djc920 (38) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Man, this was like walking into a punch. There is a lot of hop character to this, it’s bitter in a good way, and the roasty coffee/chocolate just finished me off. Aftertaste was earthy and dirty, which some may enjoy more than I did. Would definitely give this another go. It’s not well-suited for a very warm summer night --my mistake.
frlrv1020 (38) - Miami, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bravo Stone! Great black IPA. Nice foresty smell, medium body. Bitter on the palate, with a bit of caramel and coffee. Love it!
jh773 (37) - 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.
fg8080 (37) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 9, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black IPA, fruity/cofee aroma, deep roasted flavors, very bitter...dark amber hue with tan foamy head
TopherJackson (37) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Last beer at the Stone beer dinner with the dessert course and it was a perfect pairing because this beer is basically an alchoholic dessert. Has a decieving aroma that made me think they were serving Ruination. Huge hop aroma....but then you taste it and you get chocolate, raisins and molassas...then hops at the end. Awesome beer!
BnMBrewCrew (36) - Randolph, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: Very malted aroma but with a nicely balanced hop. Smells of roasted barley, chocolate, caramel, and pine. The ABV on this brew comes through in the scent as well .
Appearance: Thick dark tan head with a nice lacing. Has a very dark, almost black pour with a red tint.
Taste: Tastes woody, smokey, and roasted with a hint of chocolate. It has a nice sharp bitterness as well. Grapefruit notes present.
Palate: full body, lively carbonation, oily texture, long bitter finish
Ndg2e (36) - Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is very dark with medium head. Taste is sweet with a hint of citrus and hoppy with a bitter finish that lingers.
mcb (36) - - JUL 18, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Darker the beer, sweeter the taste!.....This is close to perfection. What a way to combine the best of both worlds.........dark stout and ipa.....wow, insane or should I say sublimely delicious!
DogfishFred (36) - - JUL 19, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Those guys at Stone know how to make a good beer, and they aren’t afraid to brag about it. Don’t pass this black IPA up.
la1965 (36) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Smells great 22 oz bottle. Frickin souring on palate. Decent roast. Great use of hops. Meh on mouthfeel. May be bad bottle.