MHOSKINS (74) - Cleveland, Tennessee, USA - FEB 15, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Perfect blend. Stone has hit a home run with this flavor. If you love the hops of an IPA, the taste and texture of a fine stout or porter, the thus beer is for you. The perfect blend the combines the best of both worlds. Stone Rocks again!
MKH---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Smallprint (74) - - AUG 23, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
660ml bottle from Beers Of Europe, pours almost pitch black with a fluffy tan head that stays. Smell is tons of mango and citrus aswell as plenty of malt. Taste is huge extremely complex, lots of roasted malt, liquorice, some coffee, off set with huge hop bitterness, plenty of grapefruit, citrus and mango. A very long and bitter finish, medium carbonation and medium-full bodied. Absolutely stunning beer, the best black IPA I’ve had thus far and possible my favourite beer from possibly my favourite brewery.
hoppyhampy (73) - , California, USA - MAY 5, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a tulip glass from a bottle that says best 6/29/10. They love their hops at Stone and I love them for that. Normally you would expect a beer this dark to be sweet and heavy. But this one comes across like some crazy hybrid of just about everything Stone does well and the result is awesome. Pours fairly thick, like a porter say, and as dark as a stout but with more carbonation. A nice, thick toasted brown head forms. The scent is almost all hops with notes of chocolate and roasted malt. The taste is a beautiful melange of hops, dark chocolate, coffee, and raisins. Not too sweet and not too bitter. The good amount of hop bitterness gives it a lighter body and cleaner finish than an imperial stout, making it a very drinkable strong ale.
heminator (72) - Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasty, complex. Good hoppy aroma. Bitter finish. Great stuff would drink again.
-- Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone.
iggynelix (72) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2013
1.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bitter and dark as would be expected for a black ipa. Don’t try to session this brew that smells like feline urine with an after taste like quinine.
c_lee_burton (72) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another delicious Stone offering. Great combo of smoke, coffee, hops, citrus, carbonation, and cherry. Wonderful year round brew that’s hearty enough for Winter, yet smooth and crisp enough for Summer.
ragesaq (71) - Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from Plaza Liquors, making the first two reviews on here from the same place!
Pours a nearly opaque very dark brown. Pours a quickly fading hefty head with good lacing.
Aroma is very intriguing and unique. The typical dry hoppy aroma with a little less citrusy factor of Stones IPAs mixed with a richly malty background.
A nice balanced flavor, mostly bitter Stone IPA married to rich complimentary roasted malts porter/stout-like character. Undertones are cloying and difficult to discern, there is a slight sweetness that may be mocha malts and black liquorice that compliment the body very well.
Mild fading aftertaste of mildly citrusy dry hops and sweetness.
A rich robust but not too thick mouthfeel, if you concentrate really hard you can sense some alcohol but it is not overly apparant. This is a nice solid beer that is very close to being a completely new style. I like.
altehkiller (71) - , California, USA - APR 7, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Peculiar beer in that they call it a black ipa and i wholeheartedly agree. lots of hops with a smooth roasted flavor. unique beer with a unique flavor. one of my favorites!
aplus01 (71) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma - Hop forward aroma. Citrus and Pine.
Appearance - Black with white head. Delicate lacing on glass.
Taste - Intense bitterness from the hops and malty sweetness.
Palate - Moderate carbonation and medium bodied.
Overall - Great black IPA. As good as Uinta’s Dubhe. Very drinkable.
asmithbeer (71) - California, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Black pour with decent head. Aroma of hops and toasted grain. Flavor is bitter from hops and then bitter from the roasty toasty malts, hint of citrus. Good mouthfeel and carbonation.