Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown, huge tan head, oily lacing. Aroma very resinous, pine and citrus zest, not much for malt even as it warms. Flavor I just donít get. Again huge citrus and pine, quickly taken over by a bitter astringency-burnt malt profile and lingering aftertaste. Stone fan for the most part but this one just doesnít do it for me.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is huge citrus hops and slight oakiness- strange. Taste is kinda oaky, tropical, piney, citrus. This is a very interesting beer- the color throws me. The taste is so hop-mixed and intricate, yet over-the-top off balance, itís great. The heat doesnít even make itself known. This is great.
performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2007 I really wish I would have un-opened this one. Pours a brown with large head. Red Garnett when held to the light. Strong hops smell. Tastes fantastic. Citrus base with a hoppy roast finish. Very neutral indeed. Creamy, layered head residue after sips. This Black IPA is awesome.
Speedle (266) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
dark brown near black pour with a huge dark tan head.....giant citrus hops aroma ...bitter hop pine taste with a great roasted malt balance...incredible beer...gonna stock up on a couple of these now...I donít thin I can handle holding onto this one for a while but Iím gonna try
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
AWESOME IPA! This is the real deal in the style. Buy this one and try it!!!
hiddenvariable (207) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours an opaque black with a thick tan head that sticks around and leaves a good lacing. smell is huge floral and citrus hops that mingle with the malt and give off a bit of bubblegum, orange, and grapefruit. taste is suprisingly malty for that huge hop nose. the hops are still there in a big way, but now they mix with a sort of chocolate milkshake malt flavor, which ends up tasting a bit breadlike. very yummy. big dry bitter finish and a medium body with a good amount of carbonation give a pleasant tingling sensation that lasts for a while. itís, much like they say, a deep and complex beer that is unlike any iíve had. another great beer from stone.
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer definately isnít for the faint of heart, although I canít think of many Stone brews that are. Definately one of a kind. Worth the try.
rob897 (62) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
chalk up another great beer from Stone, this black IPA is fantastic, loved the hops in this one, definitely unique!
theisti (3734) - Kansas, USA - OCT 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2011
++++ RE-RATE 22 March 2011 ++++
22 oz bomber (Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale) given to me by friends. Pour is a hazed brown auburn with a somewhat loose two inch khaki head. Lasting head, falls with pretty lacing. Aroma is fresh orange citrus and pine hops, along with a gently roasted malt. Fresh and clean nose. Taste is the pine hops, along with the roast malt finishing with a pretty weird peanut shell taste and some hot booze. The after taste is dry, with notes of straw. The palate is medium bodied, though thins out at the finish, which has residual alcohol and entirely dries up the beer. There were aspects of this beer I enjoyed up front, though the thin boozy finish overwhelmed that. Thanks! 8,4,6,3,14 (3.5)
++++ RE-RATE 5 March 2008 ++++
22 oz. bomber (Stone 11th) courtesy of Gregis. Pour is deep brown with ruby and copper highlights. Big, bubbly tan head, that was quite lasting. Aroma of bright pine and citrus hops, with some malty graininess in the background. Taste features more malt than hop, though the hop shines through midway with some nice clean, bright, pine hoppiness. The citrus hop from the nose are also present. The after taste has a nice burnt - roast malt smokiness to it, and is very dry. This tasted as good as I had remembered, and was a bit surprised the hop character was still as strong as it was. Thanks for hauling this one back for me Greg. Bumped overall rating up one overall impression point. 7,4,8,4,16 (3.9)
++++ ORIGINAL RATING 16 October 2007 ++++
22 oz bottle (Stone 11th) shared by mreusch at my tasting, 10/12. Pour is opaque brown with almost no head (tan). Aroma initially of hops, then some malt. Taste is mostly malt, with some nice hop character - very bright at the end. Also get some smokiness. Nice, hope to get my hands on some more. Thanks for sharing Matt. 7,4,8,4,15 (3.8)
pleasesir (14) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at David Copperfields,NYC. Pours porter black w/ espresso coloured head that would of probably stuck aroung longer if I hadnít sucked it down to get at the beer. Deep garnet colour when held to the light. Aroma was at first sprucey with a flowery hop and a little ruby red grapefruit thing going on. But when it warms up you can smell the alcohol along with some brown sugar and a little raisin. Good balanced bitterness at first then all kinds of things happen once you swallow. What the hell is a black IPA? Who knows? Who Cares?? Get it while you can, itís in the bottle everywhere, but thereís nothing like a nice fresh pint on demand!