glennmastrange (2581) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Moderate malt notes of toasted and cereal, heavy hops of perfume spruce and resin, light leather for the yeast , with raisins , wine ,wood, vanilla, alcohol and cardboard in the background. Head is light brown, creamy with some small bubbles, has good lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is a very dark brown to black. Flavor starts lightly sweet, acidic and bitter, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, creamy and has a soft carbonation. Heavy and rich in aroma, light in flavor, it seems to be a mix of DIPA and porter. Not that itís a bad thing, just a bit confusing.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First Official Houston Tasting. Dark garnet black color with a rich mocha colored foam head. Great lacing. Huge hops nose. Orange and other citrus aromas with a roastyness near the end. Solid hop flavor with a great creamy malt finish. Has the body of a stout and the soul of an IPA...oddly wonderful.
dogfishho (669) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with gold tones that allows very little light to pass through. The aroma is is filled with grapefruity hops that dominate pretty much every Stone beerís nose. The flavor is quite interesting. There is a lot of hop bitterness with the citrusy floral notes of the hops being the most prominent flavor, but there is also the sweet, complex, and rich chocolate and roasty malt flavors balancing in the background. It seems that it is not often that the malts of very hoppy beers are individually complex as opposed to just added in for balance against the massive hop profile. The finish is crisp and clean and the mouthfeel was excellent. Overall a great, interesting, and uniqe beer.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz brown bomber bottle. Served in a Duvel glass.
Poured an opaque brown/black. Lots of carbonation.
Fine bubbled light tan head about two fingers.
Big citrusy hop aroma with some molasses.
Medium body. Some roasted malt to start.
Lots of hop bitterness. Good malt backbone. Long dry finish with plenty of hop bitterness and a lingering chocolate. Very drinkable. A unique beer that was great fun to drink. Schwartz IPA?
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I was actually surprised by this beer. It pours a dark brown/black and has a thin head. It is very interesting and I like that they tried a black IPA. I really wish I could get this year round. Nicely done.
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Iíve had this beer twice. The second time was much better than the first, so Iím glad I resampled at a recent homebrew club meeting. My first impression was that itís not even remotely related to an IPA; my second taste provided the IPA style I longed for in the first round. Just think IPA with dark, roasty malts added!
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep brown that looks impresively dark in the glass, but the flavor is much closer to a typical IPA. Bright citrus hops are balanced out with some mildly sweet malty tones. Quality stuff.
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Styles for the 22 ounce bottle. This one pours a deep brown mahogany color with a reddish-ruby edge when held up to the light. Sitting atop the body is a beige head of creamy foam, lasting quite a while and settling down to oily lace which lasts to the bottom of the glass. The nose is earthy at the onset, but upon further inspection pine resin and grapefruit hop aromas waft upward from the glass. After allowing the much anticipated elixir to settle quietly in the glass, the first sampling reveals a multitude of flavors. Up front the rich and earthy characteristics from the base malts dominate with flavors of dark roast, bittersweet chocolate and some espresso. In the middle, the flavors become a bit muddled as caramel sweetness, peppery spices and hop bitterness compete for attention. As the flavors begin to fade, a warming alcoholic presence is noted. Rounding out the taste sensation is a creamy smooth, almost oily mouth-feel with mild carbonation. Of the black IPAís Iíve had the pleasure of trying in the past six months, the Hoppiní Frog Bodacious Black and Tan stands out as the best so far. Iíve really come to enjoy American Strong ales, unfortunately this one just didnít do it for me.
beerbill (3599) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a very dark brown with an uneven frothy tan head that left light lacing on the glass and lasted until just beyond midway. Pleasant aroma of malt, caramel, brwon sugar and citrus. The flavor was very nice with caramel and malt up front with a nice hoppy citrus finish. Solid bitterness at the swallow but by no means excessive. Very nicely balanced despite the strong flavors. Another very good offering from the folks at Stone.
patty26 (95) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is bizarre. Pours a dark brown-black with a fizzy head. When I cracked the bottle I took a whiff and got blasted by the hops. This beer has a very citrusy/hoppy aroma. Very little in the way of malt. The taste is very hoppy and fruity; mainly orange and grapefruit. A good beer but Ruination puts this offering to shame.