Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Originally reviewed: 10/29/11. Stopped by City Bev for some Sprecher Oktoberfest, and saw they had this new one on tap. Yes, please!
Served in a Duvel chalice. Deep dark pour with a thick finger-width head of ivory foam. Retained well, and left spotty lace behind. Big hoppy nose right away, but the more I sip this one, the more roasted it becomes. Good hefty body supports the ABV well. Carbonation presence moderate. A nice bittering piney flavor starts this one out, but it is well balanced by a semi-sweet roasted chocolate flavor. The finish is smooth with hints of baker’s chocolate. Just enough hops on the back end to keep me pleased. Very nice beer. Excellent representation of the style. coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 12, 2012
Draft. Pours very dark with a smallish light tan head. Aroma is hoppy and all over the map -- citrus, pine, floral, and a whole lot of, well, earthy dankness. Also a bit of chocolate and caramel. Flavor is all that and -- damn -- dank. Very earthy. Bitter, but very flavorful. Medium, slightly thick mouthfeel. ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours black color with a white head on it. Smell is hoppy and full of roasted malts. Taste is bitter, but pleasing enough. Not a bad beer, good one off run for these guys drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2012
A really good mixture between roastiness and hoppiness here. Molasses, roastiness, caramel don’t clash with piney and citrus hops here. Instead they meld together very nicely. They should maybe think about turning this into a seasonal or every day beer. edgallow (4211) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 27, 2012
Bomber poured into a pint glass. Black with a dark tan Head. Hoppy aroma. I expected a very hoppy taste, but it was subtle. A very good beer.
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KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Bottle. The pour was a very dark brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) dark beige frothy head that reduced some, but pretty much lasted throughout producing some good clingy lacing.
The aroma was quite hoppy (should being they used 14 kinds of hops) with citrus, floral and resin hops, a roasted chocolate malt and an earthy yeast with notes of bitter sweet chocolate, dark roasted coffee and grapefruit.
The taste was moderately bitter having a nice bitter sweet chocolate note in the beginning with the finish being extremely hoppy with strong notes of roasted coffee and dark fruit towards the end. The flavor lasted a decent amount of time proceeding the swallow leaving a nice hoppy citrus flavor to lie on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was a few shades above medium in body and creamy yet dry in texture with a nice lively carbonation.
Overall, although I did not taste 14 kinds of hops it was an intensely hoppy brew with a nice dark malty flavor.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2012
On tap at Sam’s, Durham, a while back. A Sweetwater event I think? Pretty dark brown pour, hints of garnet and a sticky sandstone head. Yet another BIPA? It’s getting to be a fairly wearisome style in a certain sense, but Sweetwater has (against expectations, I have to say) come up with a relatively distinctive offering. While the nose is sharply roasty and aggressively bitter, the taste leans more toward the floral and sweet end of things, with far less molasses than others I’ve had. Still a dark bitterness in there but this one was well balanced and not bad. wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Tasted on 12/30/11 from a 650mL bomber bottle purchased at Midtown. Pours an extremely dark molasses brown with a thick tan head that slowly recedes to thin, uneven lace, leaving thin residue along the inside of the glass. The nose is intensely bitter resin and citrus hops, with dark chocolate and roasted coffee complementing. The flavor is equally hoppy, with bitter resin and citrus, along with the roasted malty dark chocolate and coffee backing everything up. The body is medium with average, but smooth, carbonation, and a long, bitter resin and citrus hops finish with a hint of coffee. jonno (2761) - JAPAN - DEC 30, 2011
Cheers to Blazer06 for this one! Shared with a few fellow beer lovers. Solid piney citrus style IPA with a lightish body and a big bracing bitter finish. Not a huge beer for the ABV, but more than servicable. msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Bomber from Secret Santa. Pours really dark brown almost nearing black with tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, lots of pine, and some citrus. Flavors of piney hops, with roasted sweet malts, and some chocolate. Decent amount of hop bitterness, but this one is a bit overwhelmed by all the sweet malts. Decent.