Goodgrief (1838) - 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 itís god awful. Yuck.
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 isnít it.
JoePeesie (909) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours black (loses points for any "pale" ale) strong hop nose and taste. For an anniversary beer it was kinda Meh to me...
Lorenasa (154) - Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Fresh 22 oz bottle purchase at the brewery. The aroma is of hops. The tast is of chocolate and coffee bu is overpowered by grapefruity hops. Extreme bitterness ruins what coul have been a good beer.
HonkeyBra (3643) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2011
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 oz. bomber. Pours a deep, thick black with a thick tan head that dissipates in a rocky mess. Lots of lacing smears down the glass as the head fades. Aroma of roast, some chocolate, some fresh asphalt. Mild pine hops notes creep through in the aroma. The flavor is just . . . wow. Iím not sure how to describe whatís going on here. It just tastes like a generic, hot bitterness. Itís vaguely piney but more like spruce and fir trees. Very odd, seems almost chemical. Harsh and unpleasant. Iím hop head. I love bitterness. But this has no character at all other than chemical and alcohol bitterness. Thinnish body. This is not a beer Iíd recommend.
jrallen34 (3488) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
bottle... dark brown almost black with a nice medium tan head, great retention and good lacing... weak nose, a bit of grapefruit with pine, boring... tastes super harsh on the finish, extreme bitter pine alcohol, a bit of grapefruit tries to turn this around but this is really bad overall... pass
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2011
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
Very dark espresso with brown head. Pine and citrus in nose, but, whatís this?...Bacon? Garlic? Yeah....pretty sure this isnít supposed to be a rauch black IPA... Medium body, good carbonation. Iím not really sure what defect could lead to these flavors, but I donít like it. drain pour.
omhper (20564) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - JUL 28, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled. Black, rich beige head. Rich aroma of grapefruit. Very sweet with oily moithfeel and medium-full body. Burning alcohol completely dominates, despite all the syrupy sweetness. Heavily roasty licorice and coffee. Slightly inky finish with massive bitterness.
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - SEP 16, 2011
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Deep brown pour with a tan head. Aroma is pine resin and some dark malt. Maybe a hint of coffee. Flavor is almost to bitter for words. Iíd rather chew on an asprin. Iíve yet to find a black IPA that I like and I knew this would be a stretch, but I wanted to give Stone the benefit of the doubt, but this beer was fairly undrinkable. Bitter bitter, burned coffee pine resin hop juice. Not good.
kidmartinek (3741) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2011
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Its the darkest brown. The head is alcoholic and dark and stays around. The aroma is like fruit thatís overripe. The taste is funky foody. Ewwwww. Go try the clown shoes version instead. Going against the grain on this one you may think I got a bad tap line... or you may think, Stoneís book didnít work this time, in which case youíd be correct. I mean, who takes the time to read these dissertations. Either way one thing ia clear.... fanatics are fanatics whether they have a gay multi-million dollar marketing campaigns to gawk at or pretentious essays to wane over on their 22oz bombers. Love you California!