eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 28, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
An absolutely spectacular black ipa. Perfectly meshes the tastes of a German dark with those of a high quality double ipa. Astonishly smooth, tons of flavor. Smells wonderful. Stones best ever (imo)
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ok, here we go Stone, itís Friday evening, settling in for the weekend, letís make it a good night. Crack the cap off and pour into a trappist glass, a deep deep dark reddish (only visible when held to light) color with a tan full head. This beer looks simply beautiful. The nose has raisins initially, then transitions into a floral experience. The flavor is awesome, sweet toffee malts and floral hops. The head is buttery on the lips with an aftertaste and breath of slight refreshing stings of alcohol. This is fantastic, a definite BUY!
emobassfoo (178) - Webster, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Notes: Milky mahogany and auburn color with an off-white flimsy head. Great lacing. Rich aroma. It stings. Chocolate-covered licorice, cherries, and a hint of roasted malt. Fragrant. Sweet malts; roasty and a bit of chocolate at first. Hops balance this flavor out with some resiny notes. Complex. Rides off the tongue and gums. Smooth palate, much more body than I expected. Bitter x3. Not too harsh or too alcoholic. Threshold of a barley wine. Good!
kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours out a clear brown producing a 2 finger thick head that was mocha coffee colored. the body is black with no light penetration and the head was thick and frothy and fell at a slow rate. the aromas are light but i can smell some pine, little hops, some malt, and light alcohol. it is medium bodied and has a smooth mouthfeel. the flavors are great and is really "drinkable". it finishes smooth and has no real potent aftertaste. very good beer.
tdoyledesign (178) - Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a black with a thin viscosity and a thin head. Smells is smokey hops and a hint of caramel and hops. Taste is roasted malts with a hop finish. Palate has done roared malts, middle is apricot, molasses and caramel and a hop finish.
Shink (177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Out of the bottle from Uptown after the Stone tasting. I didn?t get to try this one so I bought a bottle and I am glad I did. Pours dark brown, almost black with a thick tan head. Extremely hoppy smell and taste which is a huge upside. Slightly malty finish, but not overpowering. Hoppy taste comes right back with the next drink. High ABV but doesn?t taste like it. Excellent!
brettpace (176) - New York City, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
THis is a great beer. Very hoppy, very strong. Nice dark color, one of my favorite beers from STONE.
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice brown head on top of a very dark brown, almost black body. Hardly any light gets through the beer, except a brown tint at the top and bottom. Very hoppy aroma with floral notes and citrus but also a little sour citrus notes as well- maybe grapefruit. The floral notes follow through to the palate as well. But the also a bit of a toast and coffee flavors. A bit too burnt tasting for my liking
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Although I have already rated this beer, I did so from memory and basic field notes. So, in the name of fairness and total legitimacy, Iíve decided to rate this great beer again with it right in front of me - the only side note being: that this, I assume is a new batch, as I first tasted the beer a year ago, and the place I get it from has only just restocked it, along with the new 2010 Old Guardian Barley Wine. So here goes: What an aroma! This beer has a nose that is just sensational. So much to take in - be in no doubt, this may look like a stout, pouring black with red hues at the edge of the glass, but itís big IIPA hops to the fore! Along with highly resinous, earthy smelling hops thereís some grapefruit, loads of caramel and toffee, treacle, pepper - almost a note of celery... Thereís also a good bit of sweetness in the background reminiscent of candy-floss or boiled sweets. Flavour is pretty darn mental. First up the hops definitely do the talking with loads of resinous flavours, bordering on rubber/leather, then thereís is an element of smoke and mineral, a truly roasted, pretty much charcoal bitterness. There are also ark fruit flavours such as bitter plum and blackberry, though without much citric tartness, having said that though, there is still a flavour reminiscent of grapefruit. There are some sweeter notes, once again more candied than anything else, I want to avoid using words like "chocolate" and "coffee" as that would be too easy under the circumstances, as it may look black, but this is no stout. The finish is big BIG bitterness ( you could almost mistake the bitterness for espresso, but itís most definitely alpha acids bringing the hit) More charcoal and wet stones/slate in the finish also, with the tiniest hint of fruit. Finish has considerable length, almost like a great mature cheddar. I have to admit, Iíve hardly even scratched the surface as far as the complexity of this beer is concerned. But rest assured it has many levels to investigate, and shall reward any experimenter handsomely if you spend the necessary time with it. Truly wicked beer!
muteprint (176) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Dark slightly thick black color with a brown head that laces the glass. Aroma is full of IPA hops along with mild coffee and dark chocolate. The taste masks the high ABV completely but this beer will definitely warm your insides. Its hard to describe just how this beer tastes... Sweet hoppy bitterness at the start and a dry chocolate porter finish. Amazing complex beer that I am very glad to have been able to drink!