Kroney (154) - 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%.
dliberto (154) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Drank from bottle. Smells of wood, chocolate, coffee, nuts, and hops. Tastes of resin, pine, chocolate, citrus. Heavy carbonation, Heavy mouth feel. Absolutely amazing
firemarshal (153) - 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.
omegamike (152) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Meaty, leathery aroma, with hints of mint and pine. Medium body with dense, even carbonation; a very satisfying mouthfeel. Dark treacle and roasted malts leaf the assault that is followed up by masses of bitter, aggressive hops; pine, leather, some ash. The finish is massive and enduring, an exceptional black ipa.
Sathorael (151) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 6, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2012 Very unique beer. Poured from 2 litre growler into Duvel tulip. Great beer over all areas. I will drink this again. Lucky for me it is readily available and brewed down the street!
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.
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.
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.
two7offsuit (149) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with thin tan head. Hops come out in the aroma and and are present in the flavor and lingers.