mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh, I don’t care for this beer one bit. Too hoppy and the malt hasn’t really developed much. Too smoky and roasty too. However, I sat on a bottle for like 6 months, and gave it another try, and holy crap it’s amazing! It balances out so much better. The hoppiness dies down considerably, the smokiness too. The roasty maltiness tones down a ton too. Really smooths out and becomes extremely enjoyable.
tedovertu (293) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dry hoppy mouth feel. Small tan head with a fair amount of lacing. Leaves bitter after taste. Guess this is not my favorite. Has a great aroma but the finish is very bitter and has some alcohol burn.
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours a dark almost black brown, totally opaque with a big fluffy grayish tan head. Aroma of some roasted malts and floral hops. Flavor is maltyand roasty. Chocolatey and creamy body and flavor with plenty of hops to go around. Medium bitterness. Hops are pretty much all floral and flowery with a slight hint of citrus mostly obscured by the roasty coffee and chocolate. I am amazed at how well these flavors go together.
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This smells and tastes like dry-hopped cough syrup. I like a lot of Stone stuff, but this one didn’t do it for me.
Fech (291) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Stone’s top brew in my mind. Great flavor. Dark brown basically black pour. Malty, notes of coffee, cream and spices.
Fantomasus (291) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. Pours a deep dark chocolate with a big foamy head. Smells of sweet malt, roasted nuts, with slight hints of leather and gun oil. Entrancing. A big bold balanced taste of malt, chocolate, and fruit with hints of exspesso. A big quick hop finish that leaves a lingering dark chocalate copper. Wow. Nice work.
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with cream head. Burnt malt with earthy aromas. Medium carbonation with moderate to heavy and super creamy body. Taste is chocolate malts with light pine to go with rich earthy hops that have a satisfying bitterness.
mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not really fair to rate this with other Black IPAs, because like most Stone brews it’s nearly a double, @ 8.7% and 90 IBUs. A big nose of piney and perfumey hops with some roast malt in there. Awfully well balanced, a touch of sweetness plays with fragrant hops, and then the dark malt and hop bitters intertwine seamlessly. SuperYum.
liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle from Fred Meyer’s in Beaverton, OR. Aroma is sweet and woody, with strong hints of burned coffee. Sweetness in the beginning gets immediately overtaken by the astringency of the roasted grains and the bitterness of the hops. I would not necessarily call this beer balanced, but I would certainly call it complex. Then again, I prefer sweeter Black IPAs, and I don’t generally care for overly dry and astringent roasted grains. Regardless, I would gladly drink this again. And again.
mambossa (289) - 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. I’ve had this one fresh, and I’ve had this one not-so-fresh. Both have been great.