doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark brown with a reddish tint when held to the light. Dense but thinnish, brownish head. Smells like an IPA with some spicy citrus and grass notes. There is a bit of a different kind of sweetness to the nose. I taste everything you’d expect from a good DiPa. Lots of hops and that citrusy bitterness but again, there is something different that hits me in the back of the roof of the mouth. Kind of a malty sweetness that lingers on the finish.
Surprisingly thin and watery smooth. Not that watery is a bad thing just thinner than expected. Coats the mouth a bit. Pretty damn good brew, and I’m very glad to have a black IPA at my disposal now rather than the Port/Liar’s Club Black Lie that seemed to be only available on tap.
sunevdj (3152) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with an off-white head and some nice lacings. Light sweetness with lots of bitereness. Very hoppy - pine and resin. Medium to full bodied. Medium carbonation. More an IPA than a stout/porter. Funny combination of colour and taste. Didn’t really spot any roast flavors.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of alexanderj, shared with kleyland and alexanderj at the GA-CA-VA-NY-MA pre-NYE Extravaganza. Pours a dark brown. Medium sized, light tan head. Aroma of roasted oats. Flavor is really nice, with a good balance between the hops and the roasted malts. Finish is lightly sweet.
DenverLogan (796) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mohogany color; lasting amber head of different sized bubbles. Aroma of dark roasted malts, caramel, toffee...flavors of amber and dark roasted malts, molassas, big bitter hops, grapefruit rind and other subtle fruits with various sweet and bitter notes. Rich, full bodied, bitter but enticingly flavorful.
ketchepillar (1068) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spilt a bomber between two different glasses: top half into a snifter, bottom half into a trappist. Not sure if it was top vs bottom or snifter vs trappist, but the snifter version was more IIPA like, while the trappist was more Imp Stout like. I was expecting this to be dark, but it was darn near pitch black. Good lacing. Aroma: Grapefruit & earthy/sprucy hops; Dark malts underlying, but they don’t jump out at you. Taste: Silky dark malts hit you right away, which are soon pushed aside by citrusy hops. Then in the finish, the malt bitterness and the hop bitterness blend seamlessly together for a very nice effect. In the trappist glass, the malts come through much more in the aroma & finish. It finishes w/ a nice chalky bitter chocolate/coffee combo. The trappist part seemed a bit smoother too, not surprisingly. All in all, I think I preferred the bottom/trappist part.
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours clear dark brown with garnet highlights and a fluffy, lacy tan head. Hmm... Looks like a Porter. A bit of dark fruit in the aroma. but otherwise it smells more like an IPA. Sweet taste of molasses, peach and citrus that seems to be where the Porter and the IPA fight it out. Finishes more like a piney IPA with a hint of Porter-ish smoke. This thing is an unusual beast.
jsquire (3437) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Surprisingly dark beer with mahagony hues when held against the light. Frothy brown head that leaves sticky residue on the glass. Sweet caramel nose with lots of citrus and pine hops. Big flavors, with lots of juicey orange rind, grapefruit, pine and pineapple hops, over a dark caramel sweetness. The finish is a mouth puckering grapefruit rind bitterness that almost forces you to take another drink or die from thirst. Very tastey beer, esapecially for hop heads.
pepsican (1444) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - DEC 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a huge off white head (watch out if you vigorous pour...). Aroma of hops, dark fruits, molasses. Taste has all of those, and more. Caramel, strawberries, nuts, and other flavors I can’t quite place come out more and more as this warms up. Bitter and thinish finish...Imperial porter or what? ASA could fit this I guess...maybe. Thanks a ton beachbum25 for sending this my way and being my first trade partner!
BMan1113VR (7854) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2009 As Stone 11: Extremely fragrant beer. Port and whine aromas mixed with pine, flowers, raspberry and cherries, and molasses. Pours very dark brown, if not black, with a small off-white head. Excellent lacing. Initial flavor is sweet burnt molasses and over the course of the long finish, it ends with a bitter salty taste, as well as some nutty malts being present. There is also an alcoholic presence on the tongue in the finish. Great smelling "Black IPA", but I have had better from Stone. AR:8 AP:3 F:7 P:4 O:14 3.6
Had again on tap as Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale. Good Stuff. Pours black with a light brown head that leaves good lacing. Aroma of pine and caramel sweetness with a touch of roast and smoke. Taste is hoppy with some bitter roasted malt some nut and maple. Smooth mouthfeel, well hidden ABV. Great beer and glad to see it again AR:8 AP:4 F:7 P:4 O:15 3.8
CapFlu (4501) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle) Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle for $7.99. Unbelievably dark body with a thin, lasting foamy, beige head. Nose is well balanced between hops and malt. Strong bourbon malts with super pine hops base make for a great beer tasting finisher.