msiano (35) - Jackson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this one the other day.. I have to amitt that i was fully in the bag when I tried this one. (Thanks dmac621)... Nice Pitch-Black color with a nice tan head to match. Kind of a bitter taste at first but it grew on me. Strong roasted malt and Hop flavor. I would like to taste this one again when im sober.
STEVIE_NIX (35) - - FEB 19, 2013
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the real deal! The best US BIPA for sure! Bottle from cotteridge wines. Pours a nice black with a thick tan head. The aroma was fairly muted which didn’t really set me up for what was to come. Taste was a great balance not to heavy or bitter, spot on. Initial flavours of mocha from the malts and salted caramel. Then the citrus hit from the hops move in with its grapefruit tang and nice lasting bitterness In the mouth. Another great stone. Beer. As it say on the bottle, sublime.
Cheosky (33) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - APR 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amazing beer. Full body whit long bitter and smoky finish. It has a taste that I cannot des ribs right now. I need anotwher bottle. Wow it is strong on the alcohol side....bye
jh773 (33) - 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.
thegreat78 (32) - San Marcos, California, USA - NOV 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cola brown as it poured from the bottle. The head was active and bubbly at first, then settled to a thin mousse; left no lacing on the glass. In the glass, the color was dark brown with some deep red visible against backlighting. The smell is rich with both sweet malt and spicey hops. The mouthfeel was fluffy as though this were a cask-conditioned beer. Interesting! There are definite dark-roasted, slightly burnt notes in the flavor. The burnt malt flavor dominates the hops hops somewhat, so the hops in the smell are stronger than in the flavor. This is a very interesting hybrid style
alesandangling (32) - Pueblo, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorite Black IPA/Cascade Porters. The color and aroma were great. I think Stone gave the beer great malt and hop qualities.
tomaroth (31) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not as good as I expected. I have 5 more bottles so I am going to age it and see if it improves. Too much spice and corriander.
JML044 (31) - Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great Caramel color. Nice hoppy flavor.
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Gluepot (31) - CANADA - FEB 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Right from the nose, you know what you are getting into here -- take-no- prisoners earthy, grassy hops on a rich roasted malt base. The heavy hop tastes get right back into your jowls, and sustain predictably well. A challenging, dark heavy-weight black IPA. A standard bearer, for sure.
jedinord (30) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Willard’s Tap House in Largo, FL. Dark brown color with tan foam to the head, and lasting, curtainy lacing. The aroma was mostly hoppy with a hint of the malt. The flavor was like a porter with a potent hop bitterness which linked up to substantial dryness in the finish. really, really good stuff!