beerczar69 (39) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great tasting beer.Had on draft.Pours dark brown almost black and what a rich smooth taste.Cannot taste the alcohol at all.One of the best.
mtlasley (39) - Anna, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: A deep brown color pours from the bottle but becomes absolutely once itís in the glass and light isnít getting through this at all. Very deep and solid looking. Itís almost a little intimidating. Thereís a great dark beige head that towers at three fingers. The bubbles are massive and they stick around forever. Looks great in the glass.
Smell: The hop profile is strong on top but this beer has got secrets. Thereís caramel, malt and a smooth breadiness that are lying just under the surface, playing over a strong smoke scent. Stone really knows how to make some aromatic beers and Self-Righteous teases the nose with the best of them.
Mouthfeel: Rich. Thereís a refreshing, crisp quality here that still manages to be creamy.
Taste: Hops hit first and refresh more than anything. I was expecting a much more bitter hop expression and while thereís bitterness here, itís just smooth and clean. The tartness of them help hold the beer together. Lots of grapefruit and tangerine. A bit of lime is hiding in there too. As it passes the center of the mouth, the caramel, malt and smoke steal the show. Really, really well balanced. As it warms, I start to sense a coffee flavor. The beer ends as refreshingly as it began with a tart hop profile. Very enjoyable.
Overall: A well balanced but still hop forward black ale that surprises with itís complexity? Check. Decent price? Check. The fun of Stone brewery? Check. Another hit from Stone and another delicious hop-heavy black ale for the world.
demondeacon09 (39) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber poured into ale glassware. Enticing aroma of hops and roast coffee. Small beige head that lingers. Taste of rye and coffee with a bitter hop finish. Great brew
djc920 (38) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Man, this was like walking into a punch. There is a lot of hop character to this, itís bitter in a good way, and the roasty coffee/chocolate just finished me off. Aftertaste was earthy and dirty, which some may enjoy more than I did. Would definitely give this another go. Itís not well-suited for a very warm summer night --my mistake.
Zbong (38) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours black, tastes of malt, hops, but they are not overbearing. Strong full-flavored beer but is surprisingly easy to drink at almost 9%. I think I like this more than the 12th. Overall a great brew.
TopherJackson (37) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Last beer at the Stone beer dinner with the dessert course and it was a perfect pairing because this beer is basically an alchoholic dessert. Has a decieving aroma that made me think they were serving Ruination. Huge hop aroma....but then you taste it and you get chocolate, raisins and molassas...then hops at the end. Awesome beer!
fg8080 (37) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black IPA, fruity/cofee aroma, deep roasted flavors, very bitter...dark amber hue with tan foamy head
BnMBrewCrew (36) - Randolph, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: Very malted aroma but with a nicely balanced hop. Smells of roasted barley, chocolate, caramel, and pine. The ABV on this brew comes through in the scent as well .
Appearance: Thick dark tan head with a nice lacing. Has a very dark, almost black pour with a red tint.
Taste: Tastes woody, smokey, and roasted with a hint of chocolate. It has a nice sharp bitterness as well. Grapefruit notes present.
Palate: full body, lively carbonation, oily texture, long bitter finish
Ndg2e (36) - Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is very dark with medium head. Taste is sweet with a hint of citrus and hoppy with a bitter finish that lingers.
mcb (36) - - JUL 18, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Darker the beer, sweeter the taste!.....This is close to perfection. What a way to combine the best of both worlds.........dark stout and ipa.....wow, insane or should I say sublimely delicious!