adrian910ss (2399) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Capones. Pours a dark mahogany cola with a creamy light brown head. Aroma of malt and faint hops. Taste of light pine, malt, chocolate and citrus. Alcohol detected in aftertaste.
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle poured black with a very small head. Sweet malty flavor with a lingering aftertaste.
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured almost black with a beige head. aroma of dark roast, alcohol, fruity notes, and hops. flavor of dark roast, alcohol and hops.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. - Black, light tan creamy head. Roasty pine and grilled grapefruit aromas rest on undercurrents of cola from start to finish Soft sweet roasty notes mingle with bitter citric and pine flavors throughout. Rounds with a slightly burnt aftertaste. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, bittersweet finish. Really enjoying the rise of the black IPA. This one is no exception as it turns out to be another Southern Tier winner...
GMCC2181 (1542) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from SL. Poured into a snifter, black in color not much head. Nice hoppy aroma. Taste is nice and hoppy. Malty, chocolate, lots of roasted malts but some how the hops shine through. Very interesting. Sort of like blend between DFH Indian Brown Ale and a hoppy beer. Texture is average and so is the carbonation level. Another good beer by ST. Also the alcohol is well hidden. Overall good brew.
LilBeerDoctor (3509) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small white head. Aroma of sweet citrus, cappucino coffee, and light roasted malt. Flavor is sweet initially with a roasted malt/coffee finish. More on the brown ale side than the IPA side I think, but an interesting blend. A little sweet too. But I liked it overall.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma of citrus hops, then some pine, melding into chocolate and coffee. Flavor continues to be a seamless blend of popping hops and smooth chocolate and coffee. Lingering finish is particularly piny. None of the notes of each branch of the beer is particularly striking, but together ST has really made them work.
Kinz (3410) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black. Aroma is chocolate, a bit astringent, with pine and citrus. Flavor is initially caramel and faint chocolate, moving into a hop driven finish with pine and grapefruit notes. Nice, but perhaps a touch sweet for my tastes. I wish the hops were a bit brighter in this.
Sammy (9237) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black body with a white generous head. Great C-aroma. Great taste of grapefruit with the malting making it a great complexity. Above-average moutheel. Good drinkability.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz from that douchebag Immy - sniff it! This one’s a quirky delight. Black IPA, sure, but not in the Stone 11 sense at all. Big dark pour with a 2-finger tan head and nice retention. Tangerine in the nose along with plenty hops and a modest black malt quality. Full mouthfeel. The flavor is very complex, no mere concoction of roasts and hops (which is fine, you know). There’s chocolate, orange, lemon rind, and some bitter hops in the finish. Think espresso with lemon, in a certain sense, maybe crossed with Fantome Chocolat. Nice.