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.
beer-yum (357) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another aptly named (aren’t they all) brew from Stone. Brilliantly hop forward but balanced. As good as it is from the tap/bottle - it only gets better as it warms up. Delicious (with a capital D).
conway (1128) - - APR 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle dark cola colored with a tan head. Aroma and taste are both citrusy hops and chocolate and roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel and carb. Slightly sticky. Very good.
arnold931 (180) - Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours almost black with thin tan head. Little lacing. Some grapefruit in the nose. Hoppy flavor. Gooood!
dliberto (81) - Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Drank from bottle. Smells of wood, chocolate, coffee, nuts, and hops. Tastes of resin, pine, chocolate, citrus. Heavy carbonation, Heavy mouth feel. Absolutely amazing
DarkSong (277) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. It pour a dark black with a tiny quickly fading tan head. It has a wonder citrus and pine hop aroma with a hint of tangerine. This is by far the best Black IPA I’ve ever had. I has a wonderfully complex and intense citrus and pine hop flavors which are backed up amazingly well with the dark malt. This is an outstanding beer.
Renobob (452) - Besançon, FRANCE - APR 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bue à la pression. Une bière magnifique, corpulente et équilibrée. On y retrouve tout ce qu’on aime dans une Black IPA. Excellent !
EyeAmBaldman (122) - Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours opaque dark mahogany with a thick tan head. Leaves good lacing in the glass. Aroma is hops, grapefruit. Taste is bitter hops, grapefruit, roasted malt, dark chocolate...Wow, what an interesting flavor. Excellent black IPA.
skoll (415) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into Tulip glass from bottle, pours almost completely black with slight ruby tints when held up to the light, more or less looks exactly like a porter. Huge fruity notes on the nose-- tangerine, nectarines, grape fruit-- very much like a DIPA. Taste is IPA style bitter fruitiness along with bitter dark chocolate, fresh cocoa and coffee grounds coming into the mix as the beer warms up. Tasty and unique beer.
Jimthechap (1482) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Great New Zealand Beer Festival. Appears dark mahogany in colour with a pungent aroma of fragrant and herbaceous hops. Resinous and grassy impressions from the nose. To taste, there is an odd balance of green hops, molasses and dark malts. There was a very generous lengthy finish and an enduring satisfaction.
Frahmo (224) - Idaho, USA - MAR 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice thin black pour with a brown head. Great hop aroma. Malty backdrop with a nice mix of hops. Not overpowering or over bitter. Very smooth drinker. This guy went down smooth and was gone before I knew it.