joshj2176 (103) - California, USA - MAR 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark as night, with a thick brown head. Good Lacing. Burnt hops with a solid malt backbone. Citrus Notes. The roasted malt give the front a very fruity taste. Great big hop taste comes later. Full bodied and creamy
BeerBeCue (103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber poured into snifter. Pours a very dark brown which is almost opaque. Gives a 1/2" inch tan head which reduces to a flat spot in the middle of the glass. Leaves a very fine lacing. Aroma is very roasty and floral hops, a bit "chocolaty" and a quite bit of coffee (which becomes even more intense as the beer warms up). Taste is medium-bitter wih some alcohol presence developping around 12 degrees Celcius. Body is rather full with a slick/nearly oily texture. Carbonation is average for this style. Bitter finish which lasts quite a while! This is a really, really good beer. I have to confess that this is only my 2nd black IPA and the first one was really just "ok" and weighted in at 6% only. So in my book, this is a "double black IPA" and is something really different from the last one I drank. I like this one better!
garretjax (103) - Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Blacker than black ale. Thin off-white head. Floral hop aroma and a slight hint of roast. Full bodied and great mouth feel. Not a thick as it looks, but donít be decieved by that. Itís rich also. Nice and unique!
1/18/08: opened and enjoyed.
john_henry (102) - - MAR 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A great black IPA, but not the best.
Pretty simple, imagine a fairly run of the mill IPA and paint in black.
Iím pleased you donít get the roast notes you often get in black IPAís, which I personally donít feel should be too evident. However I have to say it was a little disappointing, but Iíll certainly have it again, and look forward to having it closer to the brewery, rather than after itís travelled all the way to Japan. Just feels the hops have dropped out a little.
Guyute_Pig (102) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2012 Draft and Bottle. Dark black color with a nice cream head, a bit off white, about two fingers. Nose is big on hops with caramel and roasted malt. The hops dominate, though. Taste is a bit of roast and carmel, maybe a few dark fruit notes, but overall dominated by hops. Love this stuff.
k9coug (101) - USA - OCT 11, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I better rate this beer half-way through the bottle less my intoxication empare my judgment (and my spelling). Loved the aroma, reminded me of juniper and Iím a big gin guy. Well balanced, caramel, distinctly bitter. Hard to believe it is a wine strength ale.
AHTOH (101) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Duvel tulip.
APPEARANCE: Pitch black. Hues of deep dark brown only barely discernible at the edges when held to light.
Head is dark beige, creamy, has lengthy retention, minimal lace.
AROMA: Citrus (grapefruit) and grassy hops, lightly roasted malt, light coffee. Hops more prominent than malt.
Hints of dark bitter chocolate.
TASTE: Citrusy and some grassy hop taste combined with hop and roasted malt bitterness. More roasted malts on taste than on nose, however hops still more prominent than malt.
Hints of chocolate malt.
MOUTH FEEL: Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Alcohol well hidden behind bitterness and roasty characteristics.
OVERALL: Bitter finish a tad more bitter and longer lasting than would have preferred. Like drinking an Americano with grapefruit peel.
phillybeer7779 (101) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black in color, hops primarily on the nose. Hoppy flavor with roasted malt flavor. No hint at all of the alcohol.
coachd (101) - 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.
boccefloyd (101) - Bon Air, Virginia, USA - JUL 15, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Citrusy / piney hop flavors and bitterness come through nicely and more than balance out the roasted malt backbone. Tan head is large, long lasting, and knows how to lace a glass. Iím liking this beer.