DragonsHead (142) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
What the @@@@ is an IBA? India Black Ale? Wonderful taste, but I donít know how to rank it. Canít wait to see what comes out next year!!
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours to a dark cola colored body with a tan head and sexy light airy lacing. The aroma is very noticeable simcoe and amarillo (and I picked them out without even knowing they were in there). The flavor is very unique and interesting. Mildly roasty black malts, crisp grains, lots of bitter/spicy hops. Sweet juicy hops. The palate is bitter and sweet. Light astringent malts. Medium bodied.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2009 my goodness. i had been waiting for the 11th to come out for a while and finally got my hands on 6 bottles (thanks Kevin) and i was totally stunned. the beer pours a midnight black with a perfect tan head and the aroma of...simcoe hops?! my favorite hops, with aroma of pine, apricot, and ginger. and the hoppy profile of the beer was perfect. amazingly smooth. the flavors were coffee, coriander, pine, and of course hops. not a hint of alcohol sting even at 8.7%. honestly, stoneís best beer to date and possible the best iíve ever had. long live the Black IPA. *UPDATE* finally got the chance to try this one as the reincarnated sublimely self righteous...and itís every bit as amazing as my young palate thought over a year ago. simply an expertly crafted, unique, and delicious brew.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Blake. This IPA has a nice citrus-bitter flavor over dry roasty & pale malt base. A very tasty beer, delicious in its own right just as an IPA.
ReademNwheat (174) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a 22oz bottle. Pours a dark murky color with a nice off white head. Aroma of piney hops and roasted malts. Flavors is very hoppy with notes of pine, slight citrus and roasty malts. Very tasty brew.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - FEB 1, 2008
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2008 This stuff is good. Very good. The Black IPA - this is an amazing thing. Itís hopped like Stone IPA. The malts, however, are dark, rich chocolaty malts that battle for your tongueís attention in the war that is going on in this bottle. The aroma is a fairly typical yeasty dark ale type aroma. The first thing that hits you is the resinous piney flavor of the hops. Then the malts hit your tongue and complete the experience. SECOND ANALYSIS: After 1 and a half years, this stuff still holds up!
thedm (5136) - Fort Wayne, USA - FEB 1, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized light brown colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a semi-opaque strongly carbonated dark ruby red brown colored body. The aroma was sweet and caramel malt. The mouth feel was very tingly at the start and at the finish with a strong hoppy aftertaste. The flavor contained notes of malt hops vinous and dark malt. A wonderful best in class brew.
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Piney smell, frothy head and nice black pour. Good hop notes after 3 months of cellaring. I love the black IPA idea, hops and roast go great together. LOVED IT and i need more.
ScoWRee (401) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head that disaptes quickly. Aroma of Hops. Taste of hops, hops and hops, a hint of fruit, blueberries.Iím not a hops guy but, this isnít bad!
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 Dark brown with mahogany highlights and a substantial medium-dense light tan head. Gorgeous aroma of bright orange peel, fresh field grass, subtle pine bark and holiday spice. Flavor is full of fresh hops and roasted grain with many of the aroma elements present as well. Sweetness and alcohol are well represented in the body, though in perfect balance, along with excellent bitterness that plays out well throughout the long finish.