generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - JUL 18, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The body has an opaque dark black color with a thick light tan head on top. The head is long lasting and makes for tons of cool lacing on the glass. The aroma has solid roasted and toasted maltiness with caramel like sweetness backed up by equally solid citrusy hops. Its deep maltiness sets up a firm base for the hops to work there bitter magic. From the base malt I get firm toasted and roasted character with loads of caramel like sweetness that weaves in and out of the dominate hops. The hops bring a big hit of citrus and pine like bitterness. Notes of grapefruit, lime, bitter orange and pine resin hang onto the tongue long into the slow fading finish. The big full body brings a heavy slow sipping and sticky texture with just enough carbonation to keep things from getting cloying.
Zymurgeist2 (1080) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to pint glass. Roast and slight citrus on the nose. Deep and dark with full brown head. Taste is a little too roasty, with the hops in reserve.
erickok (3745) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - JUL 14, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black bodied, beige head. Hugely hoppy aroma, pine and spruce. So much that despite the roasted malts you could identify this as a straight ipa in a blind tasting. Even more so in the taste, very bitter, delicious, rich aroma. Love this style and adore this beer. Well balanced between dark malts yet never dimming down the raw hop appeal. Great brew! (65cl bottle shared with Darren and Bertanne, from Saveur Bière)
ibrubeer (137) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 9, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft @ Yard House. Pleasant, floral aroma. Dark color with ruby highlights. Flavor is floral with a nice citrus taste. Good body. Mostly an IPA, but you can taste a little dark malt in there too. Very nice!
bigda83 (259) - Jamestown, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep black with no head and seemed like little to no carb. Wasn’t a bad thing though. This was a little like a porter to me. Aroma was nice and I caught some sweet malts with caramel and vanilla along with some bitter citrus hops. Taste was very good and all the flavors came together nicely. Nicely bitter and I didn’t notice any alcohol in it. Solid offering from a great brewery.
stevoj (2292) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nicely done black IPA, lots of roast grain and hop bitterness without being overwhelming. Black with abundant beige head, smell mostly of roast grains, hops come in at the taste. Nice mellow bitter finish, some lingers, making you want more.,
fitwitchik (361) - USA - JUL 7, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bomber into a snifter glass darkest black brown with a tan head.
Aroma is roasted sweetness. Slight coffee.
Flavor cocoa sweet with a grassy hops to follow. The burnt roasted bitterness.
Balanced beautifully. Stone did one better than many---if you are a serious black IPA fan.
saintjulien (154) - - JUL 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
coffee, roasty, grass, herbs, soy sauce, black, brown foam, light sweetness, very bitter, lightly sour, full body, slick feel, average carbonation, bitter
Nsanders (545) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Union Rooftop. Deep red brown with a creamy tan head. Strong roasted malts, light chocolate, and viney/resiny hops. Taste starts with a mocha sweetness quickly interrupted with the resiny bitterness. Foamy feel.
DavidS80 (14) - - JUL 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I am not a huge fan of Black IPA's or CDA's whatever you like to call them, but this one is an exception. Roasty with hints of chocolate. The bitterness from the hops balances with the bitterness of the malt. Very well balanced beer.