jfb (3153) - GERMANY - SEP 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) pours a slightly hazy dark ruby-brown colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of herbal hops, milk chocolate, cappuccino, brown sugar, caramel and nettles. flavour is mostly the same, slightly empty and burnt, with notes of roasted malts, some alcohol and gooseberries in the medium roasted-bitter finish. slightly thin-bodied with average carbonation.
bartlebier (835) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - SEP 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottles, bought at Mondial de la bière, Mulhouse. Gorgeous dark red pour with stable mocha head. Exotic floral aroma promises an IPA suave as a cocktail of dark wild berries and elegant dark malts. Taste experience is as merciless as Stone’s sense of self-satisfaction, a power source probably strong enough to supply their brewery with everlasting smug energy: interlocking degrees of charred malt, liquorice bitter and class A hop pine and unripe citrus rind bitter, with some blackberry thrown in for good measure; counterbalance of slight malt sweetness and more subtle floral notes as it warms up; no trace of ABV whatsoever, hence masterfully executed like a clinical attack of the palate; lingering astringent aftertaste. A lasting relationship with this beer would thrive on the inherent sadomasochism of its recipe: Lots to admire, bitter hard to love, dangerous to find yourself craving.
scub (6) - Liberty, Missouri, USA - SEP 15, 2013 does not count
2.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours black from a 22 ounce bottle. Believe this is my first try at black IPA and can't say I'm a fan. Good aroma but just to much bitters for my taste.
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WallyG3 (1) - La Verne, California, USA - SEP 13, 2013 does not count
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
Good example of the style, but I think the bitterness is a bit harsh. I know a lot of people like the bite, but I prefer a smoother bitterness.
stretchfest (79) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A big sexy black IPA. Deep dark color with a reddish hue. Hoppy aroma and a hop-forward flavor with a roasty-sweet backbone.
la1965 (31) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Smells great 22 oz bottle. Frickin souring on palate. Decent roast. Great use of hops. Meh on mouthfeel. May be bad bottle.
Lonick (243) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spicy with a wee hint of floral on the nose. This is huge on the tongue with a spice kick with Christmas cake to the fore, also Dutch licorice, what a wonderful beer
jeremugohio (82) - springboro, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a nice beer. I am a big fan of black IPA and this did not dissapoint. Nice subtle floral aroma, appearance is solid dark with good head. Good smooth taste. Stone is quickly becoming one of my favorite
akoeninger (266) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tan head, piney, resinous aroma with hints if roasted malt. Loads of hop flavor nicely undergirded by the black roasted malt. One of the better black IPA I've had. Very tasty goes great with pizza.
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bpreo (1312) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A high alcohol content Black, Double, Imperial India Pale Ale. Very dark, and very tasty. Worth the bottle price.