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!
NateBarnett (69) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - AUG 6, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was my introduction to the black IPA. Pours black without a head from a 22oz bottle. Aroma: caramel, toast. Taste: medium sweetness. Palate: thicker than an average IPA with what I would estimate to be average carbonation. Very enjoyable, among the best that Iíve tried from Stone.
asmithbeer (69) - California, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Black pour with decent head. Aroma of hops and toasted grain. Flavor is bitter from hops and then bitter from the roasty toasty malts, hint of citrus. Good mouthfeel and carbonation.
IvoR (68) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours black with a think brownish head.Aroma is of hops, very strong, even with a hint of alcohol. Flavor is very hoppy, maybe fruity as well. It does remind me of grapefruit now that I read otherís ratings (I am very poor at detecting fruit flavor myself). A vague hint of chocolate in the end that quickly disappears. The finish is nice and lasting. A very good beer.
firefly765 (68) - - 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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kev1001 (67) - Montana, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber. Pours dark brown, almost the color of a porter but a bit more translucent. Thin, tan head. Interesting to drink a beer this dark and have it be this hoppy. I expected the maltiness to balance out the hoppyness but the hops come through a lot more, although this isnít a bad thing. The usual citrus, pine, floral notes of an IPA donít come through near as much in this beer, but the bitterness is definitely there. I thought it would be a little sweeter, given the alcohol content. Subtle hints of dry chocolate, licorice, cough syrup and resin are present also. Not the most amazing beer Iíve ever had but one of the more interesting and creative ones. Thumbs up for sure.
ipamonger (67) - New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark, dark brown, with a thin fleeting head. Aroma of hops, citrus, floral, malt, coffee, vanilla. Taste is a great bittersweet, resiny hops comes through. Fantastic IPA.
MakeItDrinkIt (66) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep deep brown to charcoal black in color with a thin head. Big hoppy nose. Chwwey hops with dark molasses/black cherry flavors, however the predominant flavors are from the hops, adding a grapefruit/citrus facet and overpowering the large malt bill. Somewhat like a fresh batch of barley wine... See <a href="http://www.1000BottlesofBeer.com"& for the complete review. Cheers!
moonbug (66) - Bryan, - MAR 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful dark beer with a light head. Sweet chocolaty spicy full taste. Smooth finish. Overall a very good Nd interesting beer.
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ChrisFields (65) - Ashtabula, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma- Green pine and pungent. Almost like if a cat urinated on your christmas tree.. I dont mean this in a bad way i am just trying to express the power behind the smell.
Appearance- Deep deep red amber with lacy cream head. Good lacing.
Taste- Piney with potent hops and floral boquet. Very nice.
Palate- medium body with a smooth dryness.
Overall- Great "punch you in your taste buds" boldness. Like a mix between a porter and an ipa. Very unique and worth trying.