boydmarq (48) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2012
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I am stunned at any review that rates this lower than 15 out of 20 on the overall rating. For anyone who loves a hoppy, flavorful beer, this is the absolutely best one out there. And I have tasted a ton of beers. Everyone time I drink this, my first thought is: OMG, this is nectar from the heavens!
mlntroy23 (46) - Iowa, USA - DEC 2, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I haven’t had a whole lot of black ipa’s but I’d have to say this one is great! Nice combo of chocolate and hops. Dark but not heavy, surprising for 8.7.
jh773 (46) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells a little hoppy with light notes of bread. Taste is slightly bitter with vague coffee notes and rye. Pleasantly carbonated. More subtle than I expected and very good.
heylrule (46) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
solid beer. poured very dark aalmost black. Great smell of hops and pine. very smooth medium carbination. Tsted of hopes, pine and choc and coffee.
TheOldKid (46) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2010
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
1 pt 6 oz bottle. Pours a deep dark brown almost black with a thick chocolate colored head that lingers. Aroma is caramel and chocolate notes with a doughy tinge. Taste is sweet and rich. Palate is full bodied and creamy. Average carbonation and sweet and elegant finish. Lots of chocolate and a hint of coffee. Overall WOW. Very nice. Great look and taste. It is a great ale. Much darker and complex than I would have expected, but then again Stone is good at what they do.
DerHopKopf (46) - Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours practically opaque with a nice head. Aroma is complex but is dominated by earthy hops. Faint notes of coffee/licorice. Taste is mostly bitter without a big pucker factor due to the sweetness from the malts. Very slight alcohol on the finish. Has a nice mouthfeel and is very smooth drinking. As an IPA fan, I was delighted by this particular brew. Will likely pick up a bottle next time I go shopping.
Lehighbri (46) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got this beer as a gift and man what a gift. Very dark/black color with very thick head which keeps its foam for pretty much the entire pint. Aroma is fully of hops, and with eyes closed, could easily mistake this for a strong IPA. Tastes like a combination of IPA and brown sugar... a little sweet but no overdone. Very smooth and no aftertaste that many IPAs have. Well done stone... well done...
Mdsurveyor (46) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A well designed bottle. The aroma is pine with a hint of citrus. An appealing dark color with a thin tan head when poured. Nice lacing. The taste is resin and a hint of toffee that quickly is over-powered by a strong pine after-taste. The after-taste is so overpowering and lingering that it was largely the cause of a lower rating.
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caseynswan (46) - - SEP 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the bottle at Nosh in Portland, ME. Served a bit too cold for my liking; flavors would probably be more prominent at cellar temperature. Pours black with a nutty brown head. Held to the light it has a ruby appearance. Complex nose: pine, citrus, floral, malt. Medium-to-heavy bodied with a roasted, coffee-like flavor that finishes dry & bitter. A keeper.
awautlet (45) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 27, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a coffee like color with amber hues and a tan head. I’ve never seen an IPA this dark. On the palate there is a malty start but a very complex finish with roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate and a hint of coffee. I never thought I’d be saying chocolate and coffee while describing an IPA... stunning