KajII (783) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. The pour was a thick dark black with a large (2-3 finger) medium brown creamy head which had good retention reducing to a thick puddling thus creating some excellent sheets of lacing.
The aroma was of a pine hop, a roasted grain malt and a moldy yeast with notes of coffee, caramel, licorice, chocolate and a decent alcohol tinge.
The taste was a hoppy, malty and a tad sweet with a very mild hint of caramel and chocolate at first then progressed into a bitter, roasty, hoppy flavor with a big coffee note and a mild alcohol presence at the end. The flavor hung on for a good long time proceeding the swallow letting the hoppy roastiness settle in.
Mouthfeel was a bit beyond medium in body with a dry, oily texture and a nice lively carbonation.
Overall an exceptionally well balanced Black IPA with just the right amount of everything working together.
Joel (111) - 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 (123) - 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 (6160) - 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."
orangesol (932) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served on-tap at the Brewhouse Grille during the Troegs / Stone Total Tap Takeover.
A - Pours nearly pitch black with a nice two finger tall tan head leaving small streaks of lace down the entire glass.
S - Smells of rich dark roasted chocolate malt, molasses sweetness, bright citric hops, tropical fruits, and some light pine needles.
T - Starts off with a big dose of dark roasted chocolate malt slowly giving way to a mix of pungent citric hops, light hints of tropical fruits; most notably grapefruit; pine, molasses, and the faintest hint of booze. The finish is a mix of hop bitterness and dark roast, lingering for some time.
M - Medium-Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The feel has lots of hop bitterness and dark roast, lingering for some time after consumption.
O - Not too bad. The mix of dark roast and hops was fairly well balanced and it tasted pretty good. I have never been the biggest fan of Black IPA’s but Stone really knows how to make them the right way.
boto (1898) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - AUG 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Headkeeper: This one pours a pretty much opaque dark brown color. There was about a finger of a tan head that lingers and leaves some lacing. The aroma was not quite as strong as i thought it would be. Some pine and earthy hops and chocolate are predominant. The taste is very good. Big malt body. Just a hint of sweetness up front. Not too bitter. Hints of chocolate, pine, nuttiness, perhaps some fruits.
Vignale (2241) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tidigare felaktigt inlagd: Mörkbrun med stort skum. Stor grapebesk doft. Stor närmast brutal smak. Massor av grapebeska. Rund kropp med choklad och kaffe som också känns massiv men beskan slår hela tiden igenom och skapar en riktigt torr eftersmak. Maffig Imperial IPA som har allt och ändå är välbalanserad. Skulle jag få önska skulle jag nog ändå vridigt ned beskan något.
Beerdedone (2785) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a dense brown head. Aroma was hoppy with sweet pine, roasted malts, grapefruit, citrus, chocolate and licorice. Flavor was sweet and bitter with dark chocolate, roasted malts, licorice, coffee, pine and subtle grapefruit. Oily texture, full body, soft carbonation. An excellent black ipa
VastActiv (3147) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUN 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Originally rated 31122011. Colour is almost black with slightly brownish white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, hops and roasted malts.
umich03jm (2221) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by tectactoe I think. Last bottle of the night so my notes are very short. Pours black with very little head. Aromas are chocolate syrup, burnt wood, brown sugar, and mild pine/floral hops. Tastes very good. Surprising sweet/bitter balance. Tastes kinda like cocoa puffs mixed with burnt wood. I enjoyed this very much and glad I got to try it. I bet this was amazing when fresh.
tectactoe (2508) - Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: A few years old, we’ll see how this goes. Jet black body with a surprisingly long-lasting, creamy cappuccino head that advertises the nice carbonation preservation over the years. Aroma still has a nice piny bitterness to it with lightly herbaceous, botanical, & floral notes playing over a roasted malt & burnt brown sugar underlayer. Slight ashy char. Taste is also bitter but not over the top. Bitter from the heavily roasted malt bill as well as the piny hop leaves. Mild floral essence balancing with scorched caramel malt. Hops fade towards the finish, leaving a black coffee bean & bitter cocoa lingering on the palate from the malt. Zesty, medium bodied mouth feel with nice carbonation. This was shockingly good, especially given the age. Bravo.