Surly (20) - Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A must try. After one pint this immediately became my #1 favorite beer. Everything I love about IPAs, everything I like about a stout or dark lager. Amazingly complex.
paleasale (20) - USA - DEC 17, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
great great brew, very hoppy flavor. great winter time beer or just great overall! you must try this
tvazteca (20) - Brighton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
The smell if crisp hops is slightly covering chocolate sweet malts. The taste is thick delicious malts with massive bitter finish. So excellent.
Oly (20) - Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA - NOV 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2014 Poured from a 12oz bottle. Some roast in the aroma, but I caught more citrus and piney notes than anything. The taste is great. Roasty and coffee notes hit first followed by the citrus hops. Just enough malt to balance out the bitterness from the roast and the hops. The alcohol is well hidden. Very nice beer.
mcran86 (19) - Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Dark pour with frothy head. Bitter and hoppy dark ale. Very good.
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rabbe7000 (19) - Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s color would lead you to think it’s a stout or porter. But this IPA is delicious. Smells great, taste even better, and very drinkable.
washoppinin (19) - Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very impressed with the balance of malt and hops. After the initial roasted coffee hits the hops start to come thru as piney and grapefruit. Would like to age out a couple of years.
drinkerofbeers (18) - California, USA - SEP 11, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2007 On cask at Stone Fest XI dry hopped with fresh chinooks. Nice dark color. tons of hops balanced by smoky malted undertones. Cross between a porter and an IPA. Very good brew. Cheers Stone!
jhanske (18) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Truly deceptive! I held my initial purchase up to the flourescent lights in the grocery store to check the color and was thoroughly stumped and intrigued. At home I was convinced I was tasting a malty concotion. Instead I was treated to a black IPA!!!. I had to confirm what I was tasting with my wife and my son. ( He hates bitter and knew by the smell this beer was bitter!!!). Well needless to say I ended up purchasing a case of 22oz’s. Hats off to Stone for such a singular beer. Potent and mysterious, strong and unforgiving. This beer insists upon your full attention and respect. I handed out three of the 22oz from my case and all the recipients had different yet positive repsonses to this ale. Certainly an ale for the ages!
Lakes (18) - post falls, Idaho, USA - JUN 10, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not for the feint of heart but what from Stone is? It’s darker than I expected with less head than I’d hoped for but the aroma is beyond pleasing. The boys at Stone are very fond of their Hops so I expected this beer to have a real bite. I was very happy though when it did not curl my nose hair. The hops is very pronounced but so well balanced that even someone who is not a huge hops fan (like myself) will be impressed. The malts were rich, strong and satisfying. This is an excellent beer.