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B2 Bomber | Bridge Road Brewers

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Bridge Road Brewers

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Black Belgian IPA

Added by mulder1010 on 09-08-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black ruby with a large tan head.
Nose shows cocoa, roasted malt, piney hops and a tangy citrus character.
Big roasty flavours up front, with lots of espresso, before transistioning to that tangy citrus and light fruit. Soft alcohol also shows.
Pretty high carbonation.
That acidic, tangy, citric character is obviously out of place, but otherwise good stuff.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bridge Roads B2 Bomber Black Belgian IPA 750 ML
5th Anniversary Ale

Poured into a Great Divide Globe glass

A-- Poured dark reddish black, just a little bit of red tints on the bottom of the glass, otherwise black. One finger mocha colored head. Head retained its shape very well and very good head retention. Just bits of lacing streaks or circles on the sides of the glass. Good label of Ned Kelly as well

S-- Chocolate, coco powder, candied lemon, orange and grapefruit. Decent amount of hop bitterness in the smell. Well balanced smell with the chocolate and the citrus.

T-- Lots of chocolate, coco powder, and roasted malts. Not a real aggressive hop punch but more of death by chocolate. A little bit chewy in the first few sips. As it warms up the hops open up more and are much more assertive in the taste.

M-- Medium carbonation and a full bodied beer. Hops come out more in the mouth, grapefruit and lemon and a little bit of a pine finish. Good balance between chocolate and the hops in this. Dry finish.

D-- Limited, only about 600 made, and pricey, over $30 out here so it hurts drinkability. Still, it is well balanced and a very different Belgian IPA. Very creative and well done effort. ABV is well hidden and only about 3/4ths through I felt the 8.5 ABV. Best effort to date from Bridge Roads.

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Photo of FlyingWombat
4.77/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from keg into a Growler from beer shop, Slowbeer (Hawthorn VIC).

Poured from growler into a glass.

A - Poured a beautiful dark colour, with an excellent big espresso-coloured head, which retained very nicely after settling down to a solid centimeter.

S - The aroma was gorgeous and yelled "good beer!", especially due to the hop presences in such a dark beer, combined with lovely roasted malts, some cocoa, coffee and plenty of fruity notes.

T - Very deep and complex taste, with chocolate, roasted malts, plenty of dark fruity characters and hops on the finish.

M-- Full body with medium carbonation, this beer just feels right in the mouth! Nice long dry finish without being harsh.

D - Very drinkable! I went through it far too quickly and still wanted more. The 8.5% abv is fantastically balanced, warming but hardly noticeable in the taste. It is true to "style", providing a solid combination of Black Belgian and IPA. Definitely a beer to savour and ponder over as you drink. A very unique drinking experience in the Australian craft beer scene.

The growler fill was actually a bargain, only $(Aus)25 for 2L. But I actually enjoyed it so much that I also went back to the shop and paid $30 for a 750ml bottle, which I might cellar for a while to see how it performs over time.

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Photo of vancurly
2.6/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Gee, I hate to go against the common opinion of this beer, but I had real difficulty with this.

Shared it with a dark beer enthusiast, and we found it to be confused, harsh, and somewhat at odds with the "Belgian Black IPA" moniker. More like a phenolic strong porter or foreign export stout.


a) Big, big tan head, course, varied bubbles in the foam. Dense black with garnet/brown highlights.

s) Waxy, roasty, phenolic. Some meaty, fleshy yeastiness.

t) Ashen & charry notes dominate. Some subtle spicy elements, but too 'burnt' for mine. Late green vegetable note (celery?) and something pharmaceutical like aspirin.

m) Astringent and hot. Unpleasant.

d) Difficult to drink.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a red tinge when held up to the light. Head is very generous, beautifully dense and tightly packed with great retention. Large bubbles on the side and some nice lacing left behind. Yeah, looks great.

Smells quite roasty and dark. Fairly sour with nice burnt characters, touch of charcoal to it. Yeah, chocolatey, hints of some phenols on there as well, slightly herbal but not a huge amount to it. Mostly just a dark choco-nutty note. Decent, but I'm a bit nonplussed about it for all the hype around the experimental style.

Taste is far more what I was expecting as far as interest goes. Fair amount of roastiness on the front with chocolate notes that descends into a fresh hoppy note with grass, herbal characters and some really lovely medicinal phenols (not often you'll hear those words in conjunction from me). Starts off slowly, but the roastiness is nicely balanced and cleansed by an almost tangy hoppiness midway. It's not a mind-blowing beer, or at least not as much as I thought it would be, but a pleasant, well-balanced brew.

Smooth, with lots of texture, not too dry on the back. Damn nice body. If this beer were a woman...

Could really see drinking a lot of this. I think Mr. Kraus and team could well handle something even more super-extra bizarre (yet to try the braggot, incidentally), which I was almost expecting this to be. Instead I'm pleasantly surprised to be sipping a pleasant, well-constructed drinking beer instead.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served to me blind by @laituegonflable.

Deep brown colour, almost black, but with enough lightness to keep it from opacity. Head is fine and light brown-coloured, giving a creamy top to the beer, and leaving some exquisite lacing. Really looks excellent. Certainly, it has the appearance of a beer I'd love to drink.

Nose is roasted and quite bitter, with huge burnt chocolate and grain characters. Coffee, however, is the dominant theme, and it gives a rich espresso brutality to the aroma. There's a hint of burnt toast to it, giving a more stagnant, and more traditional dark ale note, but the coffee knows its place and keeps it.

Smooth on the palate, and incredibly round and soft, leaving the flavours of coffee without any hint of astringent bitterness. Back is roasted, but subtle and smooth, and the finish is quite dry; there's certainly not a lot of sweetness, but it all works. It has enough body to support the roasted and rich characters. Not a lot of hops to it, but otherwise very delicious. Feel is smooth, but slightly frothy. Very pleasant indeed.

This is a lovely beer. Quite truly. It has the round body and smoothness to make it supple and drinkable, but the roasted richness and sharp bitterness to make it interesting. So well balanced and exceptionally drinkable.

Tried again 4/11/2011, with an aged bottle:

Pours a deep black-brown, with a rather crunchy and incredibly deep brown. Lacing is firmly patterned, leaving inscribed Hebrew characters on the inside of my glass. Or what looks like Hebrew characters anyway. Decently thick body. It looks pretty damn good.

Nose is excellent. It's a wonderful blend of nutty malt characters, deeper, sweeter chocolate and a wonderful flourish of fresh, floral hop characters. It's a beautiful mix, and wonderfully balanced. The hops give a slight brightness and freshness to the nose, but the main character is lovely deep, rich dark characters. It's gorgeous.

Taste carries this on perfectly, with a bit of an uptilt to the darker, roastier characters. A slightly lighter body fills in the character that the hops gave on the nose, giving a freshness and drinkability. Feel is light, but it fits very pleasantly.

This is a really lovely brew, and having it down the line has let it
mature and amalgamate a bit more. Fresh, I expected a big, hoppy Black IPA, but later, this has turned into a gorgeously deep dark beer, with a bright crispness from the residual hops. I'm so glad I got to try it at both ages.

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Photo of headlessclown
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into snifter glass

A: I have to comment on the bottle. It's almost an anti-Champagne in its blackness. Brilliant label, too. The beer itself pours a very dark brown close to black, with a light brown head. Retention is reasonable.

S: Roasted malts/coffee. Dark chocolate. A good smell for a dark beer.

T: I'm getting porter. I'm not getting any Belgian yeast characteristics and unfortunately I'm not getting much of the hops that I'd expect from an IPA either. I've heard reports of the bottled version displaying the hop character more prominently than the kegged version, but to my mind they are similar so I'm not sure what I'm missing here. Roasted malts are evident and the back end is bitter. Good but a tad disappointing in terms of what it promised.

M: Medium body and moderate carbonation. A faint and not unwelcome alcohol burn too.

D: I don't know if I'd call it a Black Belgian IPA - the black part dominates over the Belgian and IPA characteristics - but it's still a good beer. The main issue is the price point. At $30 for a 750mL bottle (is this the first craft beer I've had that's actually cheaper on tap?), it's hard to justify a repeat buy over even the imported craft beers.

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Photo of ADZA
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew definately comes across as being hard to catergorize as it is a style that is all on its own and becoming very popular with some brewers as it says on the label it is a Black Belgian IPA and the fact that this is brewed by an Australian microbrewery it really gives me confidence of where we are heading,it pours a jet black cola hue with a feint cherry tinge and has really nice carbonation that leaves behind a frothy three finger cappicino laced head and heaps of clingy lacing everywhere it really does look the part,the smell is very stout like with aromas of dark expresso,mocha,yeasty bread and fruity hops,it has a medium bodied mouthfeel which is very carbonated but still allows the flavours of dark expresso,mocha,dark belgian chocolate and roasty malts to coat the palette and is finished with a nice twist of fruity belgian yeasts and bitter hops,overall i really gotta take my hat off to this brewery they took a shot at a big brew and they succeeded as i really dont have too much wrong to say about this fine brew and my only gripe is that its a one off brew and eventually it wont be around anymore but in saying that at least this Australian Microbrewery understands the concept of doing a nice once off limited big brew and i hope they do more or at least introduce this brew to their regular lineup as it really is one of BRB's best beers i have personally tasted and just hope there is some bottles left.

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Photo of shambeano
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

shared with some friends, and poured into a tulip.
A- pours a jet black with about 2 inches of fluffy white head, that very slowly subsides, leaving a lot of lacing. looks very good.

S- Lots of dark chocolate and roasted coffee upfront. touch of hop in the backround, smells good, but a little one dimensional.

T- a fair chunk of that same roastiness upfront, bitter dark chocolate, followed by some coffee. very slight yeastiness, almost soy like. on warming up some bittering hops come through at the end, just rounding it all out, taste is very nice. was expecting a little more hops, but still it is very nice.

M- pretty light bodied, but with a fair bit of carbonation happening, the raosty slightly hopped bitter finish stays on the back of the tongue for quite some time. very nice length.

D- this one is pretty damn drinkable, light, and with the alcohol very well hidden. almost wish i hadnt shared it, but at 8.5% its probably good that i did seeing as i want to try a couple of beers tonight.

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Photo of brendan13
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Virtually black with a 3cm dark beige head that hangs around & leaves a fair bit of lace.
S - Roasty chocolate notes initally with some fruity hop character as it warms.
T - Not unlike the smell; roasted maltiness with a plethora of tropical fruity hop character.
M - Medium to full bodied with plenty of bitterness from both the dark malt and hops.
D - Another top beer from Bridge Road. Not something to drink back to back but well worth seeking out.
An experimental style that is still emerging is good to see from an Australian craft brewer.

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Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a thing of beauty!

Shared bottle with @TheCraftyPint @The WobblyThong & @jayelde at Cookie in Melbourne.

Poured light tan, very expansive, heady. Nice dark coloring. Seductive.

Smelled of syrupy grape. Touch of hops, bit of yeasty funk.

Tasted fantastic! Rich coffee overtones balanced by a subtle tropical fruit hoppiness - like a rich, black saison paired with fruit cocktail & iced coffee. Exceedingly drinkable.

Best beer I've had in awhile & best Australian #craftbeer I've had yet. Wish there were more around so I could bring one home with me.

**edit** Found a bottle at Purvis Beer - They had 3 more. Taking it home to share with my friends.

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Photo of dgilks
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly roasty aroma. Mild tropical fruit hops. No real esters. This beer has potential but lacks focus.

Hazy, dark black colour with a small, tan head. Nice lacing.

Moderate bitterness. Tropical fruit hop character. Roast. No real Belgian character. It's unfortunate that this Black Belgian IPA lacks focus and appears to be a touch messy. It has the components here but seems more like a hoppy American porter than what it wants to be.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

This is an interesting idea but lacks quality execution. It could be better.

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Photo of drink1121
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours an almost black with a nice fluffy tan head into about a 10 oz. glass.
S-Roasted malt, coffee hit you straight away with some nice earthy hops at the end.
T-Roasted malt dominate this beer. Coffee and caramel follow tih earthy hops behind.
M- Great creaminess with that feel that I love.
D- Very drinkable, the only beer I went back to all night. I really enjoyed this beer. Not as much hops overall and more eathy than the fruity one I normally see in American versions of this style, but compare to all other beers I have had is Aus, this one blows them away.

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B2 Bomber from Bridge Road Brewers
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 14 ratings
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