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.
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 Henry’s 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.
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 can’t get over the balance and the malty goodness then the hop flavor is right on... And it’s black and roasty... Gonna be hard to top this ipa.
nj_BierMaven (117) - 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.
stephenj007 (116) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A great, big bomber pour! All black body, thin, lacy head.
Very hoppy aroma, with hints of smoke, alcohol, pine, roasty malts.
Quite a bit of hops presence and bite in the initial taste, then rolls to a smooth, slightly flat finish. The dark, roasted notes stick around for a bit, along with a nice, alcohol warmth.
A nice brew, not overwhelming in any area. Certainly has a kick you can feel by the end of a 22 oz bottle.
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2008 Strong pine aroma. The hops hit first but then it’s really creamy and chocolaty (especially if you hold it in your mouth for a sec). "Black IPA"? Ok, I guess; sort of a beer that doesn’t know what it wants to be. But I’d be lying if I say I didn’t kinda liked it.
ibeerlove (113) - Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
sweet citrus and slight grassy hop aroma I associate with the arrogant bastard ales and a sweet bubblegum and maybe peach like aroma as well, very complex and amazing with a little bit of malt, appearance is black with an off white finger width head, oh my fuckng god, the first taste is amazing i get some coffee flavors and very creamy mouthfeel like an imperial stout, but I get citrusy hop flavors and a slight hop bitterness finish, absolutely amazing beer
strattonspeaks (113) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - OCT 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour with tall beige head. Good retention and lace. Huge hop aroma. Pine. Citrus. Sweet citrus flavor up front. Orange peel. Zest. Evergreen copse on the follow through with a lingering dry, bitter finish. Huge flavor but wonderfully balanced. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Terrific brew.