altehkiller (71) - , California, USA - APR 7, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Peculiar beer in that they call it a black ipa and i wholeheartedly agree. lots of hops with a smooth roasted flavor. unique beer with a unique flavor. one of my favorites!
aplus01 (71) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma - Hop forward aroma. Citrus and Pine.
Appearance - Black with white head. Delicate lacing on glass.
Taste - Intense bitterness from the hops and malty sweetness.
Palate - Moderate carbonation and medium bodied.
Overall - Great black IPA. As good as Uinta’s Dubhe. Very drinkable.
TH28 (71) - - APR 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance is jet black with a nice creamy tan foam cap. Aroma is very nice pine and earthy hop notes, Taste is deep roasted chocolate, with plum and dark fruit. Malt is a bit sweeter than an imperial stout, but with similar deep roasted cocoa notes. Sweetness of the deep malt blends into smooth bitterness from the hops that becomes more intense on the swallow. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, with a definitive creaminess as opposed to the dryness. Bitterness from the roasted malt and hops lingers on the finish, with a warming from the alcohol. Overall, this is a great Black IPA
Oogiee (70) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
earthy, barnyard, spruce, herbs, hay, black, tan foam, white foam, medium bitterness, light sweetness, lightly sour, salty, full body, slick feel, soft carbonation, bitter, long finish,
dansac (70) - Loa Angeles, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not huge on Black IPAs, but Stone makes one of the best. Pours like a fizzly porter; black; smell is hops and roasted malts: resiny and citrusy. Mouthfeel is medium to full, cirsp carbonation. Flavor is bitter, with toasted malts, and hop bitterness. Dry finish.
Overall, an excellent black IPA, second only to Firestone’s Wookey Jack, and Clown Shoes’ Hoppy Feet 1.5
Brain_Parasite (70) - California, USA - APR 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours nearly black, with a medium-size tan/off-white head. Gorgeous looking beer. Aroma of chocolates, grains, slight citrus. Very flavorful, lots of malt and chocolate notes upfront and a nice bitterness at the end. Some chocolate, raisin, and pine notes as well. Nice smokey aftertaste. Really good, another fine beer from Stone.
JW32Hoops (70) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 9, 2010
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber, pint glass. Never had this one, didn’t know what to expect. Poured way dark, stout-like opaque blackness with a small tan head. Aroma was underwhelming, some pine, hops, little caramel. Ridiculously drinkable for such a dark, heavy beer. Hoppy as fuck while retaining a sweet, malty balance which is neither too sweet or too malty. The hops are definitely the star, but not to a one-dimensional degree. The dudes at Stone can afford to be cocky, cuz they back it up with epic ales. I’m usually not that into super dark, heavy beers, but by giving it a hoppy IPA-edge, it winds up being the best of both worlds. 8.7% ABV? Yes, please.
heminator (70) - 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.
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.
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!