bobbo16 (22) - Copley, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black. Not just dark. no light passes through. Nice amber head. hops aroma and taste envelope this brew in spite of the solid maltiness. Very enjoyable. Share it with a friend or you may be done after one.
MechanicalMind (22) - Crawley, West Sussex, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. 1pint (US) 6 Fl oz. Pours thick, unctuous, like treacle, with a puffy, pillow-like mocha head, settles to a covering, and naturally leaves a ring of lacing around the outside. Aroma is pineapple, roasted coffee beans, black treacle toffee. Taste is molasses, dark chocolate bitterness, roasted malt, candied sweets, pineapple, mango, which all follow through in a massive crescendo. All bold as hell. Carbonation is tight, alcohol not especially hidden, finishes with an extremely long bitter squeeze. Particularly outside of the taste buds. Bottled in Aug 2011, so hops could be fresher with this, alcohol has perhaps taken hold a little. But itís all definitely still there. Big beer. Definitely one to snaffle up regardless of it being a hop driven style and 6 months old. Marked down a little due to age.
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.
tfratzke (20) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black as night with a nice creamy tan head. Excellent lacing and head lingers for quite a while. Smells of roasted malts and some piney hops. Taste is roasted malts with slight bitter finish. This is an excellent imperial black IPA. With as high of alcohol content as it is, it doesnít seem boozy at all. Goes down easy which could be dangerous! Excellent overall.
Climber77 (20) - SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 650 ml. Pours with a thick coffee/hazelnut colored head. Malty, fruity, toffee and a bit perfumy to the nose. The taste toffee ,coffee some burnt flavours and loads of hops. Surprisingly fresh. Best black IPA Iíve had.
jglanton (18) - Yorba Linda, CA, California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bottles from a strip mall liquor store that specializes in King Cobra, cigarettes, and porn. This was like drinking a rich double espresso with fresh creme and a piece of 100% chocolate dropped in and perfect squirt of soda fountain carbonation. I could drink that rich creamy body through a straw. Not sure why this isnít a stout. Until now, my favorite stout was Surly Darkness. Surly a little smoother, while 15th has fuller flavor and more bitter. This makes for long lasting finish. I lean towards the flavor and bitter.
herchick (16) - Akron, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours from the bottle with a brown head that invites you to take a sip. Very chocolaty, roasted coffee flavors but not as heavy as a stout. A huge hop presence makes this a great black IPA. This is one of the better BIPAís that Iíve had, as most are either one dimensional or not hopped heavily enough. This is an excellent beer from Stone.
TheBishopco (15) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Received in trade from the magnificent Meatloaf. This is the first beer to really surprise me in a very long time. Maybe because itís the first Black IPA I have had. A huge, over the top beer! Smells of hoppy goodness, citrusy and a bit dank. There is also a strong maltiness in the smell, a hint of coffee/chocolate, but it is overpowered by the hops. Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a great medium brown head. Tastes like a great DIPA should, with the surprising stout-like characteristics. This is certainly not just an overly hoppy stout. This beer offers a little bit of everything: great hops, great dark malts and chocolatiness, and overall a very enjoyable beer.
mrcoffee (13) - Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bomber. Bottled 8/11, consumed 6/14. Pours black with a medium, tan head and a thick, sticky lacing. It smells of strong roasted malts, chocolate, and piney hops. Tastes like dark chocolate with spicy, very bitter hops. Roasted up front and in the long, bitter finish.
greengoblincc (12) - Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2011
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just when you think Stone could not come out with another amazing Anniversary Beer... Stone 15th hits the market. Delicious both in bottle and draft form enough good things cannot be said about this beer. So good that all the draft in the surrounding area was drank up in nearly the opening weekend of its release. I had to travel nearly an hour to find a place who still had it....and it was worth it! Smooth, Rich in flavor, Balanced, and a Great Hop taste. 10.5% Abv you would never guess it. This beer is amazing and recommend it to any IPA lover!