Petkus331 (157) - Redford, Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Am I dead? Iím in heaven right? And I thought I was an Atheist! Stone Brewery trapped Heaven in a bottle! WOW! A floral, hoppy, citrus, charred malt, chocolate-coffee, lightly yeasty, Riesling nose; wait a moment while I change my pants. The flavor begins like a porter with a charred malt intensity but it is accompanied with the hoppy citrus resin of an IPA!!!! An enjoyable lingering coffee-resin finish. OMG!!!! A nice head, didnít last too long, but still nice. Dark brown, nearly black color. The texture is creamy like a stout, WOW!!! Donít pass this up!! Only cost me 7.99 for a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle. AMAZING!!! I wouldnít mind a little more bitterness, but still..... WOW!!!! THIS IS WHAT WE LIVE FOR; BUY THIS BEER!!!! MY BURPS TASTE LIKE THE SMELL OF JASMINE FLOWERS!!!! Imagine a Sierra Nevada Torpedo crosses with a Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald!
idedek (157) - USA - JUL 29, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful color black with a redish hue. a nice piney aroma combined with dark chocolate. a nice medium to full body with a chocolate and coffee flavors. a exceptional clean finish with some piney flavor more chocolate really nice.
agent_511 (157) - - JUL 13, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of chocolate, roast coffee, and a hint of nuttiness. Pours dark brown, almost opaque black, with a thick, foamy, tan head with long retention and fills the mouth with a creamy sensation. Tastes of bitter dark chocolate, earthy hops. Balanced toward bitter. Full body, slightly creamy, a little alcohol warming. Fantastic beer.
ARH (157) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2014 On tap poured into an 8oz snifter. Aromas of pine, chocolate, and some dark fruit come through initially - perhaps some floral / pine notes. Later on, a slight mildew aroma hits the nose as well as a melon-like sweetness. It pours a dark opaque red-brown (caramel?) color - maybe more brown than red - with a cloudy head that leaves an alright lacing. Itís highly bitter with a mellow, medium sweetness coming through as a secondary note on the tongue. The full bodied beer hits the palate with a very burnt toast start that mellows into some mild dark fruits (I want to say currants). Thereís a soft, but abundant carbonation that has this leaning towards creaminess (not quite) but definitely slick. The burnt notes linger throughout the swallow, finishing with dark, dried fruits. A roasted dark coffee flavor lingers in the aftertaste.
horto008 (156) - Alabama, USA - MAY 8, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very intriguing. Thatís how I would describe it. Self-Righteous poured a very dark, almost black amber with a relatively thick head. Aroma was sweet with alcohol and citrus notes.
Taste was complicated. There was a distinct sweetness that reminded me of a dubbel or trippel, but the hops or dark malt or whatever was in it managed to keep a terrific bitterness that kept it from being too sweet. Note: nowhere close to as bitter as Arrogant Bastard or any of the Stone IPAs. Had a light smokey flavor that sticks with you. Iíve given high marks simply because it isnít like anything else Iíve run into.
tdoyledesign (156) - Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a black with a thin viscosity and a thin head. Smells is smokey hops and a hint of caramel and hops. Taste is roasted malts with a hop finish. Palate has done roared malts, middle is apricot, molasses and caramel and a hop finish.
Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - OCT 3, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark black color with light brown head, looks better than it taste. Smells of pine and leaves a bad hop aftertaste. Stone is great beer but this one isnít for me!
HoppyAlesToYou (156) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Scents of cereal, chocolate, coffee, nuts, resin, citrus, and earthy tea invite a sip. I take a draw from the tulip glass, letting the dark brown ale greet my lips through the pillowy tan head. Such a well balanced ale, the dark malt traits are restrained, sharing the lead with the delicious hops.
A long tea like bitter finish leaves you craving more. SSSRA is wings and horns above any other Black IPA Iíve had, and always a pleasure.
MannyGoldberg (156) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Based on itís status as top ranked black IPA on here Iíd been looking forward to trying this out. An extremely pleasant beer but lacking the hop attack I like in my preferred black IPAs. Not much on the nose but reassuring malty sweetness. Overall Iíd rate any of the three Kernel black IPAs released so far ahead of this brew. None of those are in the top 50 though, go figure!
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Rotbart (155) - - MAY 25, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark brown color with a long lasting foamy white head. Fairly bold bitter taste with a smooth long cola coffee finish.