obguthr (3318) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Deliciously strong aroma of grapefruit peel and pine. Rosehips also present. My God, there are some hops in there! Clear brown, medium tan head, good lacing. Grapefruit peel, pine, soil, tangerine, and light chocolate flavor. Subtle chocolate and pine needle finish. Exquisite! Medium body, alcohol not noticeable. This is an exceptional beer and nearly perfect in every way. I can not bring myself to say this, but this is better than Stone’s Sublimely Self-Righteous! Stone is the undisputed King of IDAs! Please continue making this beer.
rumproasts (1845) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Brown with one finger head. Malty brown ale with big tasty hops. Lots of citrus especially. Very delicious meld of flavors.
Beergeek23322 (1736) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
1/25/2012. From bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aromas of dark roasted malt, resin, citrus, caramel. Caramel flavors with malt showing through, nice hoppy finish.
jeremugohio (85) - springboro, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 bottle. Pours dark brown. Carmal malt and chocolate notes. Very malty nice finish.
BOLTZ7555 (2603) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear mahogany pour with a tightly packed khaki head. Candied citrus, orange peel, honey-baked biscuit, resinous pine, and caramel malt. Nothing was terribly aggressive here. Balanced and drinkable but not awe-inspiring or memorable.
kevinator (563) - The Colony, Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was OK and definitely had the Stone stamp on it. Hoppy aroma that leaned toward piney. Dark brown color with a medium and quickly dissipating head. Medium body and good carbonation. This reminded me of a brown ale mixed with an IPA, which may be what they were going for. Some roasted malts in the background but not enough in my opinion. Nice bitterness that needed a little more balance. Good but Stone puts out much better.
madmitch76 (12248) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
9th January 2013
Opaque dark brown beer, thick pale tan head. Palate is light and semi soft with mild fine carbonation. Softish malt, not sweet. A little malt cream. Decent piney hops, touch of mint. Finishes soft and semi dry and somewhat wishy washy! Mild bitter linger. Okay, lack a bit of cohesiveness.
JulienHuxley (2161) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JUN 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown pour with thin white head, light lacing. Aroma of molasses, quite potent, peppery hops, hops are rather timid. Flavor is sweet, molasses and roasty, bitter finish. Thick palate, med carbonation.
indigentone (10) - Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle purchased somewhere in CO. Poured cloudy with a thick creamy head. Opaque redidh brown. Much more brown than black. Very light lacing. Aroma was strong grapefruit with light pine and a surprising dark fruit maltiness. The flavor was similar to the aroma with a bit sweetness followed by long lasting medium bitterness. Marvelous mouthfeel. Feels bigger than it is.
Ferris (1310) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - Alcohol, dark fruit and tons of grapefruit hops. Almost opaque brown and a thick thin brown head. Flavor is complex with brown sugar, grapefruit hops and more dark fruits. Medium body, with a sublime mouth feel. Maybe a bit rich for a Black IPA, but pretty good.
PhillyCraft (2595) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Capones, hazy golden brown shade with light to medium head, pretty good lacing. Aromas/taste of butter, floral hops, woody pine, grapefruit, and oats. Nice blend of hops and malt in this one. Finishes slightly sweet but mostly dry. Very hoppy brown ipa. Whatever alchemist brought to the table, worked. Thanks guys!