slowrunner77 (12147) - 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." GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JUN 26, 2014
22oz bottle -
While walking the aisles at my local BevMo, I keep seeing the same selection. But out of the corner of my eye, I see a stack of new Karl Strauss beers and quite the nice price at less than $5 a bomber. And like any good beer geek, I had to get one.
So on a Sunday afternoon after my Raiders gave a beatdown to the Jets of New York, I popped the cap to this one and was quite suprised at what lay in store for me. The beer poured out an inky, jet black body with a eruptive 3-finger dirty white head. Aroma had a thumping chocolate/hoppy 1-2 punch with some support from char, smoke and a light meat marinade. Flavor started out with an up-front and center roasty malt note like a porter or a stout, but then the tarty-rye character shows up and it starts to stand up to the roasty notes. Pepper-like notes show up around mid-palate and combine the roasty-ness of the malts, the bitterness of the hops, the tartness of the rye and the spicey/peppery-ness of maybe the yeast and this is one damn good beer. Creamy mouthfeel, fantastic lacing left behind. Kudos for making a great, great beer. rumproasts (5427) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2014
tap. black with one finger head. very solid black ipa with rich malt body and very nice crisp hops. IrishBoy (4211) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Bomber from a little market here at our hotel across from Disneyland. Nose is slightly charred rye toast, with hints of nuts, floral, and vanilla. Black with a medium, heavy lacing beige head. Flavor is lightly bitter with some notes of roast and sweet. Nice to drink after a long day of walking and riding big rides and the bomber was the same price as a small glass of Karl Strauss at the Beer Kart in Disneyland. BeerFunGuy (875) - California, USA - DEC 15, 2013
This beer has a deep dark look. It has a bitter sharp flavor. It is somewhat flavorful but a little too strong.
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DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - OCT 2, 2013
Super awesome black ipa, bomber from whole foods, rich dark ipa, roasty, piney, kickass 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. tkrjukoff (4335) - SWEDEN - AUG 29, 2013
Pours pitch black with a nice creamy lacing head. Aroma is a bit soapy hoppy roasted. Flavor is nice hoppy citric bitter malty roasted a bit chcolate tones. blipp (9374) - 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. Fatehunter (2568) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Poured a finger of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is a rich roasted malt, coffee and molasses. Wonderful.
The taste is rich as well. Roasted malt, rye spice, coffee just a little bit burnt.
The texture is crisp with low to moderate carbonation.