msante79 (2244) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2009
On tap at brewpub. Pours a dark brown with decent off-white to tan head. Aroma is heavy with west coast hops and beautiful citrus punch with grapefruit, orange and lemon, nice amount of roasted malt coming through as well. Flavor is roasted malt, bitter hops, nice citrus punch and some light chocolate coming through. Towards the end of glass I was picking up a bit of a metallic note. Could be epic if there were more of a hoppy flavor. Has a good body and mouthfeel. Aroma was awesome. Solid black IPA overall and best of the 3 beers I had from the station tonight. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Bomber courtesy of Nbutler11 at the Phoenix Black Friday tasting. Thanks Nick! Pours dark reddish brown with a half finger tan head. The nose is grapefruit, orange peel, roasted malt and pine. The taste is cocoa, citrus hops and resin in the finish. Medium mouthfeel. Very good Black IPA. fata2683 (2202) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 20, 2010
bottle pours dark brown almost black with a medium off white head. Strong pine resin and floral aroma. Strong bitterness in this one, almost IIPA strong with a kick of alcohol in the finish. holdenn (2127) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2009
On tap at FS. Pours black with a tan head. Lots of citrus, grapefruit, and floral hops in the nose with some of the roasted malts coming through. The hops really pop in the flavor, medium bitterness fresh citrus and grapefruit. The roast has a slight bitterness that isn’t lost or overdone. Solid IPA, its hard to drink this one slow. RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2009
Very dark brown pour with minimal tan head. Nice roasty nose. Some obvious roasted notes up-front, maybe a touch of smoke, even. Then the hop bite comes up from behind...pine and grapefruit. Medium craemy texture...very easy drinking. This should sell out quickly, now that the weather has turned a bit chilly. Very good work!
GAManiac (1946) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Another Flossmoor hookup from Adam, thanks again. yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Pours dark, dark brown in the glass with only the faintest hints of light coming through the edges with a big thick off-white head that recedes fairly slowly and leaves good lacing.
The aroma is dominated by hops, some citrus in the form of oranges and pineapple, and a little bit of floral pine and grass as well. There are some sweet dark malts underneath.
The taste is more floral than the aroma with an initial pine resin bitterness that gives way to the highly toasted black malts in the background with some bakers chocolate coming out as well. The finish brings back the hop and espresso-like bitterness which lingers for a while after each sip.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied but almost seems a little thin with good carbonation and dry and bitter in the finish.
This is a solid brew that is a little lacking in body for my liking but is pretty drinkable and offers lots of different flavors all together. Interesting and tasty.
Dark dark brown small off white head. Aroma has light hops and some faint roast. Flavor is more hoppy than anything else. Drinkable but bitterness lingers a bit. tjthresh (1872) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2009 Tap at the pub. Black with some light escaping from the edges. Nice citrus nose with plrenty of black malt roast. Very bitter and way dry. Tasty for sure. kiefdog (1827) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Bottle courtesy of fishingnet. Pours a dark cola brown with thin tan head. Aroma is big bouquet of hops, citrus, grapefruit, spice, pine, malt. Flavor is much of the same--lots of floral hoppiness. Generally medium body with a floral hop finish. kassner (1701) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2011
I like the type and this beer, Coke color with a modest head and some lacing. Nice hops fragrance, a full mouth and spicy notes underneath the good level of hops.