GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 29, 2013
651mL thanks to DedicatedToFun. Clear, deep cola pour with larger tan foam. Nose is dark chocolate, malted milk balls, vanilla. Taste is strawberry, dark chocolate, mild dairy richness, roast, pine. Thicker, spicy palate. Solid Black IPA. bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Bottle. Blackish beer with a dark tan head. Dark malt and light grapefruit aroma. Grapefruit and light roast flavor with light chocolate. Medium bodied. Grapefruit and light pine lingers with light cocoa and light roast. blipp (9696) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Draft. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Rich chocolate malts, some light rye-like spicy notes, and a medium floral hoppy bitterness. Tasty. Ibrew2or3 (8828) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2012
Bomber pours deep darkness with full tan head and some sheet lacing. The aroma is big and yummy with dark roasted malts, earthy and spicy hops, some dark roasted coffee, malt balls and some rye twanginess. Great aroma. The taste feels thin but some how also on the creamy side. I get dark roasted malts fused with almost, but not quite, chewy rye spicy twanginess. Midway and into the finish a touch of toffee and burnt malts come to the surface to play with a bit of resiny pine hops. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2011
22. Pours a murky near-black with a nice creamy tan head. Big spicy rye nose, showing that husky pepperiness along with some grapefruit and pine. Creamy full body with lively carb. Roast, toast, pepper, grapefruit, pine, and grain husks on the mid palate along with a nice resiny finish.
BMan1113VR (7929) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Bottle. Pours with a near black with a large and thick brown head that has pretty decent staying power and good retention. Aromas of fruit. Strong citrus, orange and grapefruit with a considerable amount of esters. Light roast, coffee, some spice and a bit of a metal character as well. Tobacco, chocolate, light dark fruit. Flavors are quite roasty, toasty and spicy. Roast dominates and finishes a bit nutty, dry and acrid. Thin, dry. Spicy. Moderate hop flavors of pine and citrus (somewhat unpleasant, but I don’t particularly care for Ahtanum hops, which I think this uses). Roast, lightly astringent, lasting bitterness. Thin, warming, medium bubbles. The roast and even somewhat astringent malt character dominates the hop character (that said, I am picky on which Black IPAs I like). blankboy (7808) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2012
Bottle [660ml] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus c/o Brock. Pours dark brown with light red hues, a bit oily looking, and a small
diminishing frothy tan head. Aroma of lightly roasted malt, leafy
hops, chocolate, some coffee and a hint of spice. Flavour of roasted malt, light spice, coffee, leafy hops and chocolate. Alcohol well hidden. Medium bodied, almost-creamy mouthfeel. Quite good, I enjoyed it. Strykzone (7659) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Bomber from Hayduke. We shared it via facebook chat. This was very dark and had a tan head that settled with big bubbles bursting. The aroma was chocolate, anise, roasted notes, and swamp. The flavor began with chocolate and licorice but there was so much going on and so many layers to the flavor. Quite late I was finally able to taste hops and they were citrus and grassy. This beer kept changing personalities and was a blast to taste. I knew there were hops in there but had to peel back layers of other interesting flavors before they were exposed. As well as interesting this beer was also quite tasty. What fun to try. Fortunately I had a bomber and not just a few ounces because the complexity required some time to explore. HogTownHarry (7065) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - OCT 31, 2012
May 11, 2012 - bomber shared with me and blankboy courtesy of B. Mostly opaque ruby-black with a smallish frothy/rocky tan to light brown head. Aroma is resin, light coffee, mostly grain, some alcohol - nice (7+). Taste is really smooth, a tad metallic for a couple of seconds, but that fades out, what is left is mostly deep roast and herbal/resin bitterness. Slick mouthfeel, average body and carbonation and it finishes medium-long, medium-bitter - can’t get over how smooth it is - nice one! AmEricanbrew (7011) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Dark brown color with lingering tan foam. Floral, pine, citrus, dark chocolate aromas. Medium bodied with average co2. Floral, pine, citrus, spicy bitter flavors with semi-sweet chocolate, pale honey to balance, with parched black malts in a drying finish--very good.