papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - AUG 5, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2011 Growler to go from KS Sorrento Mesa: Pure black pour with a medium tan head. Aroma is burnt toast with a hint of chocolate. Flavor starts with a sharp walnut like bitterness followed by grapefruit bitter hops and a hint of bakers chocolate with a long dry bitter roasty finish. Medium body has moderate carbonation. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Black with a creamy tan head. Roasted grain bread and citrus hops aroma and taste with a hoppy finish. brewtal_brewer (1) - California, USA - OCT 5, 2011 does not count
Black. Long lasting Thick brown head. Chocolate in front,
slight alcohol aftertaste
Rye is predominant but not overpowering
Heavily hopped but not overly bitter
Overall good beer kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 23, 2012
(tap at San Diego location) deep black with tan head. Roast malt aroma with some citrus. Taste was coffee, roast malt with a lot of citrus hops in the finish. jonno (2809) - JAPAN - FEB 19, 2013
KS got the chops - this is pretty darn good. Good chocolate malt body, a hint of rye with some pretty big PNW hops. All tied together pretty well. Not overtly flash, but lean, mean and hop green.
strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Sample pour from a bomber. Assertive rye and hops, deep black color. All around solid choice. ddemmingjr (800) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Pours black with 2 finger frothy light brown head. Nose- chocolate and roasted malts, coffee, rye and resin. Medium to heavier bodied with flavors of earth and roast, chocolate malts, biscuits, some herbal and resin hops subtly making an appearance. Spicy nuanced finish. Pretty good though not elite.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone brokensail (16486) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 14, 2013
Black in color with a tan head. A bit of rye on the nose, nice roast, pine, and some citrus hops. Grapefruit, orange peel, coffee, and maybe some chocolate. There’s a moderate citrus quality, some pine, floral hops, and lots of roast. Coffee, chocolate, and mild caramel sweetness. Decent bitterness on the finish. GT (10000) - 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. slowrunner77 (12159) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"No idea of the age, but new to me :) Bomber. Poured inky black and pretty thick head. Great feel, smooth. Almost stoutlike at first, like a bitter imperial stout, but became very well balanced as it warmed and opened up. Pine, spicy rye, and citrus, chocolate, roast, and a bittersweet aftertaste. Leaning towrds the darker malt over the hops, but just ever so slightly. Nice brew."