_angst_ (3256) - Göteborg, - OCT 13, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber bought through Systembolaget. Pours very dark brown with a frothy goldenish brownish white head that slowly dissipates while leaving some thick sticky lacing on the glass. Smell is fruity and roasted with heavily roasted malts, pineapple, salty liquorice, grapefruit rinds, pumpernickel, guanabana (soursop), roasted cookies, burnt caramel, resinous wood, pine, vanilla fudge, passion fruit, tropical fruit hard candy and lemon zest. Taste is slightly sweet, bitter and fruity with roasted malts, grapefruit juice, dark roast coffee, pineapple, guanabana, lychee, burnt cookies, bitter chocolate, pine, resinous wood, anise seed, toffee, lemon zest and orange peal. Mouthfeel is soft, smooth, round and medium bodied. Finish is tiny sweet and bitter with roasted malts, pineapple, lychee, anise seed, ark bread, grapefruit rinds, pine and orange peal. Great, smooth and balanced. I can see why this is the Black IPA benchmark.
markoijelena (943) - Belgrade, SERBIA - APR 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 12 oz at Cika Boban Tasting in Vranovo Serbia.01.04.2015.Taste with cika Boban himself and my bro ippopotamo36!Thank you Alberto and Greek connection?s for this bottle.Pour it daek color with small white head.Taste and aroma of roasted malt, hoppy note, some pepper, cereals.Smooth finish good balanced.Good
Cristobal37 (321) - Canyon Lake, California, USA - APR 6, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a classic example of hype ruining a decent beer. For whatever reason I missed this one at the Anniversary party and managed to go 7 more years without trying it. Now that it’s going to be retired I felt like I had to, especially with a 100 rating! Totally overrated! It’s a simple black ipa, which has been over hopped. It’s one dimensional. Looking forward to Stone’s new beers since this one is going out of rotation.
Bebum (421) - - APR 4, 2015
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear, deep copper, tall amd persistent head.
Full body, intense flavors, smooth texture, nice alcohol heat, outstanding mouthfeel with perfect balance and good length.
Very bitter but well supported by malty sweetness.
Roast and caramel flavors overshadow hops but are nicely complementary.
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ippopotamo36 (599) - Rome, ITALY - APR 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At a great tasting in Vranovo-Serbia, with markoijelena and cika Boban. Bottle. Many thanks to Costantin from the Hoppy imp. Greece. Pours brownish black with an ivory foamy head which leaves drafts when lowers. Nose: roasted malts, orange peel. Mouth: juicy malty feel, Sweet and citrusy as well.
bgold86 (35) - - APR 1, 2015
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Just a crap beer, thankful Stone came to their senses!! Bye bye....
jahshuwuh (476) - USA - MAR 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fairly dark black, border line cola color with half finger light khaki head. Smells of rye, dark malt, anise, piney hops, a little dark fruit. Taste is a dark grain/rye like bitter, burnt charred, cigarette ash, anise, a tiny bit of coffee and chocolate, pine hops. Good representation of the style.
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GarageBrewer80 (125) - SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Svart jordig färg. Liten smutsbrun skumkrona. Doft av rostad malt. Rå besk smak. Torkade fikon, salmiak och starkt kaffe.
FunkyF (270) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska från Sebbe. Svart med beige skum. Doft av choklad, fikon och karamell. Torr med smak av choklad, kaffe och lång beska.
TychoJames (370) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaska systembolaget. Brun kulör med doft av kakao, fikon och rostad malt. Kraftig smak med bra humlebett. Kaffe, mörk choklad och kavring.
TattooJack (221) - Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the bomber, nice high collar on the pour. Hoppy and some surprising fruit accompanies this gritty, dark marvel of a concoction. It’s like having a strong stout without all the annoying sweetness and malt one usually gets. Spicy and strong. "It aint bragging if you can back it up" Dizzy Dean.