17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a solid 4 beer if not higher. Such a big bright pine aroma, not too green, bit of alcohol, well more than a bit, some light roast, well balanced big beer. Balanced chocolate and espresso, lots of pine and resin, thats really it... big flavors in balance, some abrasive alcohol though. Medium body with tight fizzy carbonation.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber thanks to 17thfloor. Pours nearly black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is super fresh hops, very piney and citric, awesome hop presence. Just so fresh on the hops, lightly citric, floral and herbal. Flavor is supremely balanced, lots of roast along with such a great hop citric and pine presence. Very good
can8ianben (1387) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Surprisingly I thought this would be all about the hops, but it was actually a really dark and roasty beer. Hops were there to be sure, but Iíd almost call this an imperial stout, not a black IPA. Dark black beer with a brown head, lots of hop aroma and a faint bitterness. Plenty of smoke and roasted flavor.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Starts with tropical fruity hop notes on the nose, moves to dark chocolate and roast, followed with floral, danky, and piney notes. Pours more or less black with a tan head. The flavor is chocolatey and roasty up front followed by soft fruity hops, more floral bitterness, a good deal of herbal notes and dank, as well as more dark roast. Big full body - leans more toward hoppy stout than black IPA in my opinion, but solid nonetheless. Some alcohol shows up in the finish. Solid.
danbierman (20) - California, USA - AUG 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours jet black with a finger of mocha colored head. Smells of hops, chocolate, and roasted malts. Big nose. Tastes of a perfect balance between the hops and the roasted malts. Chocolate flavors linger in the background. Medium bodied with a slightly bitter finish, very "chewy". Overall a very well done Black IPA, not much of a Stone fan, but this beer is very well done.
vyvvy (4557) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 31, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark brown with dense dark tan head. The aroma has lots of smooth roasty malt, chocolate, tropical fruit, green onion, hop funk and bits of grapefruit. Medium / full body with a bit of light semi-sharp carbonation at the end. Starts with more bitterness to the roasty malt than on the aroma. The hoppiness has more grapefruit zest and pine traits than on the aroma. There is some of the tropical fruit and funk that is still there. All of the flavors are very bold, but nothing overpowers; it is quite well balanced. On the finish there is a bit of alcohol heat, but it is a pleasing taste blended with the other flavors. A really nice Anniversary beer from Stone. The brewery that made a lot of its reputation from the use of hops once again makes a delicious hop forward beer,.
drewbeerme (3895) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with creamy tan head. A big hoppy and dark chocolate aroma, resin, pine, tropical fruit, while a nice roasty, dark chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon malt base brings in further complexity. Really great aroma. Flavors continue with big hop profile and a matching dark chocolate malt backing, nice juicy resiny, piney, and grapefruity hops all around a huge dark chocolate bar with coffee, vanilla, and a ancho pepper kick to it. Huge bitterness in this one. Big body, good amount of booze and bitterness adds depth nicely on the finish but some sips itís more of a burn. Really reminds me of batch 1 Darkness although this is clearly more bitter. Excellent hop profile and and an even more impressive malt complexity. Lots of delicious depth. Easily the best black iipa Iíve had (sorta redeeming the style for me as of late), and a true one, great dark malt flavor but huge hop flavor and ibus. A huge surprising home run from Stone.
Strykzone (5375) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at an esbls tadting. Black pour! Smallish tan head. Cocoa aroma is subtle. Chocolate flavor, onions (!), espresso, This is almost very very good but it falls short because of the hop selection.
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours near-black with the deepest brown head Iíve ever seen a beer, and quite foamy as well. Nose is enormously potent, dominated by bitter hops and supercharged sour fruit, with a touch of coffee and dare I say bubblegum. Flavor is all business; the front is tame but the backside is strong and multi-layered. Very bitter (who didnít see that coming) and has a burned (but not bad) quality. Finish is intense and lingering with a more tenacious bitterness than any other IPA Iíve had before. Iím more into a more standard IPA/DIPA but this is an experience worth having.
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle with Carla. Pours a thick opaque black with frothy deep brown foam. Smells sweet and hippy. Tastes initially hippy with hints of chocolate and coffee.