Chadski4 (115) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 20, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Perfect pour with light tan head that retains a lot of lacing. The 90 IBU's are definitely present in the bitterness but very balanced and complemented by a hint of coffee and caramel. Very well crafted.
stoutchap (416) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A solid Black IPA. Dark brown, with scarlet hints. Off-white foamy head that leaves some lacing. Light malt nose. Fruity hops, with some roasted malts. Medium carbonation and nice mouthfeel. Tasty.
MoreCoffeePlease (13) - - JUN 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bomber with a best by date of 8/28/2014. AP: very dark brown with ruby tinges under light; pours with a tan head. AR: strong pine, red grapefruit, mandarin oranges and toasted malt. TA: clash of bitter citrus notes and roasted malts, bittersweetness of dark chocolate and earthy tones at the back end. MO: medium bodied, medium carbonation and actually quite dry in the finish. OV: great black IPA, good balance of the bitter hop notes and roasted malt character.
Mittenator (1309) - Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Dark with a tan head. Malt and spicy hops. Sweet chocolate and some hop bitterness.
UXO (219) - CANADA - JUN 13, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours a deep cola red with two fingers of persistent tan head, heavy lacing. Nose is piney and earthy hops with a hint of citrus, dark roasty malt, coffee and chocolate. Taste starts out with sweet malt but is quickly overtaken by astringent dry bitterness. Medium bodied and creamy, with a lingering bitter finish and gentle warming.
Wow - big and bombastic, sublimely self-righteous, indeed. Take all the best characteristics of stout and IPA, and combine. No caramel malt here, itís all dark and roasty goodness. I donít care if it makes me look like an amateur with the RateBeer crowd, I donít see thereís any possible way to improve on this, and so donít see how I can give this anything less than a perfect score.
Randy4Beer (179) - - JUN 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours jet black with a mocha head.
Aromas of rum soaked raisins, pine resin.
Tastes of raisins with bitter hops. Some molasses.
Overall very hard to describe with flavors not quite like anything I have experienced.
keanex (1458) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Best before June 5, 2014.
Appearance: The body appears black but through light a deep clear garnet hue is shown. The tan head explodes from the body with excellent retention.
Aroma: Piney and grapefruit immediately with prominent roast, sweet malts and caramel. Very nice smelling actually, nicely balanced and enticing.
Taste: Caramel and chocolate are prominent up front, but not huge in flavor. Overlying the malt base is a piney/earthy mild to moderate bitterness. Dark chocolate and raisins are on the finish.
Palate: Medium bodied, mild to moderate carbonation.
Overall: A little past date, but Stone puts such short enjoy by dates anyway. This tastes a tad oxidized, but overall itís very nice. Iíll try this fresher for sure.
Jerm719 (110) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The standard for excellence in a black ipa. Roasted malt, citrus/ piney hops. Burnt lemon, pale malts, smoke, caramel, blackend toast. Balanced, with a long hoppy finish. One of the most popular black IPAs, and for a reason, itís excellent!
Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle (enjoy by 7/10/14) poured into nonic pint. Deep cola color with an impressive three-finger creamy light beige head that seems to last forever. Aroma is resinous, piney hops with roasted malt undertones. Flavor follows suit, with initial hoppiness giving way to roasted complexity. The mouthfeel is much creamier than I was expecting. While I donít enjoy this quite as much as Stoneís standard IPA offerings, itís still great.
coachd (108) - Missouri, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like a DIPA, only better. It has subtle roasty chocolate qualities. The hops are still there, but you can tell thereís a lot more going on. Interesting contrast in appearance - the beer is jet black with a nearly white head. The foam just refuses to go away. Taste is similar to the smell. Roast and bitter chocolate up front, some soy sauce and faint black licorice with an aftertaste that has the signature Stone assault on the taste buds. The palate is better than most IPAís - perhaps Iím biased; dark beers always seem to have a better palate in my opinion. Black IPAís are hit and miss with me, but this is one of the better ones I have tried. Right now, Iím thinking it is even better than Firestone Walker Wookey Jack.