eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 28, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
An absolutely spectacular black ipa. Perfectly meshes the tastes of a German dark with those of a high quality double ipa. Astonishly smooth, tons of flavor. Smells wonderful. Stones best ever (imo)
NeroWolfe (13) - USA - NOV 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with generous brown head. Strong fruity aroma. Taste to match, strong enough to be satisfying, but not overpowering. Quite a bit of lace. Stone rarely disappoints.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2007 Bottle. Very dark brown almost black body with a large rocky brownish-white head. Smells awesome - hop resin, caramel sugar, toasty cookies, tonnes of orange citrus.
Alcohol flavour is in full force, really bitter and there is pine left on the lips. Lots of malt backbone in a caramel toffee-like fashion. I really enjoyed this stuff - it’s really powerful but very drinkable and the hops are just great.
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great brew, pours black with little head that disapears rapidly into a lacy ring. Has smoky roasted malts for the flavor and hints of chocolate. Alcohol is well hidden and balanced with the deep flavor of this dark beast.
portermax55 (118) - Canterbury, Connecticut, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. bomber. Pours a deep, dark brown with a medium tan head that laces nicely. Wonderful aromas of fresh hops, baked apples, brown sugar and hints of pear and malt. Flavor is of hops, caramel, pears, and spice with hints of malts to finish. Has a very smooth, velvety mouthfeel. One of the more interesting brews I have had in a while, but awesome all in itself.
stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown. Hoppy aroma, good and strong, IPA like, as it is. Good head. Bitter, but not horribly so. Doesn’t look hoppy but is. Expected more malts. Hop taste is strong not overpowering and smooth.
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2007 dark red. but not super dark. smells like a stone beer. all that sharp hop. pretty balanced mild flavor. like ipa stout mix,. probably one of my two fave stones
hopslovin (194) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Deep ruby/brown pour with off-white head. Big malt presence on the nose. Bitter hop flavors, some pine, and very slight smoke in flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet bitter finish. Very good beer.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - NOV 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle: poured very dark brown with a large brown head. Big bitter hop aroma. Flavor was mostly hops, some pine and citrus notes. Mild maltiness which lends to the slight sweetness in the finish. Good.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle 10/10/07: Very dark brown w/a lasting light beige head... Great lacing! Strong citrusy & piney hop up front! Bready malt, and very subtle roasted grain aromas. A touch of alcohol in the nose and some light caramel notes. Hop dominant flavor, but not as strong as the nose. More well balanced between bready malt and soapy, piney hop flavor. Very, very, light roast & chocolate dark grains in the finish. Light grassy and herbal hops in the aftertaste. Dry finish w/ resiny hops.. sort of sharp! Medium body, lower medium CO2, well hidden alcohol, but dry m/f from hops and alcohol. Very interesting beer and nice use of the dark malts to add some complexity. Definitely hop dominant, and I’d like to see more malts in the flavor, but that’s just me! Very nice dark IPA though!