elgavilancillo (75) - Long Beach, California, USA - OCT 1, 2009
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
wow another classic from stone.... went very well with a pastrami sanwich... hit the spot... maybe of my favorite stone brews
JAG55 (74) - OíFallon, Missouri, USA - OCT 5, 2011
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
22 oz bomber poured in pint glass: burnt malt aroma, resin, chocolate, citrus; pitch black, with frothy brown head and good lacing; very bitter, medium sourness, like pineapple and grapefruit with some syrup; full body, creamy, sticky, soft carbonation, bitter, long finish, maybe the finest brew Iíve had.
Smallprint (74) - - AUG 23, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
660ml bottle from Beers Of Europe, pours almost pitch black with a fluffy tan head that stays. Smell is tons of mango and citrus aswell as plenty of malt. Taste is huge extremely complex, lots of roasted malt, liquorice, some coffee, off set with huge hop bitterness, plenty of grapefruit, citrus and mango. A very long and bitter finish, medium carbonation and medium-full bodied. Absolutely stunning beer, the best black IPA Iíve had thus far and possible my favourite beer from possibly my favourite brewery.
hoppyhampy (73) - , California, USA - MAY 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a tulip glass from a bottle that says best 6/29/10. They love their hops at Stone and I love them for that. Normally you would expect a beer this dark to be sweet and heavy. But this one comes across like some crazy hybrid of just about everything Stone does well and the result is awesome. Pours fairly thick, like a porter say, and as dark as a stout but with more carbonation. A nice, thick toasted brown head forms. The scent is almost all hops with notes of chocolate and roasted malt. The taste is a beautiful melange of hops, dark chocolate, coffee, and raisins. Not too sweet and not too bitter. The good amount of hop bitterness gives it a lighter body and cleaner finish than an imperial stout, making it a very drinkable strong ale.
HartManSam (71) - Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow. Great beer. Loved it at first sip. leaves a toasty hoppy finish in my mouth. Wonderful beer. One of my favorites =)
aplus01 (71) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma - Hop forward aroma. Citrus and Pine.
Appearance - Black with white head. Delicate lacing on glass.
Taste - Intense bitterness from the hops and malty sweetness.
Palate - Moderate carbonation and medium bodied.
Overall - Great black IPA. As good as Uintaís Dubhe. Very drinkable.
altehkiller (71) - , California, USA - APR 7, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Peculiar beer in that they call it a black ipa and i wholeheartedly agree. lots of hops with a smooth roasted flavor. unique beer with a unique flavor. one of my favorites!
ragesaq (70) - Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from Plaza Liquors, making the first two reviews on here from the same place!
Pours a nearly opaque very dark brown. Pours a quickly fading hefty head with good lacing.
Aroma is very intriguing and unique. The typical dry hoppy aroma with a little less citrusy factor of Stones IPAs mixed with a richly malty background.
A nice balanced flavor, mostly bitter Stone IPA married to rich complimentary roasted malts porter/stout-like character. Undertones are cloying and difficult to discern, there is a slight sweetness that may be mocha malts and black liquorice that compliment the body very well.
Mild fading aftertaste of mildly citrusy dry hops and sweetness.
A rich robust but not too thick mouthfeel, if you concentrate really hard you can sense some alcohol but it is not overly apparant. This is a nice solid beer that is very close to being a completely new style. I like.
JW32Hoops (70) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber, pint glass. Never had this one, didnít know what to expect. Poured way dark, stout-like opaque blackness with a small tan head. Aroma was underwhelming, some pine, hops, little caramel. Ridiculously drinkable for such a dark, heavy beer. Hoppy as fuck while retaining a sweet, malty balance which is neither too sweet or too malty. The hops are definitely the star, but not to a one-dimensional degree. The dudes at Stone can afford to be cocky, cuz they back it up with epic ales. Iím usually not that into super dark, heavy beers, but by giving it a hoppy IPA-edge, it winds up being the best of both worlds. 8.7% ABV? Yes, please.
asmithbeer (69) - California, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Black pour with decent head. Aroma of hops and toasted grain. Flavor is bitter from hops and then bitter from the roasty toasty malts, hint of citrus. Good mouthfeel and carbonation.