Theydon_Bois (7948) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at Bruce’s pad, big thanks to Leighton for this CDA monster, 12/05/14.
Black with a good sized tan covering.
Nose is roast malt, pine, blackcurrant, light ash, tarte dark berry fruits, light smoke, coconut rub, subtle whisky presence.
Taste comprises dark malts, bitter grapefruit, cocoa powder, spice, light booze, burnt notes, subtle BA whisky.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with a lick of warming alcohol.
Solid BA CDA, all kept in check well.
madmitch76 (14507) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12th May 2014
Tasting at Bruce’s pad. Thanks to Leighton. Opaque dark brown - black beer. Tidy pale tan head. Palate is airy and light with fine carbonation. Smooth dark malt, little tangy. Mild spice and bourbon soaked dark fruits. Airy.semi dry finish. Nice beer but DPA character is a bit lost.
Leighton (10542) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared in London - picked up at a convenience store in Solana Beach. Pours deep brown with a frothy, tan head. The nose has a lot of torched brown sugar, some cocoa, burnt toffee, burnt honey. Medium to big sweet flavor with lots of burnt honey, burnt toast, earth, some grainy chocolate. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warming finish, with lots of toasty toffee, more burnt honey, torched wood, earth, dark chocolate. Delicious. Great depth. More impressed with this than I thought I would be. Excellent.
Scopey (6321) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2014 Bottle thanks to Leighton. It pours near black with a small tan head. The nose is fresh, vanilla, toffee, candied peel, sherbet, fruit cake, vanilla, coconut, toasty and coconut milk. The taste is rich, sharp, roasted malt, toast, alcohol hit, boozy fruits, roasted malt, rocky road, toffee and dirt with a dry finish. Full body and fine carbonation. Pretty ballsy stuff. Not bad, but a definitely a sipper.
daleharshman (888) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml corked and caged bottle purchased at the brewery 1.5 years ago ($18.00). Pours almost completely black with the lightest brown around the edges. Like the Highland version of this, the cork opened without a pop which resulted in only a half finger of dark tan foam. AROMA of big earthy and lightly peaty Scotch, roasty malts, dark caramel, marshmallows, booze, and cocoa powder. FLAVOR of very dark and high cacao content artisan chocolate, big Scotch notes (but not especially boozy), vanilla bean, molasses, sweet coffee, Finishes lightly sweet and lightly boozy, but with no bitterness. Like the Highland version, this has taken on a character very different from the original 15th Anniversary beer. As such, it should probably be classified as an American Strong Ale since there is really no hop presence left to continue calling it a Black IPA. Still an enjoyable version and hopefully signs that Stone’s BA program is progressing from its humble beginnings. (41, 845)
BOLTZ7555 (2780) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle sampled @ Dak’s Black Friday tasting. Dark mahogany pour with onyx at its core and a fluffy latte head. Candied citrus, dark malt, peat, whiskey, wood, evergreen, and alcohol. Interesting but not quite sure that all of the flavors meld. Still glad I had a chance to try it...
5000 (6211) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Black, thin foamy beige head, nice lacing.   Sweet strong whiskey tainted roasted malt nose.   Smooth on the tongue, roasty, sweet, very soft whiskey.   A bit chewy, clean, hides the 11.5% well.   As it warms the Whiskey becomes more noticeable.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   Moderately bitter finish, roasty, with a fairly assertive Scotch presence.   Not terribly bright as others, but smooth and well balanced, plus with a bit of a Whiskey tinge.   Good stuff!
want1DIPA (215) - - OCT 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour a few months back. Self-Righteous is my all-time fav so drinking this was difficult at first because I thought it would screw my palate up in regards to the standard Stone black IPA. This one has a good bourbon flavor to it that pairs well with the slightly spicy black malts.
Blairgus (2567) - California, USA - SEP 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
29 sept 2013, bottle. Dark brown/black. Nose is superb! Super sweet barrel aged, milk chocolate, slightly meaty. Thin body and mildly fizzy. Wow, BIG licorice, sugary, molasses. Wow!
alexsdad06 (5342) - Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by b3shine (Sept. 2012). Pours a purple tinted dark brown to black color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have dark malts, some roast, barrel notes, some peaty whiskey character, vanilla and wood. interesting to taste this side by side with the Highland.