blackmurder (226) - sadf, Hawaii, USA - MAR 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hybrid stout mixed with an IPA done very well. Rich Burnt malts and hops take the main stage.
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - SEP 11, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had a tasting at the Stone 11th Festival, I really liked this! Poured dark, light creamy head, very hoppy and smooth. I can taste some citrus and smoke in there, very awesome brew!!
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Not really sure what a "Black IPA" is, but thought I would give it a try. Pours a mostly opaque black with a small light tan head. Smells of malt, hints of citrus, hops, and a bit of sweetness. Bizarre smell compared to the sight. The taste is just as unique, as it mixes the complexities of an IPA, stout, and possibly even a brown ale all in one, with lots of sweet malt, but also the balance of citrus and hops. Decent body to it also, with a pleasant aftertaste and some sticky mouthfeel to it. Overall, very different, but quite impressive.
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great brew, pours black with little head that disapears rapidly into a lacy ring. Has smoky roasted malts for the flavor and hints of chocolate. Alcohol is well hidden and balanced with the deep flavor of this dark beast.
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours out dark black with a brown head. Nice and hoppy with a roasted malty taste. Its part IPA and part porter or stout. Nice finish bitter but creamy and smooth.
nefarious (220) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Murky dark brown pur with a cream colored carbonated fluffy head. Chocolate, fruits and a malty earthy flavor that I dont much care for.....a little odd. Bitter finish mild hops. I’m dissapointed by this I think I may have a had bad bottle cause stone is usually solid. If I get the chance I would like to try it again
NPRugby11 (219) - New York, USA - JUL 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Has the trademark smell of a good Imperial IPA, looks just like Coke on the pour. Fantastic toasty chocolate/caramel taste with a hoppy finish, Stone gets it right again, the arrogant bastards!
hophead21112 (218) - Louisville, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black pour with "garnet edge" (BrotherGrendel), tan head with good retention and lacing. Hops all over the aroma, could smell them as soon as I cracked open the bottle. Roasted malty sweetness present and a little alcohol, but very hop-forward on the nose. Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Extremely complex brew with citrus and pine at the beginning and roasted sweet malt at the middle. Good balance. Bitter finish with a touch of alcohol, but very well hidden overall. Great cold weather brew for the hop heads!
Tilley4 (218) - Huron, Tennessee, USA - JAN 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a really good beer. Its sort of a hybrid between a Porter and an IPA.
Beautiful dark color with a tight head that takes forever to fade out.
Smells fairly hoppy but also kind of dark and smoky as well. Very interesting.
Hoppy and smoky. Sounds weird together but that’s the best way I can describe it. Very oily mouthfeel that leads to an extended bitterness at the end. Not unpleasant but doesn’t really do anything for the experience either.
I liked the beer and if I can find it, I will be getting this one again. Stone rocks...
Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Parkway. Dark red-brown pour with a light tan head leaving moderate lace. Spruce and cut-grass hop nose leading into an Arrogant Bastard-like body. Solid, medium-heavy body with whisky, chocolate and coffee notes. Bitter and umami, with a touch of sweetness in the beginning and middle. Half a pint is adequate, but that’s not a bad thing.