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.
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 Iím 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 donít 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 youíre basically drinking an AIPA anyway.
Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dar, nearly black pour with a decent tan head. Huge hops and roasted malt aroma. The flavor is great! Hops and touch of the roasted flavor. The alcohol is well hidden and the finish is smooth and dry.
Another home run by Stone.
warhawk91 (302) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - NOV 5, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2013 12 oz. bottle. Black pour with a thin but stubborn khaki head, good lacing. Aroma is off the charts. Big piney hops with citrus, pineapple, mango, earthy dark roast with caramel, coffee. Taste is unique, burnt sugar, coffee plus a hop wallop and bitterness. The sweetness of the pineapple and caramel and bitterness of the coffee and hops play off each other very well. As it warms I am getting a chocolate note as well. Very hop forward but the subtle notes that make up the malt are not lost. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly viscous, smooth carbonation. Black IPAs are tricky and Stone pulls this one off almost flawlessly. Definitely the best and most balanced black IPA Iíve had. ABV is sneaky like an imperial even though itís not categorized as such. Hats off to Stone, great brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
So happy they made the 11th stick around! Pours a dark black with about an inch of head fading away slowly but leaving some nice lacing on the glass with the first few sips. Medium bodied beer. On the aroma I am getting hops, some of that west coast citrus, get those dark roasted malts hiding in there a bit as well. I like what they were going for here and the other black IPAs or beers that are calling themselves this pale in comparison to me. Stone has set the benchmark here.
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a smooth enjoyable black IPA. Kind of a hoppier version of Arrogant Bastard - delightful. I could enjoy this one over and over. Someone else described the pour as "cola", which is right on the mark. Taste is a nice rich malt blend with great hoppiness. Too bad I canít get this locally. Thanks to Updebrew for this one...
radioseer (299) - Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(22 ounce bomber - shaker glass) Pours a opaque black color with tan head that dissapates to less than a half finger length. The smell of this beer knocked me on my ass! Very hoppy aroma, consists of citrus, resin and floral hops. But also has notes of chocolate, espresso coffee and even dark fruits such as figs, dates, raisin and licorice. Taste is of a pleastant heavy bitterness and has a light sweetness. Soft carbonation, full body and great bitter finish.
BrianHagmeier (299) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells exactly like itís name suggests it would. As well, it taste exactly as itís name suggests. Plus, good. Not great but damn good. Itís full of the bitter and chocolate and coffee and with piney and citrus and blah blah ba frackiní blah. Itís a real good black IPA. Iíd recommend it.
mambossa (298) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dense, unwavering dark pour that holds up a brightly sandy head. Beautiful. Notes of roasted coffee and chocolate waft from a distance. A closer nose reveals the amazing tropical citrus, mango, papaya, and floral lemon. The flavor starts round and robustly dark, medium plus body, chocolate and light roast coffee, all surrendering to a floral, lemon, tangerine and lifted pine. The floral, rindy, and dark chocolate linger echo beyond the sip. Iíve had this one fresh, and Iíve had this one not-so-fresh. Both have been great.
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2009 Bottle, Deep brown with off-white/tannish head. very roasty flavor, ot malty sweet but grainy. a decent hop aroma. The unique combination of grains and malts with IPA style hopping had me expecting more. it has an over abundance of hop bitterness without enough hop flavor/complexity to balance the bitterness. It is an ok beer worth trying, but didnít blow me away.