celticindian (1) - USA - MAY 22, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Let em start by saying I’m Irish, and damned proud of it. I gre up with great European beers, even though I never had a tase for lighter beverages, I appreciated them. But Guinness and Warstainer Dunkel were always my drinks of choice.
Then, one glorious day, I had my first Arrogant Bastard Ale. What was this?, I asked. An american brew with actual character, bitterness, distinction and real FLAVOR. I was hooked. Since that day I have enjoyed Stone products without reserve. Then this, the apex of the art of brewing, the pinnacle of malt perfection. Amazing. From the appearence, resembling Tyra banks in a glass, to the phenomenal bitterness that recalls a fresh, hurtful divorce, to the finale of aftertaste that is remeniscient of the afterglow of a first sexual experience, this f*&^er rocks. I am only sorry that it’s not readily available on tap. A downer for sure, but I am content, for that moment to indulge in one of the other remakable Stone products while watching the ignorant masses let the yellow runnings of lesser productions wash over their tongues like so much hobo urine over the abandoned city curbs in a derelict metropolis.
davidtjm (313) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at a tasting. Black pour with a caramel creamy head, aroma is strong fruity, light malty, sweet. Taste is malty, alcoholic, light sweetness with light notes of tropical fruits in the background and a bitter finish. Great stuff
Gamin (97) - - AUG 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle about three weeks after it's enjoy by date so keep that in mind. Pours a deep black with a nice head that holds for a little while. Smells mostly of hops (mostly grass) with little to no roastiness noticeable. Taste is bitter up front with a balanced hop character and a bit of roasted malt at the very end. It goes down easy and is complex and interesting. You can't really go wrong with this one. Based on this example I would not be scared off if it's a bit past its enjoy by date, especially if you can get a deal.
fishingcat (9) - Somerset, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2014 does not count
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Half pint at Brewdog Bristol. Poured deep brown, with an enormous creamy white head (it took the barman about 5 minutes to actually get the glass full of beer rather than foam). Aroma is treacle, toast and lightly hoppy. Taste is similar, and a little simplistic. Some citrus comes to the fore, but malt, coffee and treacle are more vividly present. The finish isn’t entirely clean.I suspect a lack of freshness from Brewdog’s taps is responsible for both that and the suppression of the more hop driven components of this beer. A slight disappointment, but I think the blame lies with Brewdog on this one.
Niall73 (1651) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, picked up at GBBF today. Pours a dark reddy brown/black with a nice, chunky off-white head. Aroma has some light floral stuff going on, a little candy and the malty choc and light coffee stuff is hovering in the background. Medium body, medium carbonation. Lovely orange, lemon hoppiness - some light trop fruit too with a little overripeness. Good, tasty malty flavours - light bitter choc, coffee, a hint of treacle, toast. Balance is pretty much spot on. Tasty stuff.
rolfiesb (4) - - AUG 8, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
my favorite black ipa. crisp and smooth. just the right amount of hops and fruit within. this is a winner from stone and one should def. give this a chance.
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Sevenlee (1294) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a beige head. Aroma is malt, roastiness, fruit, citrus, grass and hops. Taste is medium sweet leading to a fruit, roasty and hoppy finish. Damn good!
yiannnos (846) - , CYPRUS - JUL 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Black colour. Floral hop aroma. Bittersweet chocolate. Bitter finish.
BrewTom (244) - - JUL 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at BrewDog Cardiff. Sweet & bitter in a glass. An immensely dark beer with enough sweetness to make sure you don't fall into hell. Caramel coffee with slap on the face hops. Oooohhhh!
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Defreni (2600) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fad: Taster på Stone Brewpub. Brunsort klar øl. Duft af amerikansk humle. Fin lille øl men lider af det samme problem alle Black IPA har for mig. En blanding der ikke skulle være foretaget. Ellers meget vellavet øl.
c_lee_burton (56) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another delicious Stone offering. Great combo of smoke, coffee, hops, citrus, carbonation, and cherry. Wonderful year round brew that’s hearty enough for Winter, yet smooth and crisp enough for Summer.