tfratzke (43) - 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 doesn’t seem boozy at all. Goes down easy which could be dangerous! Excellent overall.
AverageMan (40) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
In the past I enjoyed many of Stones offerings. For me Stones has stumbled a bit Belgo Old Guardian a medicinal nightmare, Emperial IPA (14th Anni) a bit of a practical joke. In short I was in fear of Stones falling. Stones 15th was a step back towards a true path. This beer has set a little as I found it a bit rough in early September. This beer was served in a Imperial Pint glass.
Ar- A mixture of darkly roasted nearly cocoa malt and coffee. This mixes well with a pungent citrus and pine resinous notes. A bit boozey but not bad. In short the beer smells like arrogance.
Ap- The body of the beer is black. The head of the beer is thick and looks like a fizzy chocolate milk. Nice head retention is noted. Crazy thick lacing marks the beers passage from my glass.
T- The flavor of the beer is deep bitter pine combining with darkly roasted chocolatey malt. A powerfully abrasive alcohol weaves itself around the citrus and pine notes. Full on bitter finish. Not bad but doesnt rise to the level of greatness.
P- The body of the beer is pretty full and a bit oily. The alcohol is a bit hot and abrasive at times. I do like the mouth full of hops feeling on a plus side but cannot rate higher than 2 because of astringency.
O- A bit of a mixed bag. I dig the bitter mouth full of hops. I dont really dig the whole Black IPA. Not terribad but not really great. A whole hell of alot better than Emperial IPA.
icculus801 (39) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - AUG 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft from Avenue Pub in New Orleans. Pours almost black with a nice tan head. Big aroma of chocolate with a bit of hops. Initial roasted malt flavor gives way to a hoppy finish. A hint of warmness from the alcohol is present but by no means overpowering. Very solid offering from Stone.
richiesd (31) - California, USA - AUG 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is truly a wonderful black ipa. I like this profoundly more than sublimely self righteous... it’s essentially like an extra-hopped stone 11th. wonderful!
Jet black with good carbonation, great fresh hops on the nose and an as expected flavor profile. Overall, a solid beer. Dark IPAs are not necessarily my favorite style, but this one is very tasty.
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.
jsled (28) - South Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 3, 2011
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
P: 4/5. Perfectly opaque black, good tan head, well supported with lacing.
A: 4/5. luxurious hops. some citrus, but a piney, resiny wonderfulness. no real
F: 6/10. sweet, roasty, alcohol. roast finishes in an astringent twang. unpleasant
balance on the back of the tongue.
M: 2/5. not overly coating, but much residual bitterness, and no residual
sweetness to balance.
O: 6/10. Not quite what I’d like in a BIPA.
Kranin (23) - - MAR 7, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Beautiful brew. Roasty, hoppy, alcohol rich goodness.
(22oz bottle / Blue Max / 03/2012)
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 it’s 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.