bhensonb (15187) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bomber from Bruisin’ Ales. Pours dark brown with a creamish beige head. Nice hoppy aroma. Resin? Some underlying burnt malt. Med minus body. Flavor seems resin to me, but the burnt malt renders that uncertain for me. Anyway, there are two sources of bitter - hops/malt - and it finishes pretty dry and quite bitter. I’m thinking this is way underrated. Maybe it should be relabeled as a hoppy stout. :) TheOldKid (46) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2011
22 oz bottle pours to a dark brown, almost black kind of like a porter. The aroma is malty with just a hint of hops on the end. Taste is delightfully weird and strange. It has a malty lead in to the taste that reminds me of a bock or porter. The end of the taste is hops all the way, not too rough but just enough to make it an IPA. Overall this is a good beer. As far as Hybrid beers go this one seems to do it right. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Bottle: Pours a barely-transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing froth of off-white head. Has a lightly sweet toasty dark malty nose with some piny hoppiness. Starts with pretty good fullness and a light malty sweetness with good resiny hop bitterness before a drier lightly roasted bittersweet finish with a touch of dark chocolate. A pretty true to style and drinkable Black IPA. crossovert (12874) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2012
On Tap. I don’t like the style but this was a better one. It comes off more as a porter. It has a rich, harsh bitterness that is better than other black ipas that tend to focus on chocolatey malts. nearbeer (5413) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Pint on tap. Dark chocolate with a lasting creamy foam. Nose is coffee and earthy citrus zest. Flavor is caramel, citrus, coffee, cocoa and a finish with lots of resin. Medium body has low carbonation and is well balanced.
nuplastikk (6252) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2011
22oz bomber shared by CaptainCougar. Brown, thin oily head. Not bad for a Sprecher. The chocolate tones smooth out and cover up the house off flavors. Rather sessionable, not much behind the bitter chocolate and hop tones. Drinkable indeed, a go to beer from Sprecher. Dry and well executed enough, sort of one-dimensional for the style though. BeerandBlues2 (13303) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Bottle shared by CaptainCougar. Pours black with ruby highlights, a medium, creamy beige head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is average malt (roast, chocolate), heavy hops (floral, pine, spicy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of raisin and prunes. Flavor is average malt (roast, chocolate), heavy hops (floral, pine, spicy), and average esters (fruity) with notes of raisin and prunes. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a dry finish. Suttree (6385) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Black, as one might expect, with a big spongy head. Smells like pine and coffee, plus some meaty notes, too. Much more hoppy than the aroma would indicate, then some coffee. Woody, piney finish. The number 11350 was written on the bottle - bottle number? batch number? Did I win something? wlajwl (6801) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 13, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2012 Aroma is hops and a hint of chocolate/malts. The flavor is piney and resinous hops, grapefruit with an undercurrent of malts/chocolate/coffee. There was a relatively mild off-flavor that I couldn’t place; it was still a decent ale. Ratman197 (14822) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2012
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head and goodlacing. Aromas of roastiness, charcoal, grapefruit, pine and light liucorice. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of roastiness, charcoal, grapefruit and a hint of pine with a crisp dry bitter lingering roasty finish.