bigred22 (84) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 8, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is the best beer I have had yet. Man this was a good beer! Dark/Malty like a porter and fresh like a great IPA. The Aroma was like an IPA, but there was so much more in this one!
Aholmb1 (84) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: opaque black, little foam from the draft, minimal lacing on the glass
Aroma: slight hoppy smell, not very aromatic
Taste: hoppy and bitter, not very overwhelming flavor, not as chocolate or coffee taste as expected
Overall: this is an excellent beer, different than what I expected but pleasantly surprised
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
mbpufall (83) - Andover, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep, dark chocolate brown with slight tan head. Diminishes to leave a thin blanket atop the beer throughout. Some sticky lacing throughout, as well. Aroma is heavy pine and citrus rind with nutty roasted notes and touch of dark chocolate. Pine aroma overpowers, but a nice swirl brings out the malt nose. Taste of candied nut quickly leads way to resinous, piney hops. With a rather bitter, though not at all unpleasant finish. Medium bodied, mildly carbonated and a bold introduction to Stone beers.
PaperKnife (82) - - MAR 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown to black, tan foam head. Berry, dark fruit, sweet aroma. Oily, grassy bitterness, roast finish.
viet959 (81) - , Georgia, USA - JUN 13, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma - Pine, Floral Hops, sweet malts. Appearance - Dark brown with a nice large head, that dissipates into a small lasting head. Flavor - Just like it smells, with a dry and nice bitter hop finish. Palate - full body, sticky, astringent, bitter, long finish. Overall - This is a great beer with some kick (nice abv). It’s not as thick as arrogant bastard, but it is very similar in taste. This taste like a cross between an DIPA and a Stout.
whicheck (81) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is subtle and balanced. As a lover of true ipas the black ipas have yet to impress. But this one is so balanced its hard to not like it. Nice dirty hop stick but with a light chocolate malt mixed in. Nice beer stone. Still not a big fan of the style but definitely a clean good beer.
dbhenry (81) - El Paso, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This ale has a nice floral aroma. It is very dark golden with a small head. The hop strength is full, yet it really doesn’t overpower the caramelized malty taste. Overall, this is a strong tasting ale and is quite good.
Grizzle (80) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
See Harsebrau’s rating. It’s Shake-n-Bake, and I helped.
Honest intro - probably too schnocked to rate...(got the hiccups)...but here goes... Aroma: this baby has the dark fruits cruising through the nostrils with traces of cocoa with a definite hop. But a lot of prune and raisin. (btw Harsebrau is helping with this..also schnocked.) Poured a dark brown to black. Touch of off tan/white head. We’re drinking this in dimpled mugs. It has a flavor of bitter and malty smooth but sharply bitter. It has been burnt by something. I don’t what...but burnt. And that is ok.
NatKadaw (79) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The best of all the black ipa’s I’ve tried over the years. Marked hop aroma and presence. Roasted malt backbone but no ashy or strong roasted bitterness.
stretchfest (79) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A big sexy black IPA. Deep dark color with a reddish hue. Hoppy aroma and a hop-forward flavor with a roasty-sweet backbone.