j12601 (9785) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this while camping at BCTC this year. Pours a clear brown with ruby highlights and a thin beige head. Hoppy aromas, malty brewhouse, chocolate and toffee. Big chocolate and earthy malt, smooth. Light tobacco. Long slow chocolate and a hoppy bitter finish.
phaleslu (9697) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle as an extra in a trade with JCB- thanks again, Jason! Pours a dark opaque brown, basically black, with a tan head that leaves some soapy lacing in the glass. Aroma of earthy hops, dark roasted malts, dirt, pine, wood, grass, and toasted brown sugar. Flavor of earthy hops, dark roasted malts, pine resin, citrus, grass, charred wood, earthy notes, dust, dark chocolate, and just a little coffee. Finishes roasty and bitter. Medium-bodied, with average carbonation and a dirty mouthfeel. Not a typical IPA, and certainly worth a try.
sebletitje (9556) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUN 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber. dark brown, tan head.
aroma keeps a nice hoppy nose, pine followed by some citrus.
flavors, similar to the aroma, lots of nice piney hops and citrus giving a mild bitetrness. The hoppy profile is dominant and is accompanied by a subtle touch of chocolate/caramel malts. Finishes with a mild powdery cocoa nibs that is delicious.
Ibrew2or3 (8359) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber pours mahogany with ruby edges and tan head. The aroma is pine running by some roasted malts, some burnt malts, a seemingly out of place note of citrus and then smooth nearly subtle rauch maltiness. The taste is much the same with pine hops mixing with citrus hop flavor, dark roasted malts and rauch malt smokiness seeming a tad peaty. I always have wondered what a hop forward smoky beer would be like. I think the pine hops work well and the citrus may also work but seem a bit odd for some reason. After a few ounces the oddness has grown on me. It has plenty of smooth rauch and pine lingering deep into the after taste.
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to doodler. Pours with a very deep brown body and a brown head that stays. Aroma of hops, floral, honeysuckle, orange, baking flower, bread and biscuits. Flavors of chocolate, earth, biscuit, hops, flowers, bitterness, baking chocolate. Cake like in an odd way. Medium to high carbonation. Pretty tasty.
drowland (7917) - Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My 10th black IPA... glad to knock out this style! 12/8/10. Bomber. Opaque black pour, some red on the edges when held to the light, under a thick brown head that lasts with a few millimeters. Strong sour hop presence with plenty of pine, coffee, and a hint of rubbing alcohol. Malty and sweet roasty flavor that leans so much on the malty and roasty side that it lends itself to almost being a hoppy stout/impy stout. Still, quite tasty.
nimbleprop (7763) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle pours a watery, opaque black with a creamy, slightly off white head. Aroma is very hoppy, C hops, malty, a little metallic, floral, orange rind. Flavor is sweet, light chocolate, light lemon, light brown sugar, light milk chocolate. Finish is medium bodied with a touch of lasting bitterness. Nose is nice, flavor is a letdown.
PorterPounder (7612) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 22 oz bomber. Pours pitch black with a sticky mocha colored head. Fresh, fragrant aroma with some heavy spruce and a hint of mint. Flavor has heavy citrus bitter, hoppy grapefruit notes with a bit of underlying caramel and a touch of oatmeal. Mouthfeel is thick and rich and not too tongue numbing. Pretty decent overall if just a tad one-dimensional.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Poured deep brown with a stately cap of beige head. The aroma picked up toasted caramel and molasses upfront with fresh pine resin, sparkly citrus, and a hint of ashy smoke around.. spicy overall and well-presented. The flavor found a hefty dose of burnt black malt throughout, some giving off coffee and molasses character.. bitterness was bright and mostly piney.. finished with tacky black malts, a touch of smoke, and residual pine bitterness. Medium-bodied and scratchy across the palate.. a little sharp at times.. overall well-balanced with a tad too much burnt character.
bytemesis (7401) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours clear reddish black, medium tan head, good lacing. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, light pine. Flavor is medium sweet, roasty, chocolate, some pine and citrus, but more of a stout than an IPA on the nose and mouth. Light-medium body overall. A bit of an anachronism for me.