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.
Kroney (160) - 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%.
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 it’s 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.
HoppyAlesToYou (159) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Scents of cereal, chocolate, coffee, nuts, resin, citrus, and earthy tea invite a sip. I take a draw from the tulip glass, letting the dark brown ale greet my lips through the pillowy tan head. Such a well balanced ale, the dark malt traits are restrained, sharing the lead with the delicious hops.
A long tea like bitter finish leaves you craving more. SSSRA is wings and horns above any other Black IPA I’ve had, and always a pleasure.
agent_511 (157) - - JUL 13, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of chocolate, roast coffee, and a hint of nuttiness. Pours dark brown, almost opaque black, with a thick, foamy, tan head with long retention and fills the mouth with a creamy sensation. Tastes of bitter dark chocolate, earthy hops. Balanced toward bitter. Full body, slightly creamy, a little alcohol warming. Fantastic beer.
idedek (157) - USA - JUL 29, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful color black with a redish hue. a nice piney aroma combined with dark chocolate. a nice medium to full body with a chocolate and coffee flavors. a exceptional clean finish with some piney flavor more chocolate really nice.
Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - OCT 3, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark black color with light brown head, looks better than it taste. Smells of pine and leaves a bad hop aftertaste. Stone is great beer but this one isn’t for me!
Rotbart (155) - - MAY 25, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark brown color with a long lasting foamy white head. Fairly bold bitter taste with a smooth long cola coffee finish.
One2remeber (153) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, enjoy by 02/27/2014.
Prominent hop nose, fruity pepples, orange, light burnt/smoky.
Heavy citrus orange. Softer grain mouthfeel, perhaps oat, rounds out the smokiness.
Clean leafy hop oil resinous taste and aroma.
One of my all-time favorites. Clean, pronounced hoppiness,