Aholmb1 (132) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: opaque black, little foam from the draft, minimal lacing on the glass
Aroma: slight hoppy smell, not very aromatic
Taste: hoppy and bitter, not very overwhelming flavor, not as chocolate or coffee taste as expected
Overall: this is an excellent beer, different than what I expected but pleasantly surprised
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
tunneler (131) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Was quite sad about this one after reading some glowing reviews here and having it within a few days of a Hop Rod Rye. itís just didnít gel - too much bitter hop action overtop the mild body
TarcisioVasco (131) - Ribeir„o Preto (SP)., BRAZIL - MAY 14, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A cerveja ť excelente, mas n„o na minha opini„o n„o merece nota 100, degustada durante reuni„o da Confrabacon em Ribeir„o Preto (SP), Brazil.
Turboninja (130) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 24, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Medium-strong, quite sweet and alcohol flavored aroma with raisin, malts and chocolate. Black color with light-medium, long staying, beige head. Strong though smooth taste with some sweetness. Raisin, syrup, malts, chocolate and coffee in semi-roasted style. Some alcohol flavor suits for this beer. Also a bit of hops but in very balanced manner concerned with other flavors. Medium-wide taste spectrum and long, bit fruity, malty and hoppy aftertaste. Medium mouth feel and medium-low carbonation. A perfect beer.
beeratarian (130) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark browm almost black with a light brown medium head. Aroma is mostly hops with a little dark roasted malt, almost slightly burnt. Initial flavors are that of a smoothed out ruination. Very smooth and easy to drink for the style. Your mind tricks you into thinking it will be malty and roasty, but the reality of it is just a balance to the ridiculous amounts of hops that stone likes to use. The finish is dry and creamy at the same time. What makes this beer so good is the drinkablity. I could pound a bomber and look for more. The fresher the better with this beer. A dark beer that is right at home on the john deer in the middle of summer or as a warmer on a winter ski trip.
beerproject (129) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is american hoppy plus some dark malts, maybe roasted. Flavor is a phenomenal black ipa, bitter and hoppy with some chocolate and roasted notes.
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Barclays in Oakland, CA. Nice chocolaty and hoppy aroma. Smooth, hides the alcohol pretty well, except for a little hot alcohol mid-palate. I was thinking de-husked carafa or chocolate malt before reading the description - I guess thatís pretty close to what we have here. Definitely not bitter dark malts, no roasted barley. The citrus qualities make this a bit like a fruit flavored chocolate, in the best ways. Chinook and Amarillo are pretty apparent, I wouldnít have guessed Simcoe though. The signature simcoe citrus grapefruit blends interestingly with the darker malts. The finish is pretty smooth, I think they had pretty good attenuation on this one. The slight hot alcohol will probably improve with age, as well as the melding of hop profile with the darker malts. Iíd like to see Stone do this IPA with a British IPA hop strategy in the bittering and a little Stone touch in the finish. I couldnít drink this every day, but it was tasty.
INDASTRIA (129) - Berlin & Rome, GERMANY - OCT 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Thatís definitely a big boy. just after you look at the label youíll already be having an idea of what you are going through. once the cap is off, a strong flavor hits your nose. muscular aspect: solid black body with no mercy for the others colors, cappuccino big rocky head. The aroma has so many sides: hops (a lot of it), grass, resin, vegetables (mostly onion. not so fresh bottle?), roasted burnt malt, chocolate, coffee, toffee, dark fruits. With the taste comes the masterpiece: a damned perfectly brewed BIPA. so, what iím drinking, an ipa? a stout? none of them and both. anyway malt, chocolate, coffee, hops, dark fruits, resin a little bit vanilla. The body is massive, the oily mouth-fell sticks your tongue out; itís not easy to finish it, but you canít stop drinking it, cause it damned good.
I had so many wannabe BIPA so far, but just few of them got the result. The Sublimely Self Righteous Ale just watch them and laughs ruling the style. As i wrote above, this wasnít a fresh bottle, so i didnít get all the citric, fresh fruit aroma that have been noticed in the other reviews probably. but the point is: this beer deserves a very high score when is not in a perfect shape. I can only image what could be my score for a fresh bottle... stone: we are not talking about craft beer, thatís the best, perfect way to brew beer
v8powered (127) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a deceiving beer because it is dark in color but tastes much more like a Double IPA (which it is.) The dark malt is overtaken by the hoppiness. Most of the sweetness of the hops taken away. A little too bitter (not sure if it is the hop choice or just my expectation.) Still a good beer and I am glad I gave it a try.
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First beer in the SD tour and what a start. Deep dark brown/black with thin tan head. Malty caramel nose but not very strong; that is taken care of in the flavor of burnt malts and coffee which leaves the palate rather cleanly.