patty26 (95) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is bizarre. Pours a dark brown-black with a fizzy head. When I cracked the bottle I took a whiff and got blasted by the hops. This beer has a very citrusy/hoppy aroma. Very little in the way of malt. The taste is very hoppy and fruity; mainly orange and grapefruit. A good beer but Ruination puts this offering to shame.
jbdpsu82 (95) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark beer-bottle brown color with a foamy thick beige head. Smell is very malt forward, with a hop afterscent. Taste is of roasted malt, strong and delicious. Not boozy at all. Fantastic beer
NatKadaw (95) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
The best of all the black ipaís Iíve tried over the years. Marked hop aroma and presence. Roasted malt backbone but no ashy or strong roasted bitterness.
jeremugohio (94) - springboro, Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a nice beer. I am a big fan of black IPA and this did not dissapoint. Nice subtle floral aroma, appearance is solid dark with good head. Good smooth taste. Stone is quickly becoming one of my favorite
Hkrivera (93) - Guaynabo, PUERTO RICO - FEB 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Never expected this "Ale" to be like this one. Dark, roasted malt flavor; strong taste as all Stone Brewery Beers. Excellent choice !
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kflorence (93) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle. Pours a very thick, dark brown color that you canít see through when held up to the light. Minimal head that turns to some white lacing at the top of the glass. Smells of hops and malts with lesser notes of chocolalte, coffee and alcohol. Very full-flavored beer with a thick mouthfeel. Tastes of hops, sweet and roasted malts and coffee, finishes with dry, tart hop bitterness. It smells much hoppier than it tastes, the malts balance them out pretty well on the palate, which is good for me as Iím not a huge fan of hop-dominated beer, although I canít say Iíd go out of my way to pick this up. Definitely a quality crafted beer that Iíd recommend to fans of IPA style beers.
exadore (92) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
8oz glass. Served at the brewery, with a light brown head. Very malty taste, with an extreme amount of spice to accent the taste. Very bitter finish, but not as much as I expected.
donttreadonme (91) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2010
4.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
What a fantastic offering from Stone. More a black IPA than just strong ale in my memory. It had everything - hops, malt, alcohol, what more could you want.
beersak (91) - akron, USA - APR 3, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Beautiful black appearance with creamy white head. Very smooth and a bitter lingering aftertaste. Excellent overall.
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mikemccarthy (91) - Huntington, West Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich, dark mahogany with a thick, tan head that stays. Good lacing. Complex aroma with strong, floral notes. Effervescent mouthfeel. Strong hoppy taste. Very good representative of its style.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for the Daystrom M-5