gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - APR 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
My first thought after tasting this is we have a new blend here.. IPP... India Pale Porter. Dark with a light brown head, with a sweet aroma that is followed by a surprisingly bitter hopppy flavor. Iím not a big fan of the IPA bitter hoppiness, but if you like it, youíll love this. EDIT - As Iíve let this sit and warm to the glass, the bitterness has lessened, and this is pleasingly easy to drink. Still the hoppy aftertaste, but this is quite a complex beer to enjoy. For that I give it a couple extra points.
georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown opaque with a thin head. The aroma was apricots and floral hoppiness. The taste hits like a strong IPA followed by a stout. A complex and interesting beer.
Gluepot (295) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Right from the nose, you know what you are getting into here -- take-no- prisoners earthy, grassy hops on a rich roasted malt base. The heavy hop tastes get right back into your jowls, and sustain predictably well. A challenging, dark heavy-weight black IPA. A standard bearer, for sure.
Tselloufc88 (294) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Petaluma Market. Completely black appearance with a biege-white head. Aroma is of pine and grapefruit with some chocolate and coffee also present. Creamy taste, lots of grapefruit initially, then the chocolate, coffee and vanilla comes in and it all comes together with a nice big bitter finish. Tastes no where near 8.7%! Really delicious. Glad I tried this!
mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh, I donít care for this beer one bit. Too hoppy and the malt hasnít really developed much. Too smoky and roasty too. However, I sat on a bottle for like 6 months, and gave it another try, and holy crap itís amazing! It balances out so much better. The hoppiness dies down considerably, the smokiness too. The roasty maltiness tones down a ton too. Really smooths out and becomes extremely enjoyable.
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours a dark almost black brown, totally opaque with a big fluffy grayish tan head. Aroma of some roasted malts and floral hops. Flavor is maltyand roasty. Chocolatey and creamy body and flavor with plenty of hops to go around. Medium bitterness. Hops are pretty much all floral and flowery with a slight hint of citrus mostly obscured by the roasty coffee and chocolate. I am amazed at how well these flavors go together.
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This smells and tastes like dry-hopped cough syrup. I like a lot of Stone stuff, but this one didnít do it for me.
anderson01 (292) - Idaho, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
There is many things going for the aroma. The smell of pine and hay are noticable. Has a roasted smell with a little black licorice follow up. Has a good head with a black coffee color. Has the best lacing i have seen so far. It has medium carbonation with a decent finish. It starts with a pleasant sweet flavor and ends with a bitter chocolate flavor. Overall the longer it stays in my mouth the worse it gets. For the price i would buy it again. I think stone brewery is a great brewery.
Fech (291) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stoneís top brew in my mind. Great flavor. Dark brown basically black pour. Malty, notes of coffee, cream and spices.
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with cream head. Burnt malt with earthy aromas. Medium carbonation with moderate to heavy and super creamy body. Taste is chocolate malts with light pine to go with rich earthy hops that have a satisfying bitterness.