AKORN (204) - Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours black with a small tan head. Hoppy and malty aroma. Charred malt and citrus bitterness, pine, light coffee taste. Heavy feel and lingering bitterness on the tongue. Good beer
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
this has mellowed a bit since i sampled it on tap at stone brewing world bistro gardens back in january. the complexity is coming through nicely.
it looks like a porter with a hind of red. lls of dark ripe fruit....lots of character in the nose, a hint of tobbacco maybe licorice.
high acidity, big body, this beer has a delightfully long chewy finish while somehow remaining refreshing even at the high abv.
General66 (203) - Streator, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber shared with my brother-in-law. I was pretty excited to have this brew because everything that I have had from Stone has been good. This did not disappoint. Poured a deep brown color with a one finger width tan head and mahogany tints around the edges. I thought I saw a bit of a cascade effect after it was poured also. The aroma consists of dark dried fruit, floral hops, and some sweet notes. The taste had the same characteristics as the aroma with some roasted malt thrown in for good measure. I was surprised with how much hop character I could pick up in this dark brew. It grew even more complex as the beer warmed. On paper, these characteristics may sound a bit weird... but this was a very well balanced brew! Another great product by Stone!
gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Has an almost stout-like appearance with a very dark brown color and a creamy tan head. Very complex aroma that is dominated by floral and citrus hops with sweet, almost burnt caramel and just a touch of alcohol. Taste is sweet and malty up front with lots of chocolate, caramel, and some citrus. The sweetness quickly gives way to burnt coffee and bitter floral hops, then fades to a long, bitter finish. Creamy, medium body with soft carbonation. As usual, Stone’s egotistical description is not unwarranted. This one makes me a believer in a style that had previously left me dissappointed.
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark plum with tan head. Nose of sweet dark fruits, a touch of smoke, some piney hop notes. Medium body, good carbonation. Some chocolate, dark fruits, a bit of booze, a little chalky. Pleasant musty fruity finish.
finn1918 (203) - Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12oz, $3.50 from Total Wine, BB 5/15/13. Pours inky black with a 1-finger light tan/off-white head. Aroma is typical Stone-stle hop punch: floral and pine dominate. Taste is boozy, roast malts, cocoa powder, and a big floral hop punch, although not as bitter as some. Nice cocoa/hop finish that lingers for a while. Mouthfeel is fairly light and silky for the style. A good food beer, but a bit too dry to stand on its own. Excellent, but truthfully, a little overpriced. Some equally good beers can be had for a few dollars less.
Steverus0 (203) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - MAY 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is...well... Not quite heaven, but I suppose that sublime is apt.
This brew cuts a perfect balance between the roasted notes and hoppy bitterness that others have performed with less success.
Pours an opaque ebony with bright and decently persistent head. Aroma of pine and hints of chocolate.
Taste is roasted barley and a faint chocolate with flower-forward west coast hop varieties. Smooth and balanced on the mouth. Yup. New favorite (at least one of them)
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
dliberto (203) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Drank from bottle. Smells of wood, chocolate, coffee, nuts, and hops. Tastes of resin, pine, chocolate, citrus. Heavy carbonation, Heavy mouth feel. Absolutely amazing
mikedevilsfan (203) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ballsy black IPA. Some black IPA’s are light on hops, not this one. It packs a serious hop wallup. Creamy malt backbone gives this a great taste. One of the best IPA’s out there.
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Complex citrus hoppy aroma with hints of chocolate and a prominence of alcohol. Color is dark brown. The slightly syrupy brew slides over the tongue while it is overwhelmed with the complex profile.