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.
Gluepot (120) - Ontario, 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.
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.
BSchnab (118) - Florida, USA - APR 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sell was citrus hops taste was of hops and roasty. Color was very dark with a 2 finger head that held
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.
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.
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.
Sheerbrewing (117) - Athens-Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dark dark brownish black with a thick tan frothy head that leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is balanced between rich malt and bright hops with some roastiness. rich full mouthfeel with smooth creamy carbonation. Flavor is an amazing balance of malt and hop, malt has both caramel and roasty notes and the hop bitterness is strong up front but then transforms into an absolutely delicious hop flavor. Overall this may be one of my favorite beers to date, I canít get over the balance and the malty goodness then the hop flavor is right on... And itís black and roasty... Gonna be hard to top this ipa.
nj_BierMaven (116) - Flemington, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour too many times to count, one of my all-time favorites. Concentrated on this as I tasted tonight, citrus-pine aroma that is surprising for a beer that appears so black. Coffee, mild hints of chocolate, delicious malty underlayer that counterbalances the bitterness. Significant bitterness in the taste as well as the hoppy citrus aroma that kicks you in the face. Anyone who has ever homebrewed understands why this costs what it does, so many hops had to go into a beer of this magnitude. Just plain awesome.
southamptonsam (116) - New York, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An old Stone XI Anniversary from my basement. Made me realize how I have gotten away from hops oriented beers. At first it seemed jarringly hoppy but the creamy complexity soon won me over.