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.
heminator (69) - Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasty, complex. Good hoppy aroma. Bitter finish. Great stuff would drink again.
-- Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone.
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.
wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black IPA you say? Interesting. Pours deep brown/light black color. Aroma is strong with grapefruit/citrus/pine. Perfect bitterness and well balanced. This may be my favorite Stone brew yet....on to the Double Bastard!
NateBarnett (69) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - AUG 6, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was my introduction to the black IPA. Pours black without a head from a 22oz bottle. Aroma: caramel, toast. Taste: medium sweetness. Palate: thicker than an average IPA with what I would estimate to be average carbonation. Very enjoyable, among the best that I’ve tried from Stone.
fourplayed (69) - Lakewood, California, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark red -black with 1 finger medium chocolate brown head. Smells of Hops, dark roasted sweet malts, dark fruits, prunes, raisins. Taste if bitter chocolate and Big earthy hops, the dark fruits & malts lend some sweet notes, some yeasts add to a good complexity, alcohol more present as it warms. Full body with good zesty carbonation start to finish, good hop bite and dry finish. A good bold brew (not for the pale ale crowd). Big hops, full body, bold dark fruits all get you attention!
IvoR (68) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with a think brownish head.Aroma is of hops, very strong, even with a hint of alcohol. Flavor is very hoppy, maybe fruity as well. It does remind me of grapefruit now that I read other’s ratings (I am very poor at detecting fruit flavor myself). A vague hint of chocolate in the end that quickly disappears. The finish is nice and lasting. A very good beer.
kev1001 (67) - Montana, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber. Pours dark brown, almost the color of a porter but a bit more translucent. Thin, tan head. Interesting to drink a beer this dark and have it be this hoppy. I expected the maltiness to balance out the hoppyness but the hops come through a lot more, although this isn’t a bad thing. The usual citrus, pine, floral notes of an IPA don’t come through near as much in this beer, but the bitterness is definitely there. I thought it would be a little sweeter, given the alcohol content. Subtle hints of dry chocolate, licorice, cough syrup and resin are present also. Not the most amazing beer I’ve ever had but one of the more interesting and creative ones. Thumbs up for sure.
MakeItDrinkIt (66) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep deep brown to charcoal black in color with a thin head. Big hoppy nose. Chwwey hops with dark molasses/black cherry flavors, however the predominant flavors are from the hops, adding a grapefruit/citrus facet and overpowering the large malt bill. Somewhat like a fresh batch of barley wine... See <a href="http://www.1000BottlesofBeer.com"& for the complete review. Cheers!
moonbug (66) - Bryan, - MAR 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful dark beer with a light head. Sweet chocolaty spicy full taste. Smooth finish. Overall a very good Nd interesting beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone