gvmdw7 (187) - California, USA - JUN 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured black with an inch of head. Smells of piney hops. Tastes like I bit into a fresh strawberry. It was served too cold and it muted the malty character. I didnít enjoy this out of bottle, but itís much better on tap
37steel (186) - St. Charles, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. One of the most interesting beers Iíve had. You expect one thing and get something COMPLETELY different. Pours dark brown/black with a full tan head. Aroma is very hoppy (piney and fruity). Sharp hop bite at the start (grapefruits). Small chocolate in the middle and a long bitter finish. I have another bottle and am interested to see what itís like in a year or so.
dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - APR 19, 2008
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stone does another winner. Very interesting beer, because it is stout black, with a comparable head. Big, frothy and tan. Smell is reminiscent of Arrogant Bastard, but with the roasted overtones of the dark malt. Flavor is hops obviously (Stoneís specialty)- but with a rich chocolate malt background that is missing in the bastard series, or ruination series. Bottle was 8 months old when I had it, and I guess it would age well, as that is the suggestion. Iím not sure I would consider this an aging beer (of course, I never keep any around long enough to officially call them "cellared"). I will absolutely make another trip to pick up some more of these. Beers like this (both in quality and style) are not easy to find.
ElDuderino (183) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - APR 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Deep Ellum. Body is black with very little light at the corners. A tall creamy tan head had good resiliency and leaves spotty lacing. The nose and initial flavor is full of fresh crisp hops, with citrus peel, grapefruit and watery pine notes. The body feels heavy on the tongue, roasty and malty with lots of toasted nuts and chewy bread, but the hops and the carbonation carry this beer. I sometimes think Stoneís carbonation detracts from the beer, being too lively and acting as a thinning agent on my pallate, but it works to their advantage with this beer and allows the hops to break through the roasty body and come alive. Really nice.
reverendj (183) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - SEP 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
It ainít bragging if you can back it up and thatís what Stone has done. Would one think it weird if it was called a midnight IPA? Big aroma of malty chocolate and fruit. First impression is one of bitter chocolate malt followed by a judicious hop bite. Very creamy mouth akin to a nice imperial stout. Another home run by one of my favorite breweries.
Lanchester (183) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled randomly on tap at the Dieu du Ciel brewpub in Montreal. Poured a jet black with a dense tan head, leaving behind some very decorative lacing. Aroma is a penetrating resinous and piny character, very inviting. Flavor is a nicely balanced, sweetness from the malts curbing the strong hop character enough to make this fairly easy drinking for the style. Slightly syrupy on the palate, though this is offset by the mildly prickly carbonation. Finishes very hoppy, coats the palate with enough hop resins to leave a lingering aroma several minutes after drinking. Well done!
Slubgob (183) - 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%.
Dal9000 (182) - Ohio, USA - MAY 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A wonderful brown ale. Immediate flavor of malt with a slight chocolate undertone finishes with a lighting mild malt flavor for a few minutes. Deep flavor that almost melts.
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julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on tap at Yardhouse and it is phenomenal. The blend of smoothness with bitterness of the IPA is perfect. Would like to try it in bottle.
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle: Pours a deep dark brown almost black with nice finger plus of tan head. The aroma is sweet, with nice hope presence but not like a west coast IPA. I get roast, some chocolate and almost a hint of smoke. It feels really nice in you mouth, almost creamy but the finish is a little harsh with a hop bite. Great lacing as the beer drains from the glass. Unusual but a good change for Stone on this Anniversary effort.