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.
davidtjm (313) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at a tasting. Black pour with a caramel creamy head, aroma is strong fruity, light malty, sweet. Taste is malty, alcoholic, light sweetness with light notes of tropical fruits in the background and a bitter finish. Great stuff
Gamin (97) - - AUG 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle about three weeks after it's enjoy by date so keep that in mind. Pours a deep black with a nice head that holds for a little while. Smells mostly of hops (mostly grass) with little to no roastiness noticeable. Taste is bitter up front with a balanced hop character and a bit of roasted malt at the very end. It goes down easy and is complex and interesting. You can't really go wrong with this one. Based on this example I would not be scared off if it's a bit past its enjoy by date, especially if you can get a deal.
fishingcat (9) - Somerset, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2014 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Half pint at Brewdog Bristol. Poured deep brown, with an enormous creamy white head (it took the barman about 5 minutes to actually get the glass full of beer rather than foam). Aroma is treacle, toast and lightly hoppy. Taste is similar, and a little simplistic. Some citrus comes to the fore, but malt, coffee and treacle are more vividly present. The finish isn’t entirely clean.I suspect a lack of freshness from Brewdog’s taps is responsible for both that and the suppression of the more hop driven components of this beer. A slight disappointment, but I think the blame lies with Brewdog on this one.
Niall73 (1651) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, picked up at GBBF today. Pours a dark reddy brown/black with a nice, chunky off-white head. Aroma has some light floral stuff going on, a little candy and the malty choc and light coffee stuff is hovering in the background. Medium body, medium carbonation. Lovely orange, lemon hoppiness - some light trop fruit too with a little overripeness. Good, tasty malty flavours - light bitter choc, coffee, a hint of treacle, toast. Balance is pretty much spot on. Tasty stuff.
rolfiesb (4) - - AUG 8, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
my favorite black ipa. crisp and smooth. just the right amount of hops and fruit within. this is a winner from stone and one should def. give this a chance.
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Sevenlee (1294) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a beige head. Aroma is malt, roastiness, fruit, citrus, grass and hops. Taste is medium sweet leading to a fruit, roasty and hoppy finish. Damn good!
yiannnos (846) - , CYPRUS - JUL 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Black colour. Floral hop aroma. Bittersweet chocolate. Bitter finish.
BrewTom (244) - - JUL 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at BrewDog Cardiff. Sweet & bitter in a glass. An immensely dark beer with enough sweetness to make sure you don't fall into hell. Caramel coffee with slap on the face hops. Oooohhhh!
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Defreni (2600) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fad: Taster på Stone Brewpub. Brunsort klar øl. Duft af amerikansk humle. Fin lille øl men lider af det samme problem alle Black IPA har for mig. En blanding der ikke skulle være foretaget. Ellers meget vellavet øl.
c_lee_burton (56) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another delicious Stone offering. Great combo of smoke, coffee, hops, citrus, carbonation, and cherry. Wonderful year round brew that’s hearty enough for Winter, yet smooth and crisp enough for Summer.