bottle @CBC13. Clear brown with small beige head. Aroma has caramel, chocolate, lots of pine hops and resin. Flavour with roasted malts, chocolate and resin. Well balanced and pleasant to drink
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - MAY 20, 2013
pours black with a fluffy but sturdy beige head. The nose is full of Citrus and Amarillo with hints of rye malt beneath. The Taste starts with big citrus and pine. Thick "chewie" caramel and toffee malts are next. Spicy rye punches the tongue and rounds out the hops. Hints of pumpernickel, cocoa and Wookey pelt round out the end. Finishes slightly dry and peppery.
This beer is very well balanced. Masterfully made. A limited edition treat you absolutely must try. It’s a great time to be a rye beer lover!
zillano9 (9) - New York, USA - MAY 19, 2013 does not count
Excellent. Full taste with a good amount of everything but not overpowering.
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Bomber bottled 12/14/12. Beautiful, gnarly hop aroma, pine and dank wood, spicy rye and black roast, faint citrus but thankfully fresh and biting hops on the whole. Deep dark brown pour with a densely rocky, lacing tan head. Taste of delicious heavy roast, tar, light ash, not to be outdone by zinging, darting pine and spicy hops. Some alcohol, sweet at first but resolving to semi-dry, light/watery body, medium bitterness lasting into the long and hop-drenched aftertaste. Thankfully, the roast/black patent isn’t punishing, and the rye porter-type malt and the hops is nothing short of masterful. Yes!
fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2013
If there’s hope for Black IPAs as an emergent style, this should be their standard-bearer. Can’t think of anything I’d change here.
Bomber, pours a beautiful midnight black with a light tan head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, rye. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, and piney hops finishing very bitter, yet smooth and somewhat dry. Pretty solid. sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2013
Pours brown with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, citrus, peach, pepper and grapefruit. Flavour is roasted malt, citrus, peach and grapefruit.