TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep brown that looks impresively dark in the glass, but the flavor is much closer to a typical IPA. Bright citrus hops are balanced out with some mildly sweet malty tones. Quality stuff.
dalfaro86 (309) - Mexico City, MEXICO - NOV 24, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cerveza color café obscuro, casi negro, aroma intenso con notas de malta tostada y frutas tropicales (Por el alto contenido de Lúpulo, cabeza firme que se retiene hasta que terminas la cerveza, cuerpo completo, alto contenido de lúpulo, alto contenido alcohólico; en cuanto al sabor, es cremoso, maltoso, con notas de café y chocolate, pero a la vez tiene notas frutales por el Lúpulo, digamos que tiene el sabor que obtendrías de mesclar un Porter con una IPA.
Simplemente una de las mejores cervezas que he probado, Stone Brewery no deja de sorprenderme, toda su linea es altamente recomendable.
quiznoaz (309) - Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Floral aroma with molasses undertone. Smooth initial flavor switches quickly to a kick in the mouth by a pine tree (fortunately not a real tree). Pretty good.
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very dark pour, almost a ’dark ipa’ in its own way. The smell has strong notes of green vegetables like bruseel sprouts. The simco hops are prevalent in both the smell and the initial taste, however they are very well balanced so as not to be too bitter on the palate. This is an excellent hoppy beer. Another stone classic.
thefederalist (307) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - NOV 12, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was really worried about not liking this. But I find it much less deficient than most attempts at a IIPA or impy stout. The people at Stone know what they are doing.
GSH1976 (307) - Delaware, USA - FEB 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one of the best beers I have ever had. Stone is a top notch brewer. The beer pours black with some tan head. Carbonation is low. The aroma is hoppy with some pine and citrus evident but there is also some subdued caramel malt sweetness. The taste is initially bitter but there are awesome some malt notes and the finish is a lingering bitterness. I love the balance between malts and hops. The body is on the light side and the alcohol is hidden extremely well. A very nice beer that I will be purchasing again in the very near future.
Slubgob (306) - West Hartford, USA - SEP 24, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber into tulip. Stout like darkness and thick of white creamy head in the glass. Malty, cocoa nose. Full mouth, nearly like a hoppy, light porter. Not quite the ale I was expecting but I can see where the black ipa designation comes from.well balanced, more malt finish with a good bit of hops bit not overdone.dangerously easy drinking for 8.7%.
eruizgarcia (306) - - SEP 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle, poured almost black with a thin tan head. Bitter hops rule, with some malty sweetness upfront. Strong alcohol taste. Very good to drink slowly.
Homebrewerguy (305) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is my first black IPA and I must say I’m impressed, both negatively and positively. Most everything seems to be done very well in the marriage of dark malts and citrus hops. Very hoppy aroma but a very malty flavor of dark malts. What I don’t like is the odd combination of flavors in this beer. I prefer more traditional hops for this dark beer (more herbal or flowery). The hops overwhelm the palate about halfway through the glass so you’re basically drinking an AIPA anyway.
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smokey, bitter, oaken aroma, opaque black in color. Similar flavor, very high hop bitterness and mild grassy flavor, with a sweet malty backdrop. Slight alcohol burn, but consistent with the style.