foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Dutch’s. Black IPAs can be very hit or miss but this one from Stone is certainly one of the better examples out there at the moment. Appearance is opaque black, almost as dark as a stout. Smells like one might expect with a significant hop profile and moderate roasted malts. The taste is like a very smooth but very hoppy stout with the best of both worlds. Easy to drink but complex. Alcohol is well balanced. Overall another fine anniversary offering from Stone.
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The appearance is a dark black color with a brown head. The aroma is full of coffee and vanilla notes that is balanced by the hops. The taste is very similar to the nose. It has bitter notes, but it is tough to tell whether it is from the hops or the coffee taste. I know its from the hops but I mean this beer is dark and the malt is almost overwhelming.
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2011
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
Very dark espresso with brown head. Pine and citrus in nose, but, what’s this?...Bacon? Garlic? Yeah....pretty sure this isn’t supposed to be a rauch black IPA... Medium body, good carbonation. I’m not really sure what defect could lead to these flavors, but I don’t like it. drain pour.
nwiseman (202) - Norwich, Connecticut, 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.
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. Pour is viscous and completely opaque; nice thick and frothy brown head. Aroma is hop-first, pine and subtle citrus, eventually the malt flavors make their way through with mocha and some burnt notes. Flavor is predominately sweet with roasted malt, chocolate, but with lots of resinous hops to offset. Very sticky with a slight lingering bitterness. Alcohol taste is all but absent but its presence is certainly felt.
BigSound (196) - New York, USA - MAR 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From notes. Pours dark and thick, strait up black with two fingers of light mocha head that hangs around for about 3 minutes and leaves great lacing.
Nose hits me with fruit, pineapple, chocolate, and a little coffee.
First sip I am hit by alcohol, I get some dark fruit, lots of coffee, chocolate, and a slightly hoppy finish.
Mouthfeel is really smooth, a little more alcohol presents than id expect from a 10.8% ABV brew, medium carbonation, it has a pretty big body, the head was super frothy and one of my favorite parts of the brew, it reminded me of something served on nitro-tap.
teamsale (193) - Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours black with a thin brown head and good lacing. Aroma is of coffee, burnt toast, and grain. Taste is similar to aroma but also has a strong alcohol flavor along with unsweetened chocolate. Bitterness level is mild to medium.
Keg_Juggler (193) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured into pint glass...jet black color with magnificent billowy cream head, relentless attack of resin, floral and citrus hops which overwhelms the chocolate, caramel and coffee and malt profile, alcohol well hidden, a hop bomb for sure and a beautiful one at that
gvmdw7 (188) - California, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured exactly like a stout; black like coffee and a brown creamy head. Smells piney and has a few hints of chocolate. Tastes exceptionally well balanced. The hops aren’t overpowering and you can taste the black patent malt. It has more body than most black ipa’s and it’s one of my favorites already
tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was nice. Looked like a stout, felt like a stout, and had some nice stout-type notes. Overall, the hops were just too much for me in the end. I almost really enjoyed an IPA. Almost.