aveclaudenum (31) - California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours pitch black with a beautiful brown head. Aroma of grapes and citrus. Comes in smooth and leaves with a hard kick of alcohol. Incredible beer. Stone once again can do no wrong.
jzzbassman (1466) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - AUG 28, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep almost-black with a tan bubbly head that fades with dripping lace. Aroma of caramelized sugar, alcohol, chocolate, and wood. Flavor is huge, piney hops against heavy roast character , but the resinous hops make sure you know this is definitely an IPA and not a hoppy stout. Despite the alcohol burn, ridiculously easy to drink. Masterpiece of a beer!
SSSteve (3661) - - AUG 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. black with large, creamy brown head. purple grape and mandarin orange aroma. the body is full and somewhat creamy. warming finish from the alcohol. the flavors are mostly big juicy hops. lots of citrusy orange hop resins and the dark malt must add a grapey note. the dark malts are not very noticeable through the big bad hop addition. little peppery in the finish.
jercraigs (7324) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011-08-19. Black with a nice tan head and lace. 4+ Flavour is fairly intense, lots of hops, green leafy hop character, and a fair bit of bitterness along with it. Mild dark malt core, modest alcohol is noticeable but restrained considering how strong it is. Lots of green hops in the aroma as well, mild notes of alcohol. Average to medium bodied palate. Simple, but quite flavourful. On tap Coles, Buffalo
Sledutah (4109) - Utah, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle shared by doug, thanks
Appearance: Black with a big tan head and good lacing
Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate and peppers
Taste: Roasted malts, peppers, chocolate with a pine resin finish
lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
stout like color with a thick tan head. very rich malty and piney aroma. Very resinous and grassy hop flavor with a nice malty backing to it. alcohol present on the finish with a nice lingering hop bitterness. Quite tasty.
Zeswaft (1342) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick and black with a dark bown head. Aroma is moderately hoppy. Some pine. Somewhat subdued for a double ipa. Flavor is monstrous. Big pine hops. Lots of stouty chocolate flavors. I’d classify this more of a really hoppy imperial stout. Very stout. Everything in balance but over the top everywhere.
JoeTheYounger (1125) - Claremont, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Stone. Dark black pour with very nice tan head. Very citrus and bitter with a nice mild roast finish. Not as intense on tap with more roastiness than bottle. Great brew.
poisoneddwarf (1616) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - AUG 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours imperial stout opaque black with a medium tan head with decent retention and lace. Aroma is roasty pine trees, raisins. Taste is definitely the best black IPA I’ve ever had. It combines the best of both worlds--the nice roasted flavor of a great stout with the piney flavor of the IPA all rolled into one. Too many times with this style it leans one way or the other. This is perfectly balanced. Big body with medium carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Very good.
nwiseman (192) - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Black Sparrow. Pours black with a dark tan head (friend though it was an imperial stout). Floral aroma with bright fruits. Taste of sweet pineapple, dark chocolate, warm malt, and slight hop bitterness. Good carbonation, but silky, with a warm, slightly bitter finish. I thought I would taste more hops, but this was better than anything I was expecting.