omegamike (152) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Meaty, leathery aroma, with hints of mint and pine. Medium body with dense, even carbonation; a very satisfying mouthfeel. Dark treacle and roasted malts leaf the assault that is followed up by masses of bitter, aggressive hops; pine, leather, some ash. The finish is massive and enduring, an exceptional black ipa.
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is one of those thin line brews between Black IPA/Imperial stout. Since this has two months before its expo date any hop flavor is barely present, I get fruity/piney hops in the smell, but not too much in the flavor. Now its roasted notes of creamy coffee/ espresso. Alcohol ins’t present. It does have a strong bitter finish. I like this either, Black IPA or Imperial stout, you be the judge.
phiconners (150) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 14, 2007
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dark brown, large beige head. Hops dominates the aroma. Flavor is strong hops, but you pick up the malt afterwards which makes it a little creamier. Fantastic beer, Stone is unbeatable.
ryanknock (150) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Malt, toffee, cream, chocolate and orange in the nose. Medium to heavy body, deep amber to light brown color. Citrus still dominates flavor, but the backbone is caramel, toffee, chocolate, roast. Drier finish, slightly creamy, medium bitterness. Interesting.
Aarond (150) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown color with a nice off white head with good lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and piney hops. Taste is roasted malt, hops, oak, chocolate, and dark fruit. Nice creamy mouthfeel.
rags2rags (149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Whole Foods, poured into snifter. Pours a dark ruby brown color with a finger of tan head. Pine and grapefruit on the aroma. Tasted of lemons, and grapefruit with a caramel backbone. Surprisingly hoppy for a dark beer, which I really liked. Good stuff.
GlenVargas (148) - Missouri, USA - FEB 26, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2010 Oh, man, I popped open an 11th Anniversary bottle a while back when I was in desperate need of another drink post-beer :30 at the tail end of an already long night. That might have been a mistake because all I can really remember about this beer was that it was awesome! The numerical ratings are based on what I can recall, but I think I’ll have to save the full review for next time--thank goodness Stone continued making this brew.
performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2007 I really wish I would have un-opened this one. Pours a brown with large head. Red Garnett when held to the light. Strong hops smell. Tastes fantastic. Citrus base with a hoppy roast finish. Very neutral indeed. Creamy, layered head residue after sips. This Black IPA is awesome.
Peregrinari (148) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 16, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pleasant aroma with strong hop and mild malt and alcohol. Burnt red almost black appearance. Fairly potent alcohol flavor but well balanced with defined hop and malt character. A sweet beer overall but but has a fairly dry finish. Somewhat slick in the mouth but turns to a drying finish.
Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From growler filled at the brewrey on 2-23-08. I know this beer is about 8 months old now, and some of the hop bitterness, flavor and aroma has dropped out, but this is still a fantastic beer. It’s a dark brown color with some red tones in there. Aroma has piney citrus hops along with some caramel maltiness that wasn’t there when this beer was fresh. Flavors are sweet, with still enough of a bitter kick to balance. Reminds me of Arrogant Bastard, but with a little roasted, chocolate character. Still a great Stone beer. How much it holds up over more time is anybody’s guess.