Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2011
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is luscious, fruity, floral hops. Slightly citrusy notes combine with the roasted chocolate flavors of the malt. Smells delicous. Pours a dark brown with a big off white head. Taste is roasted malt immediately on the front, slightly chocolate. Follows up with a huge hop punch. Really coats your mouth with flavor. Lingering bitterness. Surprising amount of hop character for as powerful as the malt still is. Best black IPA Iíve tasted.
EHouse (170) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An opaque brick of ebony sits sublimely in my glass with a nice head of tan. You can smell the hops right after popping the cap: smells like a pine forest full of sweaty men (As strange as it sounds I smell a hint of BO/cheese). A perfect medium body of coffee, bittersweet chocolate and a hint of sweetness. Finishes long and tingly with spicy pine and all that glorious hoppy bitterness. Iím amazed how balanced this is considering how hoppy it gets in the finish. A solid Cascadian!
horto008 (170) - Alabama, USA - MAY 8, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very intriguing. Thatís how I would describe it. Self-Righteous poured a very dark, almost black amber with a relatively thick head. Aroma was sweet with alcohol and citrus notes.
Taste was complicated. There was a distinct sweetness that reminded me of a dubbel or trippel, but the hops or dark malt or whatever was in it managed to keep a terrific bitterness that kept it from being too sweet. Note: nowhere close to as bitter as Arrogant Bastard or any of the Stone IPAs. Had a light smokey flavor that sticks with you. Iíve given high marks simply because it isnít like anything else Iíve run into.
RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Itís interesting to taste this beer, itís boozy, hoppy and has a lingering bitterness to it. It also has a bit of an oily texture, pretty good, not a 100 though.
raiderfost (169) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2007
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
WOW!!!!!!!! This is heaven. Poured a rich dark brown with a light brown head. I was instantly overcome by the aroma of hops that no other IPA could recreate.The next 20 minutes were amazing! I have to get more of this! Thank you GandGKevin.
beeratarian (169) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark browm almost black with a light brown medium head. Aroma is mostly hops with a little dark roasted malt, almost slightly burnt. Initial flavors are that of a smoothed out ruination. Very smooth and easy to drink for the style. Your mind tricks you into thinking it will be malty and roasty, but the reality of it is just a balance to the ridiculous amounts of hops that stone likes to use. The finish is dry and creamy at the same time. What makes this beer so good is the drinkablity. I could pound a bomber and look for more. The fresher the better with this beer. A dark beer that is right at home on the john deer in the middle of summer or as a warmer on a winter ski trip.
metalhead0043 (168) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle for 4 bucks. Pours black with an amber hue and a huge tan head. Aroma is mostly a strong floral hop with some fruit, vanilla and caramel malt underneath. Taste is pretty much exclusively hop flavors; pine and floral. Not much finish on this one to speak of either. Body is average, average carbonation. Iím not really tasting any of the malt flavors in this one. It kinda just tastes like an IPA to me. Not bad by any stretch but it hasnít blown me away either.
thefle (168) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
amazing black IPA. Usually iím not a fan of black IPAs, i feel they lack aroman and bite, not the case here, great IPA in general. Do it.
MannyGoldberg (168) - The big bad LDN, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Based on itís status as top ranked black IPA on here Iíd been looking forward to trying this out. An extremely pleasant beer but lacking the hop attack I like in my preferred black IPAs. Not much on the nose but reassuring malty sweetness. Overall Iíd rate any of the three Kernel black IPAs released so far ahead of this brew. None of those are in the top 50 though, go figure!
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Chadski4 (167) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 20, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Perfect pour with light tan head that retains a lot of lacing. The 90 IBU's are definitely present in the bitterness but very balanced and complemented by a hint of coffee and caramel. Very well crafted.