dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle poured into snifter. Dark chocolate color with a brown bubbly head. Aroma has hints of chocolate, malt and hops. Flavor is a little dry with mostly the chocolate playing a nice part on the back end. It didn’t blow me away but it’s still a good solid beer.
hirigalzkar (2083) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 4, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours black with a beige head. Citrus, mint, coffee and clove notes in the aroma. The taste is very (too) bitter, and therefore quite dry. Notes of coffee beans, dark chocoalte, and bitter herbs.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
From notes. First reviewed 8/22/2011. Served on tap in a snifter at the Stone Tap Takeover at Acre.
The appearance of every Stone beer shows their care and devotion to the craft. Black in color with brown edges and a tan cap, this big American Black Ale retains remarkably well for the ABV and leaves some nice lace down the glass.
The aroma is dark roasted malt, coffee, soy sauce, and some piney hops with a touch of ethyl alcohol.
Unfortunately, the taste cannot shed the soy sauce aroma that I got in the nose. Roast coffee and malt go well together with some light sweetness, with a mostly pine hop bill at the end. The salty soy sauce flavor just throws this off too much to give it a good score though. The booze is there the whole time, but it manifests itself in its purest form at the end of the sip.
Moderately creamy and smooth, with a good amount of carbonation. Fuller than medium bodied, with an ABV that warms the throat and stomach. Not too sticky or resiny, although both sensations are there.
Not the best I have had. Where that soy sauce flavor came from, I don’t know, but it really distracts from what would otherwise be a pretty good beer.
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.
Rando7 (690) - Iowa, USA - SEP 17, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle pours black with think tan head. Very nice looking beer . Aroma all pine. Taste with pine forward, a little bit of roast/malt, then a fairly brief pine finish. Palate pleasant, full and well carbonated. Alcohol well hidden but you feel it later.
I am not a hop head but was hoping this would have a better malt/hop presence. Really not balanced at all although it improves as it warms.
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.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2011
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft… Pours black with a small, creamy, beige head. The aroma is just… Wow!… really bad. Hits me in all the wrong places. Big-time armpit and old, stale bong water. Full-bodied and oily with soft carbonation. The flavor is bitter, burnt and acrid – gunsmoke and fresh weed. Bitter, grassy, roasty finish. Not a bad beer overall, but I hate the smell.
DYCSoccer17 (3211) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 1, 2011
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 ounce bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. The aroma on this is moderately hoppy with hints of Centennials and other PNW hops. Some grapefruit and pine. Beneath this, there is a lot of roast present. Some sweet chocolate is also there with some chalkiness, too. Mildly transparent dark mahogany body with a smallish, quickly dissipating light tan head. Starts a little chocolatey, before this becomes quite burnt, and bitter. Tons of grapefruit hops going on here. Very charred, and very difficult to drink this beer. There’s no subtlety here, and it just seems like they dumped the leftover unsweetened chocolate from their previous Oatmeal Chocolate IS and a shit ton of hops into this beer.
Goodgrief (1740) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - SEP 11, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Jet black pour, nice frothy head and outstanding lacing. Rich and thick mouth feel. Rich roast flavor with some chocolate. This would have been excellent...BUT...a huge vegetal/garlic like presence. I have tasted this flavor before in beer, and it’s god awful. Yuck.
Ernest (6014) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is opaque black (flashlight tested).
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate), lightly to moderately hoppy (resin, grapefruit), lightly yeasty (dough), with a note of alcohol.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, unclean.
Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic, lightly astringent.
Truly disappointing, mainly because it looked so good to begin with. Nice dark lasting head and completely opaque too. And the mouthfeel is pretty nice as well...a bit hot/boozy but not out of line given the ABV. But that’s pretty much where the good stuff ends. The aroma is surprisingly simple and light for a 10+% stout, just roast and chocolate and green hops...there’s no allure here, no depth, just some basic expected characters that lay there in the glass with no enthusiasm to entice you in any way. Heck, there’s not even any vanilla, which is usually a freebie with a beer like this. The worst part, though, is the almost shocking sourness in the mouth...highly unpleasant. If the mouth experience weren’t so off-putting, I could probably forgive the boredom of the nose and give this a low/mid-3 kinda score, but alas, something went wrong with this one.