alassio (78) - USA - OCT 19, 2011
4.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a fantastic beer. The roasty malts give a richness, but the hops have a piercing bite that turns it into fresh chocolate, anise, and pine. The sensations in the mouth are incredible and change from moment to moment, and keep changing and shifting as the irresistible sips keep piling up minute to minute: mild sweetness and richness gets upturned by a sourness, and then a piney hop bitterness starts a relentless campaign to invade and occupy every diverse dimension of the palate - - tongue, cheeks, even glottus - - various dimensions of the oral cavity all start clocking in like AP & UPI teletypes after some rare spectacle - - taste buds and oral nerves you never realized you had before flashing like Vegas neon, croaking like lit-up lily-pad frogs by nuclear plants, whole oral flavor networks swaying, and careening like decks of creaking plankwood on ancient war galleons. You don’t want this to end. Thankfully, for physical constitution, I am only in the possession of this one bottle, and I can’t remember where I got it. But I will be Googling about it again real soon, and then buying a plane ticket to where I can get it again.
zimbo (743) - SCOTLAND - MAY 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From old notes.
Deep black roasted tar nose which is intense and penetrating. Jet black and at least a half inch of light brown glossy head. interesting how it pours seemingly headless only to form something big and beautiful in just a few seconds.
Taste is intense of dark liquorice, dark 100% cocoa chocolate, some silky earth which is superbly earthy dry and yet supported by deep pine. A vibrant TCP monster of measured intensity. Some slight fizzy gas as the end does not distract from this potent glass of superb lethal jet fuel. Bit of a predator. with large talons.
Theydon_Bois (12178) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Keg at Wicked Weed Funkatorium, Asheville, 17/02/15.
Black with a decent tan covering.
Nose is bitter roast, spice, charr, earthy bitter streak, dirt, earthy hop presence.
Taste comprises dank hop tones, charr, spice, pine needle, booze tunes, light cocoa strains.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
So so for style and ABV in terms of depth of character. Glad to have tried this one but me thinks it’s sat around way too long!
rdixon77 (1452) - Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Old rating. Loved this one. Dark black pour. Nice mixture of piney fresh tasting hops and spiced licorice flavored coffee. Big body and big taste
Dr_Fellini (778) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a pitch black color with a medium brown head. Aroma is a nice burnt roasted malts, dark fruits, licorice, balanced out with a nice piney citrusy hop character. Flavor focuses a bit more on the burnt malts, licorice, chocolate character than I would expect from Stone, but not in a bad way. Very tasty beer.
Stuu666 (5904) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is chocolate, liquorice, pine, taste is similar, light coffee.
Krej (153) - USA - FEB 24, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very good. Smells like chocolate a little and is very malty. Not very happy which is great for an imperial black ale. I love it.
hackobock (2120) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
February 7, 2015. Bottle at Man in the Moon.
Black with a tan brown head. Aroma is toasted malt, sweet licorice, cheese, grass and chocolate. Taste us light to medium sweet licorice and caramel, medium grassy bitterness along with some sweaty cheese notes. Finish has sweet licorice, green pepper, cheese and grass. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Besides some cheesy notes it has aged quite well with the light roasted notes and licorice making up for the lack in hop character.
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a thick brown head. Aroma is hoppy with notes of caramel and malt. Tastes initially of caramel followed by lingering hops bitterness. Complex, dark, and rich. Reminds more of a hoppy stout than an IPA. 10/10/2011
cobaink2 (162) - seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow I wasnt sure how this was going to hold up after 3 years. Its got great chocolate, espresso, and a heavy handed dose of piny hops. Fantastic ipa that really stands the test of time.
slowrunner77 (6761) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 29, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
"holy hell this is good stuff. a hopheads delight. a dark, black bastard child of Stone 13 and all it’s dark spicy goodness and Sublimely Self Righteous, the best black IPA out there. Bigger in body, with a huge roasted malt, and spicy grapefruity hop assault in the aroma followed by more of the same in the flavor. big beer all around, skip it if you’re in the mood for subtle. this may hold for a bit, but the fresher the better."