MannyGoldberg (164) - The big bad LDN, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Based on itís status as top ranked black IPA on here Iíd been looking forward to trying this out. An extremely pleasant beer but lacking the hop attack I like in my preferred black IPAs. Not much on the nose but reassuring malty sweetness. Overall Iíd rate any of the three Kernel black IPAs released so far ahead of this brew. None of those are in the top 50 though, go figure!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jmarsh123 (163) - Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Poured a dark brown to black with a small tan head that lingers throughout.
S - Lots of roasted chocolate
T - Again chocolate comes through along with a nice bittering from the hops. Finishes with a strong bitter hop taste with a slight warm alcohol tinge.
M - Fairly light, but good carbonation. Not too heavy, but does have a good thickness to it.
D - Another great beer from Stone. Not an overally complex beer, but it goes down pretty smooth and if you like a chocolate profile youíll like this one.
horto008 (162) - Alabama, USA - MAY 8, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very intriguing. Thatís how I would describe it. Self-Righteous poured a very dark, almost black amber with a relatively thick head. Aroma was sweet with alcohol and citrus notes.
Taste was complicated. There was a distinct sweetness that reminded me of a dubbel or trippel, but the hops or dark malt or whatever was in it managed to keep a terrific bitterness that kept it from being too sweet. Note: nowhere close to as bitter as Arrogant Bastard or any of the Stone IPAs. Had a light smokey flavor that sticks with you. Iíve given high marks simply because it isnít like anything else Iíve run into.
Prometheus (160) - Bamberg, Bavaria, GERMANY - MAY 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the better beers Iíve ever tasted.
Poured very dark brown with a creamy white head.
Aroma of hops and molasses.
Very smooth initially with wonderful flavor, followed by a bitter finish.
KAME (160) - California, USA - SEP 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yes, this beer is actually pretty good. The appearance does not match the liquid in the glass. It smells like a lightly roasted, piney IPA with hints of chocolate, orange peal, and noticeable alcohol undertones. It tastes like a bitter strong ale with a nice malt backbone. As it warms, the alcohol definitely comes into the picture, but its rather tolerable.
beerguy00 (160) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - SEP 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice dark brown with caramel colored head. Aroma of molasses, a bit of spice, and some pine. Flavor matches aroma.
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Almost black with a large tan head that leaves some lacing once itís gone down a bit. Aroma is strong, very hoppy and citrusy like a nice IPA, but then it has a subtle roasty character to it. Great flavor, again very bitter and hoppy, but with a subtle roasted maltiness that comes out mostly in the finish. Interesting beer, good choice for an anniversary ale I think.
phukktifano (159) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown/Black with thick tan head. Aroma is hops,alcohol and bitter chocolate. Flavor was the same very bitter with a licorice finish.
lightbias (159) - USA - MAY 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This lovely Black IPA pours nice and dark with a lovely white foam that unfortunately did not last for long. Right out of the bottle wafts a pine and fruit combination that is almost confusing until you taste it. Lightly bitter on the bottom of my tongue and still sweet in my nose, I enjoyed the hell out of this excellent experience. I will be back to this Stone in the future.
Kroney (158) - 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%.