TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - JUL 12, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On Tap at City Beer: Pours black with white head. Nose is pine, hops, and chocolate. Palate is just right, extremely easy drinking. Hoppy makes me happy and this one made me happy. Recommended.
foosnbrews (145) - Parker, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I didn’t know what this beer style was until I poored it and all I could think was IPA. Obviously a black IPA due to the color but closing my eyes IPA is driving style. Beer has an intense hop aroma with a touch of roasted aroma. Beer poors black with a very pale tan head. Beer flavor is bitter like an IPA but backing malt character is substituted with a very slight chocolate roasty flavor. Medium body with a slight drying astringency after swallow. Overall a very cool beer. I’d definately get another.
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 I’ll have to save the full review for next time--thank goodness Stone continued making this brew.
GarageBrewer80 (143) - SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Svart jordig färg. Liten smutsbrun skumkrona. Doft av rostad malt. Rå besk smak. Torkade fikon, salmiak och starkt kaffe.
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 (142) - 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 don’t know how to rank it. Can’t wait to see what comes out next year!!
Gamin (141) - Brockport, New York, USA - AUG 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle about three weeks after it's enjoy by date so keep that in mind. Pours a deep black with a nice head that holds for a little while. Smells mostly of hops (mostly grass) with little to no roastiness noticeable. Taste is bitter up front with a balanced hop character and a bit of roasted malt at the very end. It goes down easy and is complex and interesting. You can't really go wrong with this one. Based on this example I would not be scared off if it's a bit past its enjoy by date, especially if you can get a deal.
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 IPA’s 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!!!!!