Drewsi227 (16) - Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark, lacing lasts, very hoppy with a fair hint licorice notes, very good overall
Tastebuds808 (16) - - MAY 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
When I first smelled this I was instantly like "wow. This is good!". I normally don't buy darker beers and if I would have realized this was a porter I probably wouldn't have bought it. If I didn't see the color I wouldn't have guessed it was a darker beer. Maybe I just am getting different taste buds. Anyways. Has mild chocolate or very slight toffy. It is on the bitter side of darker beers but very good balance. Loved this beer and a beer I would buy again.
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Oly (16) - Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 12oz bottle. Some roast in the aroma, but I caught more citrus and piney notes than anything. The taste is great. Roasty and coffee notes hit first followed by the citrus hops. Just enough malt to balance out the bitterness from the roast and the hops. The alcohol is well hidden. Very nice beer.
djaeon (15) - Chula Vista, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I couldnít find this at my local liquor store, so I bought a bottle on my latest trip up to Stone. I read that this is a repackaging of their 11th Anniversary dark IPA, so I knew what to expect when drinking this one.
Poured into a pint glass with a one finger, light tan head. Looks like a very dark, opaque brown color. You canít see through it.
All I really smell here is hopps with a citrus undertone.
Lots and lots of hopps. I feel the bite in the back/sides of my tongue, and bitter hopps and citrus are really all I taste.
Except for the bite mentioned above, It feels pretty smooth in the mouth. Perfectly carbonated out of the bottle.
I started drinking it right out of the fridge, and it was a little tough. As it starts to get closer to room temperature, it gets a little easier to drink.
Berxerxes (14) - - JUN 24, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. A: Pours black. Thick tan head with good retention and lacing. S: Hops, malt, dark chocolate, toffee, burnt caramel, espresso, leather. Complex but lacking intensity. T: Hops up front, malt, mocha, burnt caramel, leather. Lingering bitter to remind you its an ipa. M: Crisp on the tongue. Medium carbonation. Creamy finish. O: Fantasticly balanced black ipa. Highly recommended.
atomicpunk22 (14) - Elk Grove, California, USA - AUG 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pours deep brown with a thick light brown head with excellent lacing and huge head retention. Strong malt aroma with hints of pine and very slight licorice and juniper undertones. Hops are hard to identify from aroma alone, but clearly a complex beer. Initial taste had a definite chocolate/brown sugar sweetness, but the hops bite quickly and hard. This beer doesnít finish quickly. Flavors continue to develop well after the first swallow, and continue to produce different combinations the deeper you go into the bottle - pumpkin, cherry, plum, cinnamon. Iím very impressed with this beer - itís very hard to pin it to a specific style, and itís very unique. Has similarities to Sierra 30, but only slightly.
baugh12 (14) - lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First black ipa, great balance and hoppieness. Dark, it is black for sure. I would buy this again.
pleasesir (14) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at David Copperfields,NYC. Pours porter black w/ espresso coloured head that would of probably stuck aroung longer if I hadnít sucked it down to get at the beer. Deep garnet colour when held to the light. Aroma was at first sprucey with a flowery hop and a little ruby red grapefruit thing going on. But when it warms up you can smell the alcohol along with some brown sugar and a little raisin. Good balanced bitterness at first then all kinds of things happen once you swallow. What the hell is a black IPA? Who knows? Who Cares?? Get it while you can, itís in the bottle everywhere, but thereís nothing like a nice fresh pint on demand!
deline7 (13) - Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Restrained citrus hop aroma. Flavor is of roast, sweet and citrus hops. A perfect spin on IPA. Body medium. Carbonation average. Finish clean. This is still another big west coast beer. Mild acohol presence. Overall a great beer.
NeroWolfe (13) - USA - NOV 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with generous brown head. Strong fruity aroma. Taste to match, strong enough to be satisfying, but not overpowering. Quite a bit of lace. Stone rarely disappoints.