DiabolikDUB (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 14, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from Bottle into Tulip glass.
Pours jet black with a booming, fluffy light-tan head that never fully dissolves and creates a dense layer atop the glass. The aroma is filled with sticky, resinous hops and has some hints, although very subtle, of chocolate. Flavor is piney hops and sweet malt upfront and is accompanied by some touches of roasted malt and dried fruit. Its a medium bodied beer that is sticky and has a good amount of carbonation. Out of all the "Black" IPAís that Iíve tried this one certainly sets the bar. I had no idea what this beer looked like before I poured it into my glass and was surprised it was as black as it was. The aroma is purely delicious.
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at OíBriens SD. Funky, blast of hops on the nose. A bit of sweetness, very complex, herb and vegital. Extremely long length. Color was black with a brown standard type cask head. Hops really dominate and the malt create a unique brew. Much different from the 11th bottle enjoyed a week prior. Interested to see how current bottles compare.
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - JUL 12, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap at City Beer: Pours black with white head. Nose is pine, hops, and chocolate. Palate is just right, extremely easy drinking. Hoppy makes me happy and this one made me happy. Recommended.
Peregrinari (145) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 16, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pleasant aroma with strong hop and mild malt and alcohol. Burnt red almost black appearance. Fairly potent alcohol flavor but well balanced with defined hop and malt character. A sweet beer overall but but has a fairly dry finish. Somewhat slick in the mouth but turns to a drying finish.
foosnbrews (145) - Parker, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I didnít know what this beer style was until I poored it and all I could think was IPA. Obviously a black IPA due to the color but closing my eyes IPA is driving style. Beer has an intense hop aroma with a touch of roasted aroma. Beer poors black with a very pale tan head. Beer flavor is bitter like an IPA but backing malt character is substituted with a very slight chocolate roasty flavor. Medium body with a slight drying astringency after swallow. Overall a very cool beer. Iíd definately get another.
phiconners (144) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 14, 2007
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dark brown, large beige head. Hops dominates the aroma. Flavor is strong hops, but you pick up the malt afterwards which makes it a little creamier. Fantastic beer, Stone is unbeatable.
metalhead0043 (144) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle for 4 bucks. Pours black with an amber hue and a huge tan head. Aroma is mostly a strong floral hop with some fruit, vanilla and caramel malt underneath. Taste is pretty much exclusively hop flavors; pine and floral. Not much finish on this one to speak of either. Body is average, average carbonation. Iím not really tasting any of the malt flavors in this one. It kinda just tastes like an IPA to me. Not bad by any stretch but it hasnít blown me away either.
firemarshal (144) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at 201 Central - Wesley Chapel, NC. Bready, malty aroma. Good chocolate, coffee, toasted malt flavor. Maybe some citrus hops. Not my style nor my favorite from stone. Good nonetheless.
micronaut129 (143) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 9, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours an opaque, super dark brown color.
The pour produced a copious amount of rich dense foamy head thats tan in color. This tan head is slow fading leaving sticky lacing in itís wake.
Aromatics are wonderfully pungent with sticky hop oils. Hop bouquet leans towards earthy and floral.
Beyond the hop pop there is very sutle roasted malt nuiances.
Taste is rich roasted malts up front, sutle, not overpowering with some hints of chocolate and coffee. Sweet upfront.
Hops take charge next with a pretty desent hop bite and a good, fresh hoppy flavor. Bitter at the end.
A good medium bodied ale. I detect some fine grittiness. The bitterness is stong and lingers deep into the aftertaste.
A good looking beer, a good smelling beer and a good tasting beer. What more could you want.
Steverus0 (143) - 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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