harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber Done side by side with 11 th anniversary. pours black like a stout with tan head. smells like A.B. with more floral aroma and higher alcohol presents .,hops dominate this bad boy. hints of cocoa. way more bitter than sweet..glad i tried it not gonna have seconds.
MPosey (134) - , Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a midnight black, with very little light brown head. Stong cascade hops aromas. Strong initial hops attach which mellows to a nice warm finish. Very good beer.
NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark black with an off white head. Aroma of hops, brown sugar, caramels and roasted malts. Taste is a sweet hoppy goodness that coats the mouth with just a hint of peat. Roasted malts and some chocolate notes follow. Nice carbonation. This is what a black IPA strives to be. The sweetness and hops balance very well. Finishes with a resiny citrus hoppiness that goes on and on. What a treat.
someviking (132) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours nearly black with some ruby colors showing through. nice tan head. aroma is well hopped and roasted malts poke out as well. taste initially is powerful bitter hops which seems to be a staple of stone beers. towards the end i get nice coffee and roasted malts. well rounded american black ale. definately one of the better ones i’ve had.
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a thick beige head. Aroma is hop-heavy, with floral and bitter hops both there in bunches. Some sugary malt notes as well. Flavor is also hop-centric, but with other more subtle notes like fruits and chocolate coffee. Feel is silky smooth. This is an interesting beer, and is unlike very many other beers I have had. Glad to have tried it, though its certainly no session beer. One bottle is fine for now.
two7offsuit (132) - 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.
tunneler (131) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Was quite sad about this one after reading some glowing reviews here and having it within a few days of a Hop Rod Rye. it’s just didn’t gel - too much bitter hop action overtop the mild body
TarcisioVasco (131) - Ribeirão Preto (SP)., BRAZIL - MAY 14, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A cerveja é excelente, mas não na minha opinião não merece nota 100, degustada durante reunião da Confrabacon em Ribeirão Preto (SP), Brazil.
dliberto (130) - 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
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Barclays in Oakland, CA. Nice chocolaty and hoppy aroma. Smooth, hides the alcohol pretty well, except for a little hot alcohol mid-palate. I was thinking de-husked carafa or chocolate malt before reading the description - I guess that’s pretty close to what we have here. Definitely not bitter dark malts, no roasted barley. The citrus qualities make this a bit like a fruit flavored chocolate, in the best ways. Chinook and Amarillo are pretty apparent, I wouldn’t have guessed Simcoe though. The signature simcoe citrus grapefruit blends interestingly with the darker malts. The finish is pretty smooth, I think they had pretty good attenuation on this one. The slight hot alcohol will probably improve with age, as well as the melding of hop profile with the darker malts. I’d like to see Stone do this IPA with a British IPA hop strategy in the bittering and a little Stone touch in the finish. I couldn’t drink this every day, but it was tasty.