BayAreaBeers (85) - Fremont, California, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark dark brown with a 1/2 finger. Aroma is a dark hop kind if aroma, if that is a thing. Taste is very balanced. Just a great black IPA.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
rich916 (84) - Rancho Cordova, California, USA - JUN 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 22oz from Total Wine. Pours a very dark brown / black, nice head on pour but diminish quickly. Aromas of malt and some caramel, lots of grapefruit and piney hopps. (Great aroma). Taste of medium sweet and malt with a big grapefruit sweetness. Good full body, creamy slick texure with a well rounded bitter finish.
bigred22 (84) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 8, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is the best beer I have had yet. Man this was a good beer! Dark/Malty like a porter and fresh like a great IPA. The Aroma was like an IPA, but there was so much more in this one!
mbpufall (83) - Andover, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep, dark chocolate brown with slight tan head. Diminishes to leave a thin blanket atop the beer throughout. Some sticky lacing throughout, as well. Aroma is heavy pine and citrus rind with nutty roasted notes and touch of dark chocolate. Pine aroma overpowers, but a nice swirl brings out the malt nose. Taste of candied nut quickly leads way to resinous, piney hops. With a rather bitter, though not at all unpleasant finish. Medium bodied, mildly carbonated and a bold introduction to Stone beers.
PaperKnife (82) - - MAR 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown to black, tan foam head. Berry, dark fruit, sweet aroma. Oily, grassy bitterness, roast finish.
viet959 (81) - , Georgia, USA - JUN 13, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma - Pine, Floral Hops, sweet malts. Appearance - Dark brown with a nice large head, that dissipates into a small lasting head. Flavor - Just like it smells, with a dry and nice bitter hop finish. Palate - full body, sticky, astringent, bitter, long finish. Overall - This is a great beer with some kick (nice abv). It’s not as thick as arrogant bastard, but it is very similar in taste. This taste like a cross between an DIPA and a Stout.
whicheck (81) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is subtle and balanced. As a lover of true ipas the black ipas have yet to impress. But this one is so balanced its hard to not like it. Nice dirty hop stick but with a light chocolate malt mixed in. Nice beer stone. Still not a big fan of the style but definitely a clean good beer.
Grizzle (80) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
See Harsebrau’s rating. It’s Shake-n-Bake, and I helped.
Honest intro - probably too schnocked to rate...(got the hiccups)...but here goes... Aroma: this baby has the dark fruits cruising through the nostrils with traces of cocoa with a definite hop. But a lot of prune and raisin. (btw Harsebrau is helping with this..also schnocked.) Poured a dark brown to black. Touch of off tan/white head. We’re drinking this in dimpled mugs. It has a flavor of bitter and malty smooth but sharply bitter. It has been burnt by something. I don’t what...but burnt. And that is ok.
stretchfest (79) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A big sexy black IPA. Deep dark color with a reddish hue. Hoppy aroma and a hop-forward flavor with a roasty-sweet backbone.
joesf35 (78) - Margate, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown to black with a light brown head. Aroma is typical stone brewhouse aroma plus citrus and roasty malt. Taste is rich malt, chocolate, toast, esters, citrus, delicious. A cold weather beer. Comfort food.