Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours out a extremely dark brown with a light red hue. Nose is mostly hops with some pine and a bit of malt. Flavor is hoppy, too hoppy in my opinion. Once the hoppiness dies down you get roast and citrusy acidic notes. I really wanted to like this beer, but it’s so unbalanced and it’s a bit too raw even for stone. This one seems unfinished. It’s just not that pleasant to drink.
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle: Pours a deep dark brown almost black with nice finger plus of tan head. The aroma is sweet, with nice hope presence but not like a west coast IPA. I get roast, some chocolate and almost a hint of smoke. It feels really nice in you mouth, almost creamy but the finish is a little harsh with a hop bite. Great lacing as the beer drains from the glass. Unusual but a good change for Stone on this Anniversary effort.
tdoyledesign (179) - Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a black with a thin viscosity and a thin head. Smells is smokey hops and a hint of caramel and hops. Taste is roasted malts with a hop finish. Palate has done roared malts, middle is apricot, molasses and caramel and a hop finish.
eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 28, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
An absolutely spectacular black ipa. Perfectly meshes the tastes of a German dark with those of a high quality double ipa. Astonishly smooth, tons of flavor. Smells wonderful. Stones best ever (imo)
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ok, here we go Stone, it’s Friday evening, settling in for the weekend, let’s make it a good night. Crack the cap off and pour into a trappist glass, a deep deep dark reddish (only visible when held to light) color with a tan full head. This beer looks simply beautiful. The nose has raisins initially, then transitions into a floral experience. The flavor is awesome, sweet toffee malts and floral hops. The head is buttery on the lips with an aftertaste and breath of slight refreshing stings of alcohol. This is fantastic, a definite BUY!
emobassfoo (178) - Webster, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Notes: Milky mahogany and auburn color with an off-white flimsy head. Great lacing. Rich aroma. It stings. Chocolate-covered licorice, cherries, and a hint of roasted malt. Fragrant. Sweet malts; roasty and a bit of chocolate at first. Hops balance this flavor out with some resiny notes. Complex. Rides off the tongue and gums. Smooth palate, much more body than I expected. Bitter x3. Not too harsh or too alcoholic. Threshold of a barley wine. Good!
kwerikson (178) - burlington, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours out a clear brown producing a 2 finger thick head that was mocha coffee colored. the body is black with no light penetration and the head was thick and frothy and fell at a slow rate. the aromas are light but i can smell some pine, little hops, some malt, and light alcohol. it is medium bodied and has a smooth mouthfeel. the flavors are great and is really "drinkable". it finishes smooth and has no real potent aftertaste. very good beer.
Shink (177) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Out of the bottle from Uptown after the Stone tasting. I didn?t get to try this one so I bought a bottle and I am glad I did. Pours dark brown, almost black with a thick tan head. Extremely hoppy smell and taste which is a huge upside. Slightly malty finish, but not overpowering. Hoppy taste comes right back with the next drink. High ABV but doesn?t taste like it. Excellent!
brettpace (176) - New York City, New York, USA - SEP 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
THis is a great beer. Very hoppy, very strong. Nice dark color, one of my favorite beers from STONE.
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice brown head on top of a very dark brown, almost black body. Hardly any light gets through the beer, except a brown tint at the top and bottom. Very hoppy aroma with floral notes and citrus but also a little sour citrus notes as well- maybe grapefruit. The floral notes follow through to the palate as well. But the also a bit of a toast and coffee flavors. A bit too burnt tasting for my liking