SudsMcDuff (8084) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks brain .. . light molasses roast and pine in the nose .. . dark creamy black with a low head .. . Fuck the TABC!!! .. . great bitterness .. smoothy .. . great complexity, i am digging the black ipa!
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber thanks to smokepot23. Pours very dark brown with light tan head like a porter. Aroma is of a citrus hop bomb DIPA. Aroma is heavy on citrus with tons of hops and some pine and malt. Flavor is extreamly hoppy with citrus, fruits, caramel, pine and malt. Great malt backbone to balance the hops in this brew. Palate is smooth for the ABV and amoutn of hops. Great brew from Stone. Wish I had another bottle.
bp (888) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 29, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (and my #400 rating): was surprised to see this pour dark brown, was expecting a golden colored brew, thick tan head, familiar grassy, hoppy aroma that you find in many Stone beers, some citrus, hops are present in the taste but not overpowering, some chocolate, malty backbone to balance, mildly bitter finish, very nice brew.
flyingshoes (100) - USA - MAY 29, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
22 oz bottle. Nearly perfect. Delicious blend of sweet chocolate and floral citrus, rounded out by some light fruits and a nutty overtone. One of the most complex brews I’ve had, and my favorite Stone offering.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the bistro/brewery in Escondido. Pours a very deep brown with an almost reddish-black tint to it. Thin, khaki head that dissipates immediately and leaves a nice, delicate swirl on the surface with lots of runny lacing. Aroma of very dense, piney citrus. Lots of hops and an assortment of fruits. Pineapples, pears, grapefruit, melon, and some faint berries. Flavor is very similar. Big, malty body with lots of aggressive fruits and earthy bitterness. Lots of dark caramels and some light toasted breads. Finishes dry with an intense lingering bitterness. Full bodied and very well balanced for such an assertive beer. Overall, very interesting and a damn good beer. Lots of intense flavors. Loved it.
Slipstream (2464) - USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nicely bitter ale. Flavors of grapefruit and esters, but still pretty sharp and dry. The flavors saturate and echo in the mouth. There is a light floral aroma, and a touch of peat or herbs. This is another excellent release by Stone, and I had it on tap at Rattle’n’Hum.
Drewsi227 (16) - Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark, lacing lasts, very hoppy with a fair hint licorice notes, very good overall
drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2009 pours black with a off white head that fades with a lacing that lasts. smells of hops, pine, and citrus. flavor is hoppy with an aftertaste of bitter chocolate/licorice. expect nothing less from stone. the hoppiness stands out a little more on draft also
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours jet black, thin head. Hoppy nose. Flavor is Bitter hops, some liquorice. Thinner body with a bitter back end. Good black IPA.
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nearly black in color--no light shines through. Nice, tight beige head. Spotty lace.
Very strong grapefruit hop aroma. Reminds me of Double IPA. Given the darkness of the brew, I’m surprised not to smell any burnt or roasted malts.
Tastes like super-hopped IPA. Relatively thin body. There’s a mild level of roasted malt in the aftertaste, otherwise it is all bitter, bitter hop.