1guywith_aboat (254) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - DEC 27, 2014
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Up front it pours black, smells like hops, and tastes effing Iincredible.....must be a stone. Very roasty and extremely bitter.
Kroney (253) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black... and I mean black, with a thick two-finger peanut butter colored head. Even with the roasted malt backbone, the aroma is all hops(pine, citrus, a little spicey). Flavor has much more roasted malt flavor than the aroma, which is a great change-of-pace for a heavy leaning hop head/ipa fanatic. Finishes with a nice warming effect too. Medium, small bubble carbonation... easy drinking, which could be dangerous with an abv just south of 9%.
Hartung32 (252) - Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
My favorite Black IPA. It's the profile standard as far as in concerned; and perfectly balanced.
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BrotherLogic (252) - California, USA - SEP 9, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Completely awesome - the standard by which all other black ipas should be judged. Incredible on the nose, tastes like no other beer. The first time I had this, I went straight home and slept for 4 hours such was itís power...
Steverus0 (252) - 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)
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tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a super dark mahogany/brown with a pale khaki head. Lots of floral hops on the aroma, some citrus (lemon, grapefruit) and other fruit, slight chocolate and coffee notes and roasted malt. Lots of malt up front, toasted malt, a bit of milk chocolate, lots of hops (mostly citrus) with a bit of a pine taste as well, some peach and mango, and hints of dark fruit. Medium bodied, very good balance between the huge hops and the tons of malt.
MarinaMarket (251) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The name says a lot from a brewery only slightly less self-righteous than Rogue! Four guys tasting and I am the only one that thought it was drinkable. Reviewing many ratings, I have to guess we had a bad bottle, but itís worth it to note that this beer tastes like it will age well, and probably improve over the next 2 years.
First released in January of 2009, with an ABV of 8.7%. But, this is a re-make of the 2007 Stone 11th Anniversary Ale, so it looks like it will be available in limited quantities every year. I am very interested to see how this beer progresses both in the current bottling and future versions.
BrewingFan (251) - Texas, USA - APR 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hoppy grapefruit on the nose, with notes of chocolate malt. Stone does it again, keeping you on your toes. The hoppy bitterness and is completely unexpected in this black beer. Moderately balanced by chocolate malt, full bodied, with no noticable alcohol, finishes with a bite. This is a great, but equally dangerous beer.
ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - JUN 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark red to brown pour with a large, creamy off-white head. Aroma is heavy malt, chocolate, and fruits. Flavor is strong on fruity sweetness and counter-balanced grapefruit bitterness. Texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2010
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very excited to find this one local here in Jersey. Smells heavy into the minerals, like a pine tar covered penny found in dark soil. The flavor of this is pure big west coast hop smack with an earthy overtone that mutes out much of the classic intensity. The finish remains pretty heavy on the medicinal sweetness and bitter punch. Mouthfeel is almost a disservice as it is a bit coating so therefore leaves the taste to linger a bit longer than it should. To reference other brew, this is very similar to Victory Yakima Twilight and a slightly more aggressive Stone Brewdog Bashah. This wore out its welcome after only one bomber. Sorry to a great brewery. Thank You Stone for your efforts. 2010 22oz.