cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown color, almost black, with a sizeable tan head. Aroma is nice pine needle. Taste is different than the smell lets on. Sure, the hops are present, but there is a bit of a roasty background as well. The roasted background compliments the hoppy foreground nicely. Makes for an easy drinking, enjoyable beer.
Speedle (266) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
dark brown near black pour with a huge dark tan head.....giant citrus hops aroma ...bitter hop pine taste with a great roasted malt balance...incredible beer...gonna stock up on a couple of these now...I donít thin I can handle holding onto this one for a while but Iím gonna try
slitcher (266) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with a medium tan head. Aromas of hops and caramel. Hops up front in the taste with bittersweet cocoa in the background. Very unique and delicious.
mxtur (266) - Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This one got me trashed for some reason. It was surprisingly smooth and very unique. I loved it.
mensch (265) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not really fair to rate this with other Black IPAs, because like most Stone brews itís nearly a double, @ 8.7% and 90 IBUs. A big nose of piney and perfumey hops with some roast malt in there. Awfully well balanced, a touch of sweetness plays with fragrant hops, and then the dark malt and hop bitters intertwine seamlessly. SuperYum.
coachd (265) - Missouri, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like a DIPA, only better. It has subtle roasty chocolate qualities. The hops are still there, but you can tell thereís a lot more going on. Interesting contrast in appearance - the beer is jet black with a nearly white head. The foam just refuses to go away. Taste is similar to the smell. Roast and bitter chocolate up front, some soy sauce and faint black licorice with an aftertaste that has the signature Stone assault on the taste buds. The palate is better than most IPAís - perhaps Iím biased; dark beers always seem to have a better palate in my opinion. Black IPAís are hit and miss with me, but this is one of the better ones I have tried. Right now, Iím thinking it is even better than Firestone Walker Wookey Jack.
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
think itís hilarious what name recognition does. I tried a VERY similar beer last week called BarrelHouse Boss Cox Double Dark IPA and all the reviews are substantially lower than here. Pours a very dark ruby, almost black with a couple fingers of lacy tan head that stays well. Smells of grassy hops and a little malt. Tastes malty with bitter almost pineapple hops with a different hop profile that Iím now realizing is particular to this style. Medium in the mouth with good carbonation. Took a little time to finish. The better of the two Dark IPAs that Iíve tried. Though itís not a bad style, I still prefer is predecessor.
bpr77 (264) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black ipa, apparently. Aroma is stone ipa but black ipa anywwya this beer rocks, of course.
popephred (263) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from the bottler into a snifter. Pour produced a brown-black body, with a quickly diminishing head of tan,no lacing. Alcohol, coffee, and pine are the dominant notes in the aroma. A balanced bittersweetness, with some roasted coffee notes, make this a strong flavored ale, though I am not picking up on a complex palate, which would make this a great beer.
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2008 Served cold from bottle. Pours dark brown/black with a fairly thick off-white head. Good lacing. Aroma is sweet with malts and some citrus-y flavors. Not particularly flavorful as far as I am concerned. The hops overshadow any of the other ingredients, which is fine, but I look for more flavor in a "strong ale". If I was in the mood for an ESB or an extreme IPA, thatíd be one thing, but I guess due to the uniqueness of this beer and the quality output Stone normally produces, the 11th left something to be desired.