ajnepple (1995) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle poured into my FCB pint glass. Pours black with a huge tan head and sticky lacing. Roasted malt aroma, spruce, citrus hops, wood and cocoa. Pretty full body with a smooth and silky feel. The flavor starts out roasted and is balanced by a pine and citrus hop finish that lingers. Medium hop bitterness and pretty easy to drink for 10%. Almost stout-like, a very nice offering from FCB.
argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Medium tan head atop cola-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, grapefruit, light vinous. Taste is moderately sweet, cocoa, grapefruit, light chocolate syrup. Medium-full body, some resin, stickiness.
Dodgrblu (584) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle from BevMo; medium head, smooth palate the roastiness and bitterness tend to battle each other; better as it warms.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the rackhouse pub I was excited because I love ipa’s and have never even heard of this beer. Guess what color it was? It had a dark-coffee colored head and looked like an imperial stout. The smell was nicely hopped but malty, ooh. The flavor was just plain good. It bounced back and forth between a citrus flavor from the hops to a good, almost imperial stout-like maltiness. I am usually never impressed by "black IPA" beers but this as well as Stone Sublimely self-righteous manage to let the hops shine. Most "black IPA" beers i’ve had are like hopped up porters and not IPA’s.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 08-07-2010 20:55:08
decaturstevo (4851) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with off white head and clinging lace. Aroma is light burnt coffee, malt, and light resiny hops. Sweet maltiness, cough syrup, burnt coffee, and a decent resiny bitter. Medium body with good carbonation. not bad
sloth (2443) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large tan head, good retention and lace. Mostly black in color but a touch of ruby edging. Piney, woodsy nose, faint citrus and a hint of alkyhol. Med/full body, chewy and a bit oily, resiny. Hops dominate, pine and citrus focused, grapefruity and leafy with buried caramel malts and roast. A big azz brew that gets bigger as it warms. Finish is long, roasty and bitter. I,m buzzed! Props to stumpyiliz for the bomber!
freeofthoughts (646) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - OCT 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours blackish with off white head. The aroma is nice and sweet with the hops and grain being bright and floral with obvious roasted qualities. The taste is moderately roasted with some light fruity yeasty elements working with a very fruity hop back. There is a nice burnt caramelized sugary grain and the alc is not to much. Very appealing overall, well done for a stronger brew by style.
BMMillsy (1253) - Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2012 An excellent black IPA. Has all of the characteristics of an IPA, but pours black. Not much black ale character, but very heavy hops here. Pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
unclemattie (4116) - Georgia, USA - SEP 23, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Black pour. Light brown foam. Aroma is very chocolatey. Large amounts of chocolate in the nose alongside some pine hops. Tastes like a heavy hopped chocolate beer. Very nice chocolate malt, resiny hops, mellow pine. Creamy textured, well balanced, ABV well hidden. Better than the Belgian-style IPA; Excited to try some others.
AirForceHops (2939) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 21, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
opaque black. Thin off white head, kind of soapy. Chocolate malt, piney hops. Taste is a lot of bitter pine all in my mouth. Body and texture is thin. My first glass was better than the second. Slightly below average.