HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Opens with a hefty hop aroma, pours a pitch black with decent head. Taste is rich and thick with a hint of hops. Interesting beer, a bit overdone in all respects imo and not sure how well the hops would age.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 21, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Black pour with a tan head, this beer has a hoppy, sticky flavor with some maltiness. The aroma is a bit dusty, and the finish was warming.
dimenhetfield (2486) - , 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.
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, this might be too complex for my simple palate but the hop flavors are greatly subdued with only a touch of hops the finish is roasty and bitter with a massive boozy feel coupled with the huge 3 finger head it’s just a bit overbearing
hirigalzkar (2789) - 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 (777) - 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 (10532) - 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.