dbhenry (126) - El Paso, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This ale has a nice floral aroma. It is very dark golden with a small head. The hop strength is full, yet it really doesnít overpower the caramelized malty taste. Overall, this is a strong tasting ale and is quite good.
jhwarfield (125) - USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black a bit like flatish coke. Small pebbly brown head. moulases flavor.
SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 26, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Just wow. I just want to sit and inhale the beer. It smells like it was just brewed today. The flavor and balance are perfect. Thereís something different... what is that? Fantastic beer. Buying a case tomorrow.
Jerm719 (122) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The standard for excellence in a black ipa. Roasted malt, citrus/ piney hops. Burnt lemon, pale malts, smoke, caramel, blackend toast. Balanced, with a long hoppy finish. One of the most popular black IPAs, and for a reason, itís excellent!
FriarHop (122) - Long Beach, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the best black IPAs out there! It's definitely up there with the Wookey Jack. Great job, Stone!
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Gamin (121) - 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.
nogov (121) - Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours jet black with big lingering foam cap head. Aroma is nearly all hops with floral / vegetal undertones. Flavor is fairly 2D (hops, hops, and some burnt rubber). Finish is more hops with a little grapefruit acidity. Iím perplexed by the high scores of this beer, for itís just as unsophisticated as a BMC, except where they overload corn - here itís hops.
oc4111 (119) - USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Havenít tried many black IPAís so I figured this was a good place to start. Pours like a porter but aroma and taste leave no doubt itís and IPA. A very well balanced IPA. Pine, some citrus and a hint of roasted malt. Excellent beer.
portermax55 (118) - Canterbury, Connecticut, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. bomber. Pours a deep, dark brown with a medium tan head that laces nicely. Wonderful aromas of fresh hops, baked apples, brown sugar and hints of pear and malt. Flavor is of hops, caramel, pears, and spice with hints of malts to finish. Has a very smooth, velvety mouthfeel. One of the more interesting brews I have had in a while, but awesome all in itself.
forsides (118) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
black/brown with a nice fluffy head. lots of citrusy hops in the aroma. big taste with lots of hop bitterness, some dark malt bitterness, slight cream and coffee taste in the background, finishing pretty bitter. med-full bodied.