Ratman197 (14978) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, charcoal, fruittiness, light dark roast coffee and a hint of smoke. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, licorice, bakers cocoa and light coffee with a crisp dry lingering roasty finish. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2013
On tap at Brewsters, LAX. Handsome deep-dark brown pour with a medium prickly head. Nose a bit more dank and chocolatey than the sharp aroma you usually get with this style (though that’s not to say that sharpness is lacking). More of an emphasis on the B than is customary, in other words. Plenty of pine in the nose, and that’s the dominant hop trait in the taste as well. It’s framed by plenty of roasted malts, and a good bit of choc and caramel. Decent enough brew, almost could be considered a very hoppy porter. Ibrew2or3 (8666) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2012
22oz bomber pours dark mahogany with an inch tall densely cobweby mocha colored head. The aroma offers up a pleasing mix of pine hops, dank earthy hops and spicy hops. This has a promising start. The taste, luckily, is similar with dank to pine to spicy earthy hop goodness where there’s slivers of citrus like hops in there somewhere too. This has nice rich flavors with loads of bitter hops and plenty of flavor hops as well as a mild degree of malt roastiness to balance it out a tad. Excellent stuff. Strykzone (7431) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Bomber from Hayduke. We enjoyed a bottle together via facebook chat. This had a huge tan head that took some time to fade. I poured 4 times into my 12 oz. tulip and each required patience. The beer is pretty much black. Thick lacing remains. The nose is citrus hops that say West Coast hops. First sip is chocolate and roasted malts with those hops right behind. The hops lit up my mouth with delightful brightness. Hope were citrus dominated but their bitterness was moderate at most. On occasion some biscuit was tasted and there was a hint of cardboard. A fun thing with this beer was the changes that popped up out of nowhere. This has to be my favorite from this style. A very tasty beer and a fun one to drink. hayduke (5551) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Shared with Strykzone via Facebook Chat. From a 22-oz bomber this poured a near black with simply huge gray head, with gigantic bubbles. Amazing head retention. Nice hoppy nose with pine, citrus, flowers, and kiwi for strawberry - The flavor is bright hop - kiwi -citrus - pine. Finish is long and complex with a good mix of roasted malts and the fruit. Bitteness as well. This is a simply superb brew.
bnoel09 (587) - Elk Grove, California, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Dark brown/black pour. Aroma is a nice blend of roasted malt and grassy and resinous hops. Flavor is chocolate and roasted malts, with the grassy and resinous hops coming through again. Medium bodied. Overall a decent black IPA, but a little too mild. Dogbrick (13168) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2012
Sample at the brewpub. Pours brownish-black with a medium beige head that dissipates steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts and hops. Medium body with flavors of biscuit malt, herbal hops and a bit of chocolate. The finish is charred malt up front and leaves a short hoppy aftertaste. Decent overall. Thisis12ptfont (1199) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Deep, burnt malts and roasted coffee aroma. Deep blackish brown appearance with a massive foam top. Off the bat, way too carbonated. Aside from that, its got some dark molassess, caramel and coffee in the back. Overall, this is way too carbonated to even enjoy. I’m suprised the bottle didnt burst from the pressure. C rating. HughConway (831) - Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Bomber Bottle. Pours black, tan head. Malt and peanut butter aroma. Taste of malt. Really no hops I can discern, more like a schwarzbier or a porter than a "Black IPA" User134089 (1644) - - MAR 30, 2012
Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass. Lots of head, maybe four or five fingers. Color was basically black. Light brown cloudy lacing. Lots of film on the sides, brown, wet and sporadic.
An interesting mix on the nose of citrus hops (more lemon or lime than anything else) and dark chocolate malts. A bit of a toffee/caramel sniff as well. Maybe even a bit of mint in there, too, or just some wishful thinking?
Tasted fairly similar to the nose, although not as much citrus hops (still lemon or lime). A lot more stouty and coffee than dark chocolate. Still got that mint taste as well.
Full body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Smooth finish.
A better beer overall than I anticipated. A couple of my ratings could have gone either way, but all in all it was a decent beer.