Berard (86) - - DEC 4, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Pours nearly black with creme head that lingers. Strong hop aroma with little carbonation. Nice coffee flavors up front with hop bite on the back.
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BayAreaBeers (85) - Fremont, California, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark dark brown with a 1/2 finger. Aroma is a dark hop kind if aroma, if that is a thing. Taste is very balanced. Just a great black IPA.
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Petkus331 (84) - 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!
bigred22 (84) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 8, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is the best beer I have had yet. Man this was a good beer! Dark/Malty like a porter and fresh like a great IPA. The Aroma was like an IPA, but there was so much more in this one!
BeerBeCue (84) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber poured into snifter. Pours a very dark brown which is almost opaque. Gives a 1/2" inch tan head which reduces to a flat spot in the middle of the glass. Leaves a very fine lacing. Aroma is very roasty and floral hops, a bit "chocolaty" and a quite bit of coffee (which becomes even more intense as the beer warms up). Taste is medium-bitter wih some alcohol presence developping around 12 degrees Celcius. Body is rather full with a slick/nearly oily texture. Carbonation is average for this style. Bitter finish which lasts quite a while! This is a really, really good beer. I have to confess that this is only my 2nd black IPA and the first one was really just "ok" and weighted in at 6% only. So in my book, this is a "double black IPA" and is something really different from the last one I drank. I like this one better!
rich916 (84) - Rancho Cordova, California, USA - JUN 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 22oz from Total Wine. Pours a very dark brown / black, nice head on pour but diminish quickly. Aromas of malt and some caramel, lots of grapefruit and piney hopps. (Great aroma). Taste of medium sweet and malt with a big grapefruit sweetness. Good full body, creamy slick texure with a well rounded bitter finish.
nj_BierMaven (83) - Flemington, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour too many times to count, one of my all-time favorites. Concentrated on this as I tasted tonight, citrus-pine aroma that is surprising for a beer that appears so black. Coffee, mild hints of chocolate, delicious malty underlayer that counterbalances the bitterness. Significant bitterness in the taste as well as the hoppy citrus aroma that kicks you in the face. Anyone who has ever homebrewed understands why this costs what it does, so many hops had to go into a beer of this magnitude. Just plain awesome.
mbpufall (83) - Andover, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep, dark chocolate brown with slight tan head. Diminishes to leave a thin blanket atop the beer throughout. Some sticky lacing throughout, as well. Aroma is heavy pine and citrus rind with nutty roasted notes and touch of dark chocolate. Pine aroma overpowers, but a nice swirl brings out the malt nose. Taste of candied nut quickly leads way to resinous, piney hops. With a rather bitter, though not at all unpleasant finish. Medium bodied, mildly carbonated and a bold introduction to Stone beers.
PaperKnife (82) - - MAR 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown to black, tan foam head. Berry, dark fruit, sweet aroma. Oily, grassy bitterness, roast finish.
jeremugohio (82) - springboro, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a nice beer. I am a big fan of black IPA and this did not dissapoint. Nice subtle floral aroma, appearance is solid dark with good head. Good smooth taste. Stone is quickly becoming one of my favorite