JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber. Very dark brown/black beer topped with a thick dark tan head. The aroma is fairly hoppy up front, pine and resiny, hops with a bit of bright citrus. Initially, hops dominate the aroma and the malts are barely detectable. Flavour is also very hoppy with loads of fresh pine and citrus. There is a light milk chocolate aroma that comes up as the temperature does. There is a bit of coffee flavour in here as well. Further warming brings out the fruiter citrusy/juicy character of the hops. Peppery and fairly alcoholic. Very creamy texture with chocolate coming out a little bit as well. Malts appear to be fairly well developed although the hops never leave IIPA territory. Sticky and resiny with a lingering pine finish. Nice beer.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - OCT 4, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice looking opaque brown body with a lasting tan head. Globs of sticky lace cling to the glass. Aroma of pine, citrusy grapefruit, and hints of dark chocolate and roasty malts. Taste has a slight dark roasted malt bitterness that is overwhelmed by the hops. Lots of citrusy grapefruit and pine cone hoppiness. A hint of anise underneath. Sharp bitterness as it warms seems to stem from dark roasty malts and hops. No hint of the alcohol. This would be a nice regular release, I think.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. As dark as brown can get, thick creamy/foamy brown head that stays thick for the whole beer. Incredibly rich flavor of burned coffee and malts, hints of chocolate, and a lot more Iím not smart enough to describe. Clean finish, mildly warm alcohol burn. As good as it can get on a cold day.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(draught at the brewery restaurant) the bartender called is a "black IPA" - he wasnít lying. black wtih tan head. Hops aroma. Flavor is pine and citrus hops with roast malt. Excellent
bigdummy (2) - Ramona, California, USA - OCT 3, 2007 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
My favorite Anni IPA from Stone so far. Black and frothy, nice creamy mouthfeel, citrusy rather than piney hops and lots and lots of them. They balance a very dark sweet and malty brew to perfection.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. sampled pretty fresh. thanks to dickinsonbeer for 4 of these bad boys. pours very dark brown with slight dark ruby tint to it, with off white head. nose has nice PNW hop notes but it isnít exploding, perhaps due to the balance of roast in there. mainly grapefruit hop notes with roast and toffee. flavor is hoppy but again, this isnít double ipa hoppy, the roastiness sorta cuts through it. piney and grapefruity hop profile with nice big toffee and roasted malt notes. they really pulled it off, big ipa flavor with roasty and sweet malt notes. i wonder if this will age well?
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Pours with a tight head over a dark brown body; cookie dough, caramel, grapefruit and pine hop aroma; roasty and malty, initially, chocolate and grapefruit notes; dense body and very hoppy, bitter finish to balance; very tasty. This would be even better aged out a little.
jefcon (1633) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich, deep brown with a drift of dark tan head which lasts and lasts. Vibrant aromas of hops, cloves, cinnamon and baked apple -- a hint of sweet citrus lemon, too. With a heavy, viscous mouthfeel, the beer slides across the tongue. Bitter chocolate, roasted malts, earth, the simcoe hops cut right through the dark malty beer with a serious acidic bitterness. Black IPA, huh? Iíll buy it. This is an outstanding American beer.
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is another example of a beer I canít quite seem to understand or wrap my head around, so I had to buy a few bottles before I felt confident enough I could rate it. The deep dark brown ale creates a large fluff of head that lingers around for a long period of time. I smell a light roast malt aroma along with some noticeable hops that has me interested to take a taste. As I begin to define the flavor, Iíll safely say itís a strange cross pollination sort of speak of lightly toasted malt and classic west coast signature hops. A truly interesting drink with originality, it is surely anniversary ale that will stand out in Stoneís catalog of anniversary ales. At least I was fortunate enough to have had the chance to enjoy this unique black IPA.
milewide (2039) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2007
4.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2007 Wonderful fruity aroma and taste, with very bitter aftertaste. Excellent! Medium black color. Medium body. I didnít catch much roasted malt flavor. I want this year around!