JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Big oily pour is not really what I’d expected from something with "IPA" in its handle. Super potent nose hangs there like a fog. Body is a bit too heavy and slick, and the overall character of the brew is starting to seem consistent. In terms of flavors, the hops get more or less lost in the smoked meat and char and molasses (not to mention hints of anise), making this brew more like Labyrinth black ale than a black IPA to me. So stylistic kvelling aside, is it a’ight? Yeah but unlike previous Stone anny ales, I won’t be looking to stock up. (Come back Emperial IPA!)
cmc619 (501) - California, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From bomber into Green Man snifter. Pours as black as the name implies. Medium brown head that settles down pretty quickly, but leaves a dark, intermittent lag-lacing upon swirling. Aroma is some chocolate, some nail polish remover (alcohol). Some really beautiful whiskey (bourbon) flavor hits in the middle, although it is a pretty hot beer. Hops aren’t overwhelming; more like a match for this giant beer. On second sip, I think the hops may just be intertwined with the alcohol and contribute to a sense of greater heat. The bitterness is definitely felt in the finish. Overall, another (expectedly) bold entry from Stone, but I’ll take their core beers over this one, any time.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 65. Courtesy of joergen. Pours pitch black with a beige head. Rather bad, intense greasy hop aroma with a licorice touch. Rich body, heavy licorice, a very herbal and medicinal hop character. Dark charcoal roast. Seems unbalanced to me in both malt and hop character. 160612
RexTalionis (3522) - FINLAND - OCT 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured dark brown in colour with a small tan head. Chocolate, coffee, malt and some floral notes in aroma. Coffee and dark fruit in flavour. Roasted malts in aftertaste.
AndySnow (6812) - Huddinge, SWEDEN - MAY 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Oliver Twist. Black colour with a beige head. Aroma is liquorice, alcohol. Flavour is heavy alcohol, strong liquorice, and a bit of dark fruits hidden behind it all.
Capa (2772) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - OCT 17, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black with a tall beige cap. Powerful grapefruit, roasted malt, resin, cocoa notes throughout. Finish is slightly chalky and highly bitter from both the hops and burnt malt. Not a fan but purely because I don’t like the style.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Rating #35. Pitch black pour with a big tan head. Light malty aroma, very light on the hops really, kind of smells like fish, weird. Mild flavor as well, more muted hops with a light roastiness. (1869)
monkeychugg55 (1031) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Coffee color with a small light brown head that lasts and leaves quite a bit of lacing. The aroma is very hoppy, with all kinds of citrus, pine resin, and a vegetal quality. Some toasty malt with coca and brown sugar. The flavor has a lot of coffee and burnt malts, that clash with the hops. Lingering bitter coffee finish with a lot of residual sweetness and a bit of alcohol warming. Not my cup of tea persay, a little too much in opposite directions.
milewide (2079) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2011
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Too much alcohol over-powders everything in taste, and especially after-taste! I followed this with a Pilsner Urquell---which still managed to have more "beer" taste. Fruity hops in aroma and initial flavor. Attractive opaque black color and tan, small bubble, head. Little malt influence.
LinusStick (3252) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A decent black IPA, nothing to be excited about. Aroma was alright. Roasted malt with plenty of green citrusy hops. Pour was a nice deep dark brown/near black with a one finger tan head. Taste was pretty good, but a little basic. The hops take center stage and don’t let go. I like this because I’m not a big fan of the style. Very vinous and soapy in the front. A little thin. After the swallow, the bitter citrus hops remain with not much else. There isn’t enough roasted malt flavor to make this different. Decent carbonation. Typical Stone beer, which isn’t a bad thing