jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow this beer is black! Pours a dark motor oil opaque black with a small coffee colored head that died down to a thin layer with lacing.
Smells is very unique. Lots of good citrusy/piney hops but also a lot of roasted coffee as well. Very well balanced.
As far as tatse, thereís the black again. Good citrus hops notes at the front, but in no time the roasted coffee flavor takes over finishing with a very rich coffee flavor and a little dry.
Mouthfeel is pretty heavy, but not as much as expected for the color. Carbonation level is lower than average.
Donít like it as much as the 14th, but another good annual from Stone. Iíve got a few of these and Iím looking forward to seeing how it ages.
Lorenasa (159) - Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Fresh 22 oz bottle purchase at the brewery. The aroma is of hops. The tast is of chocolate and coffee bu is overpowered by grapefruity hops. Extreme bitterness ruins what coul have been a good beer.
omegamike (152) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with rapidly dissipating tan head. Aromas of apple, butter, some citrus aroma. Flavours are initially very sweet, apples and alcohol burn shoving its nose through. A good bitterness rounds it off. Itís very nice, not an overwhelmingly íspecialí tasting beer, but awfully drinkable and tasty.
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.
someviking (132) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
beer pours as black as night with a small brown head that dissipates quickly. strong hop presence in the nose along with the typical dark malts making their way through. my oh my is this one delicious beer. alcohol hidden well amongst the strong hop and malt flavors itís no surprise stone makes this fairly new style very well considering the amazing stouts and IPAs they already are known for. superb beer. as it warms up the alcohol pokes through well.
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - SEP 17, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2011 Aroma - I get some definite chocolate and roasted coffee notes with the haunty hops following closely behind. Appearance - Ebony like a moonless night with a nice dark tan foam head. Taste - Not what I was expecting! I was thinking this would be a bigger version of the 11th/Self Righteous, but I was in for a shock. This is a full on stout when it comes to dark malt. Rich coffee and chocolate flavors up front. But wait for that awesome wave of hops at the end. Amazing. Palate - Full on assault of dark malts and piney hops weaving together. Thick and juciy. Overall - Pretty much a Russian stout with an insane hop profile. This is awesome. My favorite stone anniv. release since the 10th. Buy a few, drink one, and age the rest!
scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from Greenville Beer Exchange
A: Pours and looks like a stout...opaque pitch black color with a beautiful dark brown head. Retention is awesome
S: Wow...seriously was not expecting this. Super west coast hop profile- resinous and piney, but really bright and fresh. All this accompanied by chocolatey malt. Really impressive considering that I am not a huge black IPA guy
T: Again, big time west coast bitterness, resin, and pine. Real big. Slightly bready and chocolatey as well. I like the balance. Why so much alcohol though??? It really cuts into the flavor and drinkability- a big flaw in an otherwise worldclass beer
MF/O: pretty rough on the palate but honestly I donít mind. Strong resinous and bitter finish-palate wrecker
Notes: honestly, I thought these ratings would be a little inflated, considering Iím not a big fan of black IPAs, but this sets the benchmark for the style. Very impressive
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 íStoneí - 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, itís from Stone!