dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - OCT 31, 2011
I wonder if I am tiring of this style already? This was a bit simple and a bit divided for me. Appearance is deep reddish brown with some light coming through, a nice creamy head, good lacing. Aroma is citrus and pine hops, pretty standard IPA profile nothing surprising. Hint of roast as it warms. Taste is first IPA citrus/ pine then a small amount of shallow roast. Palate is thin IPA like. Overall this is solid but not surprising or unexpected. THe roast and IPA seem separate and both seem really standard, when you are tasting hops it tastes like every other IPA when you are tasting roast it is super thin and not subtle at all. Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2009
22oz. Bottle. Root beer colored ale with a nicely lacing frothy collar of foam. Aroma is earthy, with a strong grassy scent, not exactly what I was hoping for. Flavor is a bit more complex, but tastes unbalanced. Grassy flavored hops overpower the mix. If you can get past the vegetal qualities there are some subdued but pleasant notes of chocolate and roasted malt. The mouthfeel of the beer is slightly thin with a strong level of carbonation. Ends with a kick of roast and a sharp, dry bitterness. I applaud the attempt, but both the Southern Tier Iniquity and Stone Sublimely Self Righteous are a substantial step up. amg800 (237) - Ada, Michigan, USA - AUG 6, 2011
Picked this one off the shelve primarily b/c of the label. TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Pours brown with a beige head, decent lacing.
Floral, tart aroma.
Bitter semi sweet taste.
Medium-light bodied, high amount of carbonation, bitter finish.
Bomber pours a rich tobacco brown with a nice bit of retaining off white head (It plateaus) into a pint glass. Black malty aroma, crisp hops, herbs and spices, bready. Black malty/barley taste hits the palate immediately, fresh hops, floral in the finish with a black, almost charred taste lingering on. Fluffy on the palate with medium body and carbonation level. Interesting twist on an American IPA and better than I remember it being. Thin aroma, robust taste. One glass is enough, but not bad balance all things considered. Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Enormous Root Beer float head, complete with a peak of rocky foam that lasted the duration. Root beer in color - dark, roasted nut brown. The aroma has the IPA presence with citrus, but with it something on the sour/soapy side giving it a funk twist. Watery in the mouth but packed with flavor. Grapefruit bite on the tongue with toasty grain on the backside.
KawaBomber (225) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2009
22oz Bottle: Opaque black w/ a massive biege head that slowly falls away leaving a peaked island in the center of the glass & blotches cling to the sides. Wonderful hoppy aroma (pine) w/ roasted malts equally showing themselves. Flavor is piney hops up front, fading into roasted maltiness w/ a clean citrus hop finish. Seems like an IPA; instead of a sweet malt backbone they went w/ the heavy roast. Pretty good, great aroma. Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2010
My first "black ipa", I was surprised, ample hops on the front, with the back in speaking of malts. Good stuff, I likes it. You can try this one and if you don’t like it blame ol’ Shaftie. mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Very dark brown with monstrous head and loads of sticky lace. Tangy and hoppy aroma, grapefruit, pine, and skunky resin. Also roast and burnt chocolate. Thin feel with mild carbonation. Sweet at first, then floral hop flavor slowly develops into grassy and woodsy bitterness. Finishes with a relatively clean hop bitterness, but then a second charge comes after a delay with a burn on the tongue from carbon and some dark chocolate from the roast. Nice complex flavor progression, but I was a little diappointed from the hop flavor after the wonderful hops on the nose, Rockcrawler (197) - Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - APR 24, 2010
22 Oz. Pours a dark almost brownish amber with solid head that subsides slowly. Aroma is of roasted nuts and caramel. Taste comes on with a strong bitterness that delves into a dark malty character with only a little bit of sweet in between the two. A very interesting IPA that definitely has alot of character. The beer finishes with a malty bitter shock to the palate.