AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Being a black IPA I was expecting more burnt/roasted malt flavors. But it’s more of an IPA than anything else. Although it is black in color the huge citrusy hops are really all I smell or taste. I guess there’s so much hops they cover everything else up! Still a damn good beer.
hopscotch (10080) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2008 Bottle (tried again at RBSG ’08)… This beer rocks!... The wet Simcoe hops definitely kicked this baby’s flavor up a notch... from 3.8 to 4.0... Origninal rating... Clear, deep, dark mahogany ale with a large, creamy, beige head. Great retention. Big-time grapefruit smacks me right in the nose. Lesser, burnt notes of charcoal and ash. There’s dark chocolate in here as well, but make no mistake, the hops run the show. Sweet caramel and chocolate flavor right up front; then tannic, abrasive, pine needle and grapefruit pith bitterness. Full-bodied and astringent with medium carbonation. Burnt, bitter-as-hell, dry-as-hell finish. Thanks to growler for sending this one my way!
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark pour, huge frothy sticky lacing of that tan head. Hoppy aroma, citrus, fruits, definate cereals. Avg pal. Nice overly bitter, touch of grassiness in the finish. Bitter front w/ good caramel and alcohol overly prevelant. Not to bad, had better.
jhanske (18) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Truly deceptive! I held my initial purchase up to the flourescent lights in the grocery store to check the color and was thoroughly stumped and intrigued. At home I was convinced I was tasting a malty concotion. Instead I was treated to a black IPA!!!. I had to confirm what I was tasting with my wife and my son. ( He hates bitter and knew by the smell this beer was bitter!!!). Well needless to say I ended up purchasing a case of 22oz’s. Hats off to Stone for such a singular beer. Potent and mysterious, strong and unforgiving. This beer insists upon your full attention and respect. I handed out three of the 22oz from my case and all the recipients had different yet positive repsonses to this ale. Certainly an ale for the ages!
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 13, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black in color with a large and lasting head. Hop and some citrus aromas. Bitter grapefruit taste and finish.
beisen (90) - California, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours almost pitch black with a short tan head. A little reddish tint if you hold it to the light. I expected it to be more IPA than it is, because of the cryptic words on the label. The color threw that out the window, plus the roasted maltiness and the coffee tones. Of course, Stone wouldn’t be complete without strong hops, and they win the day in the end. Nice and complex. It strikes a balance between a porter and an IPA.
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2007
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22oz bottle. Pours black, very nice tan foam that has great retention and lacing. Huge piney aroma, I get the simcoe and the chinook, there’s also a slight medicinal character hidden just under the hops. Flavor starts off all about the hops, and great hop they are but quickly fades into a more of the strange medicinal flavor and a long lasting and annoying bitterness. Started off so good and finished so weak. Any by the way, WTF is a BLACK india PALE ale?
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2009 Pours dark reddish brown with a fully receding tan head. Aroma of fresh hops, notes of citrus, mango, pine, toffee and tropical fruits. Taste is resinous and hoppy, with notes of grapefruit, mango, and dark toffee. Mouthfeel full bodied, resinous with lively carbonation. Despite the dark color, the hops are very dominant in this beer.
LinusStick (3001) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
An outstanding concept...a black IPA. Aroma of mostly citrus hops with a little must. Pour was a beautiful deep dark murky brown with a two finger tan (yes tan) head. Taste was deep and musty with mostly citrus hops in the front. Under the tongue this is a wierd coffee/roast thing going on up to the swallow. Then a combination of both in the aftertaste. Slight alcohol burn in the throat also. As the commercial description says, neither overwhelms the other, but the hops definately win the war.
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 13, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2010 Pours deep brown-black, almost like a porter, with medium-thick frothy tan head. Great complex hop nose, with notes of citrus, floral, and pine hops shining through complimented by sweet roasty molasses malts. Flavor is also extremely complex, with a good amount of hop bitterness offset with chocolate, brown-sugar, and dark fruit malts that really seem to warm up the flavor, finishing with a massive hop bite. Palate is both full and dry, making for an outstanding beer.