harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber Done side by side with 11 th anniversary. pours black like a stout with tan head. smells like A.B. with more floral aroma and higher alcohol presents .,hops dominate this bad boy. hints of cocoa. way more bitter than sweet..glad i tried it not gonna have seconds.
NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark black with an off white head. Aroma of hops, brown sugar, caramels and roasted malts. Taste is a sweet hoppy goodness that coats the mouth with just a hint of peat. Roasted malts and some chocolate notes follow. Nice carbonation. This is what a black IPA strives to be. The sweetness and hops balance very well. Finishes with a resiny citrus hoppiness that goes on and on. What a treat.
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a thick beige head. Aroma is hop-heavy, with floral and bitter hops both there in bunches. Some sugary malt notes as well. Flavor is also hop-centric, but with other more subtle notes like fruits and chocolate coffee. Feel is silky smooth. This is an interesting beer, and is unlike very many other beers I have had. Glad to have tried it, though its certainly no session beer. One bottle is fine for now.
someviking (132) - old bridge, New Jersey, USA - APR 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours nearly black with some ruby colors showing through. nice tan head. aroma is well hopped and roasted malts poke out as well. taste initially is powerful bitter hops which seems to be a staple of stone beers. towards the end i get nice coffee and roasted malts. well rounded american black ale. definately one of the better ones iíve had.
tunneler (131) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Was quite sad about this one after reading some glowing reviews here and having it within a few days of a Hop Rod Rye. itís just didnít gel - too much bitter hop action overtop the mild body
TarcisioVasco (131) - Ribeir„o Preto (SP)., BRAZIL - MAY 14, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A cerveja ť excelente, mas n„o na minha opini„o n„o merece nota 100, degustada durante reuni„o da Confrabacon em Ribeir„o Preto (SP), Brazil.
coachd (130) - Missouri, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like a DIPA, only better. It has subtle roasty chocolate qualities. The hops are still there, but you can tell thereís a lot more going on. Interesting contrast in appearance - the beer is jet black with a nearly white head. The foam just refuses to go away. Taste is similar to the smell. Roast and bitter chocolate up front, some soy sauce and faint black licorice with an aftertaste that has the signature Stone assault on the taste buds. The palate is better than most IPAís - perhaps Iím biased; dark beers always seem to have a better palate in my opinion. Black IPAís are hit and miss with me, but this is one of the better ones I have tried. Right now, Iím thinking it is even better than Firestone Walker Wookey Jack.
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Barclays in Oakland, CA. Nice chocolaty and hoppy aroma. Smooth, hides the alcohol pretty well, except for a little hot alcohol mid-palate. I was thinking de-husked carafa or chocolate malt before reading the description - I guess thatís pretty close to what we have here. Definitely not bitter dark malts, no roasted barley. The citrus qualities make this a bit like a fruit flavored chocolate, in the best ways. Chinook and Amarillo are pretty apparent, I wouldnít have guessed Simcoe though. The signature simcoe citrus grapefruit blends interestingly with the darker malts. The finish is pretty smooth, I think they had pretty good attenuation on this one. The slight hot alcohol will probably improve with age, as well as the melding of hop profile with the darker malts. Iíd like to see Stone do this IPA with a British IPA hop strategy in the bittering and a little Stone touch in the finish. I couldnít drink this every day, but it was tasty.
beerproject (129) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is american hoppy plus some dark malts, maybe roasted. Flavor is a phenomenal black ipa, bitter and hoppy with some chocolate and roasted notes.
INDASTRIA (129) - Berlin & Rome, GERMANY - OCT 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Thatís definitely a big boy. just after you look at the label youíll already be having an idea of what you are going through. once the cap is off, a strong flavor hits your nose. muscular aspect: solid black body with no mercy for the others colors, cappuccino big rocky head. The aroma has so many sides: hops (a lot of it), grass, resin, vegetables (mostly onion. not so fresh bottle?), roasted burnt malt, chocolate, coffee, toffee, dark fruits. With the taste comes the masterpiece: a damned perfectly brewed BIPA. so, what iím drinking, an ipa? a stout? none of them and both. anyway malt, chocolate, coffee, hops, dark fruits, resin a little bit vanilla. The body is massive, the oily mouth-fell sticks your tongue out; itís not easy to finish it, but you canít stop drinking it, cause it damned good.
I had so many wannabe BIPA so far, but just few of them got the result. The Sublimely Self Righteous Ale just watch them and laughs ruling the style. As i wrote above, this wasnít a fresh bottle, so i didnít get all the citric, fresh fruit aroma that have been noticed in the other reviews probably. but the point is: this beer deserves a very high score when is not in a perfect shape. I can only image what could be my score for a fresh bottle... stone: we are not talking about craft beer, thatís the best, perfect way to brew beer