vandc01 (145) - North Branch, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle with a enjoy by date of 8/28. Todayís date is 9/5.
Aroma - chocolate, oakey - very unique
Appearance - Pitch black - no suprises
Taste/ Palate - Lots of oakyness. Past the freshness date probably makes a different.
Overall - Having something after the freshness date usually means it isnít as good as it should be.
Not a bad beer, but I would like to try it fresher to see how different it is.
metalhead0043 (144) - Raleigh, 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.
GlenVargas (144) - Missouri, USA - FEB 26, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2010 Oh, man, I popped open an 11th Anniversary bottle a while back when I was in desperate need of another drink post-beer :30 at the tail end of an already long night. That might have been a mistake because all I can really remember about this beer was that it was awesome! The numerical ratings are based on what I can recall, but I think Iíll have to save the full review for next time--thank goodness Stone continued making this brew.
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle, dark, nearly black with a tan head and a bit of lacing. The fresh tang of piney hops of an IPA and the dark malt background of a porter give this beer an identity crisis. However, this example is a combination of the best traits of both, Excellent beer.
hopheadsbrew (142) - Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Mahogany clear appearance. Smells like piney hops and roasted malt. Thick creamy head. Flavors of roasted malt and chocolate with a hoppy aftertaste. Well balanced and smooth bitter finish.
DragonsHead (140) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
What the @@@@ is an IBA? India Black Ale? Wonderful taste, but I donít know how to rank it. Canít wait to see what comes out next year!!
IPAGargoyleGuy (140) - Troy, NY, New York, USA - APR 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting beer, not quite what I was expecting. It has a more malty and nutty character than most IPAís but with enough hops to till live up to the name. i like a crisp finish on an IPA, but this was a bit different with malts and bitterness coming through together.
McGrupp612 (139) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I loved this beer as the 11th anniversary, and i am so happy to see it again. Pitch black with a large tan head. The aroma is thick with hops. Citrus, pine and bitter coffee invite me to smell and smell. Much lighter body than expected but still very good. Awesome flavor...Sharp bitterness, hop flavor, dry dark malt bitterness and a little bit of fruit. It finished bone dry. Sharp lingering bitterness, slight roast (robust porter/dry stout), and a wisper of wood. Excellent brew!!!!!
cduncan14 (138) - Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Big aromas of roasted malt, coffee, bourbon and grapefruit. From the taste, you could easily be fooled into believing that this was a hopped-up porter, with coffee notes on the front and back end, and lots of hops in between and lingering through the very long and pleasant finish. This is a very good beer, and the one that all other Black IPAs should aspire to be.
chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle poured into a Stone pairing glass (short-stemmed goblet) adorned with the familiar gargoyle logo.
Pours a nearly pitch black topped with a one and half finger cream-colored head. Great retention and significant web-like lacing. Roasted malt, light citrus, and pronouced piney notes on the nose. Opens with roasted malt, hints of citrus joined by grapefruit rind. Finishes with bitter rind, pine, and roasted grain and malt. Well carbonated; smooth and silky. A fantastic black IPA; a brew that was one of the first to define the style.