ksigty (107) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from the brewery. It was worth the drive out there. Somewhat sweet but packs a heck of a punch. Lots of hops and some roasted notes. Goes down smooth and has a finish with some bite. I’ll be back for more.....
TH28 (107) - - 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
redbeard3 (107) - - MAY 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a shaker pint. Black pour - really black, even when you hold it to light.
trumpetskid (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours a translucent black with an off white head. Aroma of juicy hops with some dark roast in the background. The roast is more prevalent in the taste, it is well ballanced with the citrus hops. Neither the roast or the hops are particularly bitter, this goes down very smoothly.
UnDecaf (106) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 24, 2010
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Absolutely incredible. Tons of hops but with a creamy chocolate mix and just a hint of caramel.
StormCoat (106) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Picked up a bomber bottle at Henry’s in San Diego, CA. Tasted from a snifter. Pours a very dark, dark brown with a frothy tan head. Piny hop aroma and flavors. Flavors also have a big fruit-and-herb character that offers a strong bitterness, but mellows into a coffee nuttiness. Body is a little over medium. This is very tasty, and a lot like the Stone 15th Anniversary Black IPA. In fact, I suspect that the 15th Anniversary is probably a souped-up version of this beer. Regardless, both are very tasty.
Tselloufc88 (106) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Petaluma Market. Completely black appearance with a biege-white head. Aroma is of pine and grapefruit with some chocolate and coffee also present. Creamy taste, lots of grapefruit initially, then the chocolate, coffee and vanilla comes in and it all comes together with a nice big bitter finish. Tastes no where near 8.7%! Really delicious. Glad I tried this!
bierslaaf (105) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - SEP 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown with small tan head. Malt & citrus mix in aroma and taste. Very complex. Lasting burnt caramel in the finish.
philippem (105) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 Une India Dark Ale explosive où houblons sautillants et choco-moka fondant / fondu viennent se rencontrer pour mieux s’embrasser en bouche. Rôti et agrumes sont également au rendez-vous. Une robe noire qui pourrait faire rougir la plus impérieuse des Stout Impériales! Un autre chef-d’oeuvre de Stone.
Jerm719 (105) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The standard for excellence in a black ipa. Roasted malt, citrus/ piney hops. Burnt lemon, pale malts, smoke, caramel, blackend toast. Balanced, with a long hoppy finish. One of the most popular black IPAs, and for a reason, it’s excellent!