BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I’m always a little intrigued when a friend describes something as a "black IPA," bit usually a little on the disappointed side when I try it. Both descriptors set an expectation that is a touch contradictory; something that is hoppy-sweet and citrusy while at the same time roasty and malty. The two tastes are powerful ones, and balance between the two is frequently perceived by me as a touch boring. And RIS’s that shout about their hop content don’t usually taste hoppy to me - just too much going on to pick up the more nuanced note of bitterness, even if they dumped bushels of high-alpha hops into the mix, my tongue just can’t seem to enjoy them for everything else going on.
Wow - that is a long lead in to say that this beer is unique to say that it does this integration very well. It pulls off the balancing act without being boring; in fact it pulls it off so well it does the opposite - this beer is intriguing. It is dark and there is a dark-roasty-malt note to it, but it is also lightly sweet and citrus-y with pronounced bitterness. Both notes are there, but Stone has figured a way to make them play well together. If anything, the hops are more pronounced than the roast, which is the outcome I would’ve chosen (if given a choice). Appearance is quite pretty with a black-red body and tall white head. Aroma is as I’ve described flavor, and mouthfeel is like a solid IPA - not slick like a DIPA might be or cloying like a RIS frequently is.
All the way around - this is a heck of a beer, and I need to see if I can find some of it here in C-bus.
I bought my bottle down in KY, at Party Source in Newport.
katrinaez (581) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very heavy. Super thick and not to hoppy but very even and balanced. Fills the whole mouth and sticks. Tap and bottle
gegwilson (2103) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Rehills of Jesmond. Pours deep brown, almost black with a big lasting cream head. The aroma is sweet with pine and cocoa. The taste is big and bitter pine followed by smooth dark chocolate. Moderate spice too. Very drinkable. Sublime indeed.
Birronauta (8) - San Severino Marche, ITALY - JUN 30, 2015 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Almost perfect as Black IPA style. Black color and a little bit cloudy. Aroma is very complex, cacao and coffee and a little of fruit. Perfect balance of malts and hops. Vey creamy, blackberries, coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, grapefruit, orange, sweetnes from the caramel malt, bread, pine, roasted notes, and some citrus. Very bitter.
Creamy, oily texture. Medium body e medium carbonation.
This is real Black IPA, no compromise.
One of my favourite black ipa’s ever.
Martinus (3711) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JUN 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black colour, beige head. Aroma of cacao, red berries, quite fruity, coffee, citrus. Quite bitter flavour, coffee, citrus, hops, grapefruit, pineapple, berries. Finish coffee, straw, fruity hops. Lingering bitter. Nice.
(from 66cL bottle @ home. Thanks for the bottle, Tim!)
bennetporter (354) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 20, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a black from a bottle with a white head, good lacing. Sweet roasty smell, overly sweet flavor. Bitter finish. Okay beer.
craftbeersweden (345) - SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I got this bottle in a Stone Mixe Pack 2014 and I’ve tried it before but not reviewed it. This is my last bottle so this is the time to correct this!
The beer pours dark brow with a red tone and a two finger high beige-brown head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass! FInally the head sinks down to a 2 mm layer on top of the beer, still creamy and fluffy.
Nose: Wow! Fantastic nose! Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, cream, vanilla, orange, alcohol, toffee, butter, herbs, smoke and dried fruit.
Taste: Oh, this is so creamy and soft! Black berries, coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, grapefruit, orange, sweetnes from the caramel malt, smoke, pine, roasted notes, dark bread, citrus - a LOT of flavours here!
Body: Medium body and soft carbonation. Creamy, oily texture. Complex flavours. So rich and soft.
This is an excellent beer!
badhack (410) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 12, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Most black IPA go straight for very dark, charcoal malts. This was a refreshing IPA with a balance of dark, cola, coffee and bread crust malts which made it much more drinkable. Everything was well balanced, nothing stood out. Nice citrus hop finish. Pairs well with grilled meats, beef, pork, etc.
Ratpatrol1019 (52) - Palm desert, California, USA - JUN 9, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Jet black pour with tan head. Coffee and hop, aroma. Very well done and n aroma. Taste is very light coffe and dark malts ...obvious hop backend. Slightly dry finish a great blend of hops and dark malts.
Zakoon (238) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2015
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
650ml bottle enjoyed @ my vacation apartment. Pours very dark brown with a big and frothy beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, sweet, grapefruit and a little herbal. Flavour is medium sweet and light bitterness. Medium bodied, thick bodied, average carbonation. Finish is sweet and hoppy.
TedBell (17) - Utah, USA - MAY 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep black with a tan head. Roasted malt and piney aroma. Dark roasted malt flavors balanced by piney hops. Hoppy finish lingers on the palate. Balanced.