koleminer20 (1857) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. Enjoyed on September 19 at Travisí house. Poured from a 22 oz bottle labeled as Stone 11th Anniversary that was produced in 2007. Should be interesting. The pour is great. Itís a dark brown with some ruby or garnet shining through and a couple fingers of an off white head that leaves some decently soapy lace. The aroma is definitely oxidized up front. There is some leather, and a little bland old hoppiness. There is a good roast present, and a light bitterness that is sure to have faded over time. I would have liked to try this fresh, but I suppose I can go buy a Sublimely Self Righteous if I feel the need. The flavor is more oxidized. There is a little hoppiness, and maybe some decent roast, but this one had just blended together into a roasty, oxidized fluid with a hint of bitterness. Itís disappointing. The mouth feel is thin and light with an off carbonation and a lingeringly roasted, oxidized finish. Might need to get a Sublimely...
Hopmaestro (1141) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is rosated and hoppy with hints of chocolate and licorice. The smooth and slight grassy hops brings a refreshing taste to this mighty fine brew. Pleasant bitterness.
katrinaez (1093) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very heavy. Super thick and not to hoppy but very even and balanced. Fills the whole mouth and sticks. Tap and bottle
gegwilson (2795) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Rehills of Jesmond. Pours deep brown, almost black with a big lasting cream head. The aroma is sweet with pine and cocoa. The taste is big and bitter pine followed by smooth dark chocolate. Moderate spice too. Very drinkable. Sublime indeed.
Birronauta (8) - San Severino Marche, ITALY - JUN 30, 2015 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Almost perfect as Black IPA style. Black color and a little bit cloudy. Aroma is very complex, cacao and coffee and a little of fruit. Perfect balance of malts and hops. Vey creamy, blackberries, coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, grapefruit, orange, sweetnes from the caramel malt, bread, pine, roasted notes, and some citrus. Very bitter.
Creamy, oily texture. Medium body e medium carbonation.
This is real Black IPA, no compromise.
One of my favourite black ipaís ever.
Martinus (4354) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JUN 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black colour, beige head. Aroma of cacao, red berries, quite fruity, coffee, citrus. Quite bitter flavour, coffee, citrus, hops, grapefruit, pineapple, berries. Finish coffee, straw, fruity hops. Lingering bitter. Nice.
(from 66cL bottle @ home. Thanks for the bottle, Tim!)
Quick3Beers (781) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 20, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a black from a bottle with a white head, good lacing. Sweet roasty smell, overly sweet flavor. Bitter finish. Okay beer.
craftbeersweden (527) - SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I got this bottle in a Stone Mixe Pack 2014 and Iíve tried it before but not reviewed it. This is my last bottle so this is the time to correct this!
The beer pours dark brow with a red tone and a two finger high beige-brown head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass! FInally the head sinks down to a 2 mm layer on top of the beer, still creamy and fluffy.
Nose: Wow! Fantastic nose! Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, cream, vanilla, orange, alcohol, toffee, butter, herbs, smoke and dried fruit.
Taste: Oh, this is so creamy and soft! Black berries, coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, grapefruit, orange, sweetnes from the caramel malt, smoke, pine, roasted notes, dark bread, citrus - a LOT of flavours here!
Body: Medium body and soft carbonation. Creamy, oily texture. Complex flavours. So rich and soft.
This is an excellent beer!
badhack (486) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 12, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Most black IPA go straight for very dark, charcoal malts. This was a refreshing IPA with a balance of dark, cola, coffee and bread crust malts which made it much more drinkable. Everything was well balanced, nothing stood out. Nice citrus hop finish. Pairs well with grilled meats, beef, pork, etc.
Ratpatrol1019 (70) - Palm desert, California, USA - JUN 9, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Jet black pour with tan head. Coffee and hop, aroma. Very well done and n aroma. Taste is very light coffe and dark malts ...obvious hop backend. Slightly dry finish a great blend of hops and dark malts.