Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle (enjoy by 7/10/14) poured into nonic pint. Deep cola color with an impressive three-finger creamy light beige head that seems to last forever. Aroma is resinous, piney hops with roasted malt undertones. Flavor follows suit, with initial hoppiness giving way to roasted complexity. The mouthfeel is much creamier than I was expecting. While I don’t enjoy this quite as much as Stone’s standard IPA offerings, it’s still great.
coachd (130) - Missouri, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like a DIPA, only better. It has subtle roasty chocolate qualities. The hops are still there, but you can tell there’s a lot more going on. Interesting contrast in appearance - the beer is jet black with a nearly white head. The foam just refuses to go away. Taste is similar to the smell. Roast and bitter chocolate up front, some soy sauce and faint black licorice with an aftertaste that has the signature Stone assault on the taste buds. The palate is better than most IPA’s - perhaps I’m biased; dark beers always seem to have a better palate in my opinion. Black IPA’s are hit and miss with me, but this is one of the better ones I have tried. Right now, I’m thinking it is even better than Firestone Walker Wookey Jack.
mzaar (1701) - Varberg, SWEDEN - MAY 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska @ Ölrepubliken. Smutsvitt skum ovan en Coca-colafärgad vätska. Dofter av citrus, ananas, espresso och lakrits. Smakinslag av grapefrukt, passionsfrukt, mörk choklad, läder och kåda. För egen del är det aningen för mycket kolsyra, men det är mer en randanmärkning: Detta är en mycket god BIPA, och därmed en mycket god öl. Medelstor beska, en maltsötma som balanserar upp den och en både fruktig och lätt rökig eftersmak.
AAEA (136) - California, USA - MAY 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 Fl. OZ ($6.99) A very good beer, its an ale that thinks its an IPA. very hoppy and great taste. I love this beer and its a good 8.7% if you see this try it out.
Koskela (293) - Marysville, California, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hop aroma mix with a chocolate almost cocoa aroma in this black brew with a tan head of tiny bubble. The taste is choc syupy hops with a good combo of sweet and bitter. The aftertaste of this medium bodied brew is bitter and you get a bit of burn from the almost %9
Earlier Rating: 6/17/2012 Total Score: 4.1
A bitter hoppy smell with a bit of chocolate. The color is black with a medium head. The taste is malty and bitter with a bit of chocolate notes and a bitter and hoppy aftertaste. This brew had a meduim body and a crisp feel.
Dal9000 (200) - Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A wonderful brown ale. Immediate flavor of malt with a slight chocolate undertone finishes with a lighting mild malt flavor for a few minutes. Deep flavor that almost melts.
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zoucrew102 (589) - - MAY 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2014 Tap at Colorado mountain brewery, COS. Roasted malt aroma with subtle hoppiness. Pours black with a decent, light brown head and good lacing. Roasted malt dominates the start with a rich, sticky mouthfeel and a little bit of licorice flavor as well. Finishes very dry with a good amount of hops. Nice, well balance black ipa.
Hidden_Pooch (409) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAY 20, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I think this was my second Black IPA, certainly not my last. I love the confusion of drinking such a dark ale, then getting hit with the IPA flavour instead. Even then it was a nice combo of faint roasted barley, and liquorice flavour mixed in with all the piney hoppyness. Had a great mouthfeel despite being so high in the alcohol and hops. Would love another one soon.
redbeard3 (107) - - MAY 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a shaker pint. Black pour - really black, even when you hold it to light.
pictoman (584) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 12 fl oz bottle. Dark brown, near black with beige head. Light aroma of hops and subtle fruit. Flavour quite hoppy and dry with a bit of chocolate and subtle caramel malt. Very oily texture. Full body.