nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - OCT 20, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Barclays in Oakland, CA. Nice chocolaty and hoppy aroma. Smooth, hides the alcohol pretty well, except for a little hot alcohol mid-palate. I was thinking de-husked carafa or chocolate malt before reading the deScription - I guess thatís pretty close to what we have here. Definitely not bitter dark malts, no roasted barley. The citrus qualities make this a bit like a fruit flavored chocolate, in the best ways. Chinook and Amarillo are pretty apparent, I wouldnít have guessed Simcoe though. The signature simcoe citrus grapefruit blends interestingly with the darker malts. The finish is pretty smooth, I think they had pretty good attenuation on this one. The slight hot alcohol will probably improve with age, as well as the melding of hop profile with the darker malts. Iíd like to see Stone do this IPA with a British IPA hop strategy in the bittering and a little Stone touch in the finish. I couldnít drink this every day, but it was tasty.
INDASTRIA (129) - Berlin & Rome, GERMANY - OCT 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Thatís definitely a big boy. just after you look at the label youíll already be having an idea of what you are going through. once the cap is off, a strong flavor hits your nose. muscular aspect: solid black body with no mercy for the others colors, cappuccino big rocky head. The aroma has so many sides: hops (a lot of it), grass, resin, vegetables (mostly onion. not so fresh bottle?), roasted burnt malt, chocolate, coffee, toffee, dark fruits. With the taste comes the masterpiece: a damned perfectly brewed BIPA. so, what iím drinking, an ipa? a stout? none of them and both. anyway malt, chocolate, coffee, hops, dark fruits, resin a little bit vanilla. The body is massive, the oily mouth-fell sticks your tongue out; itís not easy to finish it, but you canít stop drinking it, cause it damned good.
I had so many wannabe BIPA so far, but just few of them got the result. The Sublimely Self Righteous Ale just watch them and laughs ruling the style. As i wrote above, this wasnít a fresh bottle, so i didnít get all the citric, fresh fruit aroma that have been noticed in the other reviews probably. but the point is: this beer deserves a very high score when is not in a perfect shape. I can only image what could be my score for a fresh bottle... stone: we are not talking about craft beer, thatís the best, perfect way to brew beer
beerproject (129) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is american hoppy plus some dark malts, maybe roasted. Flavor is a phenomenal black ipa, bitter and hoppy with some chocolate and roasted notes.
Broncowaldon (128) - 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
BeerNeedy (126) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 19, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From a 22oz bottle. Poured a dark brown with a medium tan head. This may be the perfect combination of IPA and porter. It tastes and smells like no other ale Iíve had and leaves me wanting more, every time.
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 9, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First beer in the SD tour and what a start. Deep dark brown/black with thin tan head. Malty caramel nose but not very strong; that is taken care of in the flavor of burnt malts and coffee which leaves the palate rather cleanly.
jhwarfield (125) - USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black a bit like flatish coke. Small pebbly brown head. moulases flavor.
VeinAle (124) - 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.
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.