alandudeman (25) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 21, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2007 Nice hoppy roasted scent with slight under-tones of citrus.
Nice and strong flavor. Definitely tasted citrus, hops, and a strong roasted flavor all blended. Also think there were berries in there somewhere. All this conglomerates to a pleasant bitterness on your palate and a smile on your face followed by a pleasant warming sensation in your throat...
Consumed from a bottle so I can’t comment on the color or head.
Texture was pretty thick but not stout thick.
Fits nicely between IPA and Stout. Not the best ale to introduce your college buddies to if they prefer crap...
kdrobb2k (24) - Willingboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First whiff off the bottle was stunning. Pours a dark black with a short but lasting head. Borders on a porter in appearance. Piney with a mild chocolate flavor. The sweet hoppy flavor comes through along with the smooth IPA type mouth feel. Some pleasant bitterness lingers on the tongue. Stone has out done itself on this one. Better than the 10th.
bhightow (24) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
grass, citrus, black, frothy, very bitter, medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish,
skylercampbell (24) - Berkeley, California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stone’s newest year-round brew is also their best. This beer is everything a Black IPA should be - smooth, medium-bodied, dry, and tremendously hoppy. It looks like a porter and tastes like an IPA, but smoothed around the edges by the dark malt and, presumably, spot-on water chemistry. A truly world class beer.
BFassburg (23) - El Paso, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black but tastes and smells like an IPA. Leaves moderate lacing and has a thick foam head that lasts. Has a good amount of bitterness but doesn’t overpower the malt. Body isnt too heavy and is quite smooth.
EricDanger (23) - USA - OCT 10, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stone did it again. Great IPA. Its a nice change up from the ruination or the rgular IPA....little darker, litttle heavier, but with a much more complex flavor. Give it a shot of your a fan of big bad american IPA.
sridleyGTR (23) - Golden, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a trappist glass from a 22 oz bottle. Looks like a stout – opaque black with a thin tan head that fades to almost nothing, but leaves lacing behind. Aroma dominated by juniper / pine, with malty undertones. Creamy palate that turns slightly fizzy (you feel the carbonation that you can’t see). Bitter cocoa up front transforms into a major piney hop aftertaste. Some smoke flavors emerge as the beer warms. Finishes with lingering medicinal and cherry flavors. A strange combination of flavors, but the ABV is well hidden.
beerlud (22) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich creamy head. Great lacing. Hops, peaches, peach cobbler, mint, subtle herbs (oregano, rosemary), pine needles and sap in the nose. Sweet cane sugar, and subtle peaches, pine needles and sap.. Loads of hops throughout into a long lasting hop finish. A typical Stone hop overload. Still a fantastic beer!
bobbo16 (22) - Copley, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had it on tap a couple weeks ago in Boulder at West End Tavern. At the time, it was described as a stone IPA with roasted dark malts. It was so much more. I love ABA and this was somewhere between ABA and their IPA. Outstanding. Sorry I can’t be more descriptive of all the flavors.
Tovrleaf (22) - - OCT 4, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very Brown color, roasted flavor. Aroma is sweet, caramel. Gets better at the end. Fruity.