SoylentBlack (123) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - SEP 26, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Just wow. I just want to sit and inhale the beer. It smells like it was just brewed today. The flavor and balance are perfect. Thereís something different... what is that? Fantastic beer. Buying a case tomorrow.
john_henry (123) - - MAR 3, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A great black IPA, but not the best.
Pretty simple, imagine a fairly run of the mill IPA and paint in black.
Iím pleased you donít get the roast notes you often get in black IPAís, which I personally donít feel should be too evident. However I have to say it was a little disappointing, but Iíll certainly have it again, and look forward to having it closer to the brewery, rather than after itís travelled all the way to Japan. Just feels the hops have dropped out a little.
VeinAle (123) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2015
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Peaches and hops dominate this ones olfactory presence. Hipsters beware, youíll like this. Itís a fine BIPA.
Broncowaldon (123) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 14, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Love this style love this brew so sad to hear it will be no longer. Huge earthy hop aroma coupled with great coffee nose. Tast so well balance of nice roast and hops. Perfect carbonation and perfect dry finish. Get it while you can
FriarHop (122) - Long Beach, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the best black IPAs out there! It's definitely up there with the Wookey Jack. Great job, Stone!
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nogov (121) - Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours jet black with big lingering foam cap head. Aroma is nearly all hops with floral / vegetal undertones. Flavor is fairly 2D (hops, hops, and some burnt rubber). Finish is more hops with a little grapefruit acidity. Iím perplexed by the high scores of this beer, for itís just as unsophisticated as a BMC, except where they overload corn - here itís hops.
oc4111 (119) - USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Havenít tried many black IPAís so I figured this was a good place to start. Pours like a porter but aroma and taste leave no doubt itís and IPA. A very well balanced IPA. Pine, some citrus and a hint of roasted malt. Excellent beer.
StormCoat (118) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Picked up a bomber bottle at Henryís in San Diego, CA. Tasted from a snifter. Pours a very dark, dark brown with a frothy tan head. Piny hop aroma and flavors. Flavors also have a big fruit-and-herb character that offers a strong bitterness, but mellows into a coffee nuttiness. Body is a little over medium. This is very tasty, and a lot like the Stone 15th Anniversary Black IPA. In fact, I suspect that the 15th Anniversary is probably a souped-up version of this beer. Regardless, both are very tasty.
portermax55 (118) - Canterbury, Connecticut, USA - NOV 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. bomber. Pours a deep, dark brown with a medium tan head that laces nicely. Wonderful aromas of fresh hops, baked apples, brown sugar and hints of pear and malt. Flavor is of hops, caramel, pears, and spice with hints of malts to finish. Has a very smooth, velvety mouthfeel. One of the more interesting brews I have had in a while, but awesome all in itself.
forsides (118) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
black/brown with a nice fluffy head. lots of citrusy hops in the aroma. big taste with lots of hop bitterness, some dark malt bitterness, slight cream and coffee taste in the background, finishing pretty bitter. med-full bodied.