bseribeer (128) - Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent outing from Stone. Pours black with a dark, tan head. Strong hops aroma. Taste is strong hops, but not overpowering. Bitter, but light aftertaste. Medium build on the palate. Smooth finish. One of the best black IPAs out there. Another great style from Stone
Jacob23_5 (128) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 5, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Brewdog Edinburgh. Pours a really true black colour with a nice creamy head. The nose is very ’Stone’ - aromatic hops with a floral character.The mouth feel is nice and creamy, and the carbonation is nice and appropriate. A fair amount of sweet toffee and nice caramel flavours, with a nice whack of aniseed and liquorice. Great stuff.
BeerNeedy (126) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 27, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome aroma. Black as midnight but with a brownish short head. This is like a smoked porter with an IPA kick and aroma. I really enjoyed the combination of mellow and hop. But hey, it’s from Stone!
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Pours black with a creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.
Burnt malts, hoppy aroma, didn’t taste the 10%+ alcohol
Perfect Double Black IPA
nj_BierMaven (116) - Flemington, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour. Not the hop-forward nose I’ve come to expect from Stone, but still a good aroma. I can appreciate where others have noted a "cabbage-like" scent, but really that’s mild and it doesn’t ruin the taste. As it warms, a full malty flavor, hints of chocolate, coffee. Truly a brew to be savored over a 45-to-60 minute span. Had this immediately after a Sublimely Self Righteous Ale for comparison sake, and have to say this is enjoyable experience for the taste, palate-feel and overall artistic impression.
StormCoat (116) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up a bomber bottle at Bevmo in San Diego, CA, and poured it into a snifter. Pours a dark brown/black with a soapy tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves just a few light flecks of lacing. The aroma is full of resiny, piny hops, with a spicy hint of alcohol coming through. On drinking, the flavors introduce huge, rich coffee flavors that are backed by a dark fruit tanginess. I love the contrast between the aroma which makes me think so much of fresh hops and the flavor that I get with each sip, which reminds me of cherries covered in dark, bitter chocolate. The body seems a little over-medium, with an oily feel that coats my gums and leads to a very long, satisfying coffee aftertaste. This is a richly-flavored beer that you can take your time drinking. It’s really good; probably the best Stone beer I’ve had yet.
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a thick brown head. Aroma is hoppy with notes of caramel and malt. Tastes initially of caramel followed by lingering hops bitterness. Complex, dark, and rich. Reminds more of a hoppy stout than an IPA. 10/10/2011
kchampagne (112) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had it on tap, as well as out of the bottle. Pours pitch black with a thick dark brown head. Aroma is roasted and hoppy. The taste is floral and has slight chocolate notes. Mouthfeel is great with lingering bitterness. One of my favorites.
PackPride (112) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
I never rate beers near perfect, but this beer is as near perfection as it can get. Pours a dark rich color with a large brown head. Tastes of chocolate, oak, and hints of alcohol. Overall a terrific beer!
mandalarules (104) - Akron, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber. Aroma of dark roasted fruits, black cherry, a hint of chocolate and citrus. Appearance is espresso black with a beautiful tan frothy head. Taste is complex. Chocolate, dark fruit, hints of coffee and citrus. Hop forward and malt dry bitter finish. This is an incredible brew and has changed my palate for the better in trying new beers. Its a fine example of how far craft beer had come and how far its going to go in the future.