garretjax (103) - Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Blacker than black ale. Thin off-white head. Floral hop aroma and a slight hint of roast. Full bodied and great mouth feel. Not a thick as it looks, but donít be decieved by that. Itís rich also. Nice and unique!
1/18/08: opened and enjoyed.
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: One of the best (if not THE best) India Dark Ale.
How: 22oz bomber, 3 months old. Thanks to dmac621. A HUGE MEGA thanks for this one.
The look: Dark burgundy body with a rather big tan head
In long: Superb nose of citrus, dark fruits, pine-tree and roastiness. This is a tasty beer. As roasted as it is fruity. Dates, blueberries, dark grapes and sweet jam on top of a chocolate cake with everything swimming in citrus juice and a lot of molasses. Then comes the complex hops profile that is grapefruit, citrus, pine-tree, floral and grassy. Round and flavourful bitterness of medium intensity. Tasty but never aggressive. More roastiness develops as the beer warms up. Creamy body and smooth carbonation. Perfectly balanced. Very light alcohol presence. Iím very much into that new India Dark Ale trend and this one is my favourite so far. The traditional world of IPA used to be dominated by paler ales so this beer appears like the Tiger Woods in the mostly-white PGA. And judging by its quality its only a matter of time before the IPA world goes all NFL on us.
heylrule (46) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
solid beer. poured very dark aalmost black. Great smell of hops and pine. very smooth medium carbination. Tsted of hopes, pine and choc and coffee.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stone 11th Anniversary, in the dark with this IPA, pitch dark, so they say...whatís that mean? Letís open and find out...
Hey, that is dark...and hoppy...big aromas, leaping out at ya...just about black, this one, with a smallish dark brown head.
Aroma: bright hops, mixed with rich, dark malt...ripe fruit melds with cocoa and coffee tones...interesting, to say the least...and I like it!
In the taste, big hop smack, taking a dark turn, feeling hot, roasted, and full. Tangy, twangy, tingly hops, meet roasted malt...overloaded with character and confidence. Some trickles of molasses and a hint of spice linger in as well...hops are everywhere, this is in IPA territory, definitely, but those dark malts take somewhere else entirely...and I like that!
first bitter fruit feel, then dark roast burning the palate...again, I like!
8.7%? Iím hardly feeling it...or, am...I?
A bit of bright orange and grapefruit pith, then a round of chocolate and coffee grounds..Iím enjoying that!
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2008 Bottle. Dark, translucent body with rapidly accumulating tan head. Aroma pretty much just piney hops, not much else going on, and even the pine sort of took a back seat to mere bitterness. Flavor was also one-dimensional for the most part, but at least it was a stronger, more pleasing one dimension than the nose. As it warmed, some malt poked through, but by that time the nice hops were less of a factor and it still didnít really come together. For a clearly IPA-based beer, I actually thought the palate was the only saving grace here, really filling the mouth with as much of that hop presence as it could, strong but not out-of-place carbonation, no thinness at all. Aside from that though, not much going on. Wasnít bad to drink, but I wouldnít go for it again. 5-4-6-5-12 Rerate 7/5/08 So I did go for it again, and the age has really smoothed things out. In the nose, some piney and citrus hops work beautifully with roasted malt light on the roast, heavy on sweet fruitiness that blends with the hops. Flavor just brings out further intriguing complexities of the dark IPA with fairly sweet chocolate, a tart fruity coffee finish joining the rest. Easy drinking, at times creamy on the way down. Very nice.
jgb9348 (4981) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a super dense tan head. Neat looking, almost 100% opaque - but that didnít look like it would be when I was pouring it. Aroma of super strong hops, potent citrus & piney hops with a bit of alcohol, malt, yeast, spruce and even a slight touch of roasted coffee. Medium-bodied; Very mild taste of hops up front with hardly anything else. Some nuts and coffee show near the end, but not much else. Aftertaste shows more hops than anything else - a bit of underbalanced malt and some light bitter tastes, but thatís about it. Overall, way overrated and probably not even worth sampling. This doesnít fit a style aside from ASA - itís overly hopped (almost all stone beers are), under malted and under flavoured. Pass on this one, if you can bring yourself to do it. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods (4th Ave) in San Francisco, California on 13-January-2008.
malachi (62) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Highest of the night. Really enjoyed the body. Had a great hop finish, much better nose than anything else this evening. Thanks to Brigadier for a good night out.
nuplastikk (4907) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2009 11th anniversary 22oz bottle. Deep brown-black color. Toffee and chocolate notes with a solid hop backbone. Slightly reminiscent of a Barleywine, but a little more drinkable. An excellent beer.
tomthompson89 (1924) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW great beer!!! dark almost black, decent tan head nose is hops, especially floral and a good dose of malts, good sweet malts well balanced with citrus and other fine hops alcohol well hidden and a very tasty brew indeed.
BigBeer45 (1300) - Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2009 Bomber bottle, pours very dark almost black, is a dark ruby when viewed against a light, I poured this into a chalice and a tulip, the tulip provided more of a head, a dark tan foamy medium size head that receded and left dark tan bubbled lacings on the glass, aromas of roasted and toasted malt, faint chocolate, hops have fagrances of grass, pine needles, citrus and some faint floral notes, there is some malt caramel and sweetness, lots of piney and citrus hop flavor, malt sweetness, dark roasted malt flavors, caramel, remnants of malt flavor and sweetness are left behind at the finish, malt sweetness really comes out as this warms but stays in its preferable place without being overly strong, mouth feel is somewhat bubbly with carbonation, not overly so, nice on the palate, comes across as a IPA made with roasted malt. I think if you like IPAs and lots of hops you will like this, this is a IPA made with dark malt, I thought the hops overshadowed the malt a little, this was interesting but a different beer is going to be interesting the first time around, this would not spark my palate to want to try again, I prefer Stoneís Arrogant much more than this.