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.
Chrishrt30 (82) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jet black and oily, thick creamy off white head.
Big fruity and floral aroma, toasted malt, caramel, toffee and a slight musky hint.
Medium thickness, big caramel, licorice, strong hits of grapefruit, which lead through to the finish.
Bitterness of burnt toast and Vegemite, good citrus hit right towards the end.
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firefly765 (82) - - DEC 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle pours a deep black with a foamy tan head. Nice citrus aroma. With some pine notes also. Very nice tasting black IPA. Nice Malt to hops balance nice roasty flavor but not over done
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dliberto (81) - Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Drank from bottle. Smells of wood, chocolate, coffee, nuts, and hops. Tastes of resin, pine, chocolate, citrus. Heavy carbonation, Heavy mouth feel. Absolutely amazing
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.
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.
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.
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.
joesf35 (78) - Margate, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown to black with a light brown head. Aroma is typical stone brewhouse aroma plus citrus and roasty malt. Taste is rich malt, chocolate, toast, esters, citrus, delicious. A cold weather beer. Comfort food.
beeratarian (77) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark browm almost black with a light brown medium head. Aroma is mostly hops with a little dark roasted malt, almost slightly burnt. Initial flavors are that of a smoothed out ruination. Very smooth and easy to drink for the style. Your mind tricks you into thinking it will be malty and roasty, but the reality of it is just a balance to the ridiculous amounts of hops that stone likes to use. The finish is dry and creamy at the same time. What makes this beer so good is the drinkablity. I could pound a bomber and look for more. The fresher the better with this beer. A dark beer that is right at home on the john deer in the middle of summer or as a warmer on a winter ski trip.