ryanknock (150) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Malt, toffee, cream, chocolate and orange in the nose. Medium to heavy body, deep amber to light brown color. Citrus still dominates flavor, but the backbone is caramel, toffee, chocolate, roast. Drier finish, slightly creamy, medium bitterness. Interesting.
Aarond (150) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown color with a nice off white head with good lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and piney hops. Taste is roasted malt, hops, oak, chocolate, and dark fruit. Nice creamy mouthfeel.
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is one of those thin line brews between Black IPA/Imperial stout. Since this has two months before its expo date any hop flavor is barely present, I get fruity/piney hops in the smell, but not too much in the flavor. Now its roasted notes of creamy coffee/ espresso. Alcohol ins’t present. It does have a strong bitter finish. I like this either, Black IPA or Imperial stout, you be the judge.
Kroney (150) - 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%.
rags2rags (149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Whole Foods, poured into snifter. Pours a dark ruby brown color with a finger of tan head. Pine and grapefruit on the aroma. Tasted of lemons, and grapefruit with a caramel backbone. Surprisingly hoppy for a dark beer, which I really liked. Good stuff.
adrosson (148) - California, USA - APR 27, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark malty ipa. Perhaps some citrus crispness but malt is what I noticed the most.
On tap at rock n brews
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performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2007 I really wish I would have un-opened this one. Pours a brown with large head. Red Garnett when held to the light. Strong hops smell. Tastes fantastic. Citrus base with a hoppy roast finish. Very neutral indeed. Creamy, layered head residue after sips. This Black IPA is awesome.
Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From growler filled at the brewrey on 2-23-08. I know this beer is about 8 months old now, and some of the hop bitterness, flavor and aroma has dropped out, but this is still a fantastic beer. It’s a dark brown color with some red tones in there. Aroma has piney citrus hops along with some caramel maltiness that wasn’t there when this beer was fresh. Flavors are sweet, with still enough of a bitter kick to balance. Reminds me of Arrogant Bastard, but with a little roasted, chocolate character. Still a great Stone beer. How much it holds up over more time is anybody’s guess.
phiconners (147) - 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.
madscotsman (147) - Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2007 Poured a nice dark brown with a large off white head. Had a hops and citrus aroma. Had some malt in the palate along with more hops. The malt and hops were very balanced and neither seemed to overpower the other. The alcohol was slightly there when it started to warm up. Special thanks to my next door neighbor for bringing me this beer.