Swillbur (62) - Arizona, USA - APR 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Everyone of these i drank which was at least 6 had crazy long lasting overflowing head. You can pour 2OZ in a chalice and it will bubble up to the top and even over but never spill down the sides. Pretty nice malty hoppy flavors going on for a style i don’t care for its done well. I just don’t get the crazy head
Bgarnreiter (53) - Alabama, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours jet black, with a carmel head with plenty of lacing. smells of malt with a nice hoppy aroma. as if you put an ipa and an imperial stout in the same glass. tastes roasty with the bitter ipa feeling. some citrus with a nice roasted malt. feels dry and lasting with the malty thickness. overall solid brew, with an interesting mix of stuff going on.
SCP (53) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pitch black with a fine moka head. Palate is oily, you can almost feel fat on your tongue. Floral, chocolate, coffee, alcohol and sugar. A very tasting and intense brew. Would have rated it higher if I had only a sample but the very low drinkability makes the overall drop.
riseagainstme (48) - Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2011
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz into snifter...pours almost black with a tan head...Tastes not so good to me, I was really excited about this one but it is not that good. Tastes very bitter from the hops and from something else I get more bitter. When it warmed up a little all I could taste was alcohol. Just not impressed, was hoping for a stronger sublimely self righteous or something, but this isn’t it.
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)