alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours mahogany with ample tan head. Aroma is roast, apples, some spice with hints of alcohol. Flavor is a nice balanced strong flavor. Citrus hops, some oak, roastiness, more apples and plum. Nice hop and roast flavor on the finish. This is really drinkable. The alcohol lends minimal heat - but be careful - it’s there alright! Good stuff!
adavis234 (286) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2010
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Appearance is dark brown/black shot through with a bit of ruby when you hold it up to the light.. Two finger tan head. Nice, soft citrus-hop aroma. Flavor starts out with grapefruit citrus hops, transitions into a malty, smoky, chocolatey flavor, and then finishes with a tingle of alcohol and grapefruit again with a lingering smokiness in the back of the throat. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this beer when I picked up at Greens, but as usual Stone doesn’t treat me wrong. A nice St. Pat’s day present to myself.
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 5, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark and thin dark head. Very opaque. Taste is surprisingly light and fruity! Grapefruit and lots and lots of hops, just like Stone is known for... GREAT beer. Balanced and has a dry finish. Big fan.
toml219 (285) - California, USA - FEB 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into shaker pint. ..... Pours black with nice tan head................. . ....
Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - OCT 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Enjoyed this flavor bomb at a Stone promo. Poured pitch black with a small dirty white head. Smelled and tasted very hoppy and finished with a sweet malty taste. A very unique and delicious style of beer.
cryptobard (281) - DENMARK - AUG 22, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2011 From the bottle and from a growler. Poured almost black. Smells of roasted malt and smoke. Taste has lots going on, from malt up front to fruits in the background to lingering hops.
Jasond612 (281) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
5/29/14 at CBO. Really liked this one. $3.29 bottle drank in store one of the better balanced black IPAs I've had. Great mix of hop and malts.
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Markm2151 (280) - toledo, USA - NOV 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black body, tan fizzy head. Excellent balance of malt, bitterness, and alcohol.
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2010 22 oz bomber shared with Judah! Thanks Judah! Poured a deep dark brown with a tan foamy head. The nose was rich cocoa, big floral hops, smoke, toffee, and burnt caramel. The taste was very hoppy with caramel and chocolate malt, fig, raisin, smoke lingering, and woody like pine. The mouthfeel was creamy, mildly thick, and decently balanced. A great Black IPA!
12many (277) - Alaska, USA - JUN 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting. Very dark burgundy/black with a lot of hops in the nose, but then as you drink the malt becomes very apparent. This was very smooth, surprising, and good.