pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Long lost rating. Bottle consumed circa late summer 2007.)
Dark dark brown to black with a thin tan head. Slightly piney mostly socky hops. Roasty, a little bit of floral hops. Really smells a bit infected or skunky. Bad bottle, or bad beer? Thick and a bit chewy with low carbonation. Bittet with some diacetyl. A bit creamy. Piney infection? A big roast complements the hops. A bit sweet. Nothing really says IPA here, lingering piny flavor. I have to imagine this bottle is infected. I’ll rerate this next time I try it.
pantanap (3349) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2008 bottle.....pours a really dark brown with a thin light brown head.....aromas of a multitude of hops with the emphasis on the citrus aspect between them all. just a big aroma overall which is very inviting......to move onto the taste, hmmmmm and i i’m thinking that i like this a lot. more of the tropical fruit like hops with a little bitterness in the finish. there’s a nice caramel malt component that doesn’t play the prominent role but supports the initial pine hop blast accordingly.
Beershine (5201) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromatic. Darker than expected. Totally opaque, almost black. Small but good head for this beer. Good balance of roasty malt & bright hop. Punchy.
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky dark brown. Smells like a good Black Toque. All toasty and leafy, then dark & chewy. Big anise finish. What I like about this is the size and sweetness of the body, it really provides a solid backdrop for the leafy hops.
fordest (1963) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Darkest IPA I have ever seen. Nice color and head. Aromas of citrus and grass. Fruity hopps on the flavor as well. Nice malty backbone to give it that juiciness. Very good.
BeNobleDark (62) - Allendale, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A fantastic black IPA. Subtly roasted, chocolate notes that become more pungent as the brew warms. Full of hoppy, malty, complex dark notes that will leave your palate wanting more.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a nice tan head on top. This beer pours more like a porter or stout! Aroma is full of pine, citrus, and grapefruit. Flavor is full of pine and grapefruit hops. Very balanced flavor profile with a nice bitterness accompanied with a nice sweetness. A very interesting beer and another good one to celebrate another year with Stone Brewing Co!
wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black IPA you say? Interesting. Pours deep brown/light black color. Aroma is strong with grapefruit/citrus/pine. Perfect bitterness and well balanced. This may be my favorite Stone brew yet....on to the Double Bastard!
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Pours a deep dark brown with slight red tints. With a nice lacing brown head that dissipates fairly quickly. Hops dominate ever so slightly over the malts, which are well roasted. Hoppy, a nice hop structure, great bitterness, that also combines with some roast and cereal grains. its quite nice, A good balance. one of my preferred Stone brews. Thanks MrRomero.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Duane shared a bottle of this with me. Thanks Dad! Deep brown pour, 1-finger tan head. Aroma was earthy, licorice, and plenty of citrusy, graprfruit hops. Flavor had some roasty, coffee character to it, but it was also dominated by the hops. This wasn’t bad by any means, but the mixture of a heavily roasted malt base with Stone’s aggressive hop-profile just didn’t work well for me.