oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is bursting of hops, also has hints of caramel, plum, floral and citrus. Flavor blends very well together (rather complex) with notes of Hops, malts, fruit, chocolate, toffee and pine. EXTREMELY GOOD beer, cant even detect the alcohol content. I was also surprised at how this beer could smell and taste so similar to an IPA, yet so much different: smoother & more body.
Way to set the trend Stone !
c_lee_burton (137) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another delicious Stone offering. Great combo of smoke, coffee, hops, citrus, carbonation, and cherry. Wonderful year round brew that’s hearty enough for Winter, yet smooth and crisp enough for Summer.
Humlehode (136) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with light brown head. Aroma of citrus, chocolate and some roasted, smokey notes. Very smooth and balanced, but yet complex taste. A superb beer.
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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.
MPosey (134) - , Georgia, USA - FEB 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a midnight black, with very little light brown head. Stong cascade hops aromas. Strong initial hops attach which mellows to a nice warm finish. Very good beer.
Obfuscate (133) - Minneapolis, - DEC 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black in color, smells very hoppy but you also get the lighter roasted malts and some dark fruit, slight chocolate. Classic Stone bitterness but smoothed out a bit. Easy drinking for 8.7%
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.
Aholmb1 (132) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: opaque black, little foam from the draft, minimal lacing on the glass
Aroma: slight hoppy smell, not very aromatic
Taste: hoppy and bitter, not very overwhelming flavor, not as chocolate or coffee taste as expected
Overall: this is an excellent beer, different than what I expected but pleasantly surprised
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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 i’ve had.
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.