beermanusa (77) - California, USA - FEB 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep mahogany brown color, crystal clear, with a beautiful tan two-finger head. Nose is crazy, deep prunes, raisins, sweet fruit, alcohol spice, and molasses. Taste is equally fantastic. Tons of roasted malt throughout, alcohol spice, and strong drying hops
elgavilancillo (76) - Long Beach, California, USA - OCT 1, 2009
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
wow another classic from stone.... went very well with a pastrami sanwich... hit the spot... maybe of my favorite stone brews
HartManSam (75) - Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2011
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow. Great beer. Loved it at first sip. leaves a toasty hoppy finish in my mouth. Wonderful beer. One of my favorites =)
JAG55 (75) - OíFallon, Missouri, USA - OCT 5, 2011
4.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
22 oz bomber poured in pint glass: burnt malt aroma, resin, chocolate, citrus; pitch black, with frothy brown head and good lacing; very bitter, medium sourness, like pineapple and grapefruit with some syrup; full body, creamy, sticky, soft carbonation, bitter, long finish, maybe the finest brew Iíve had.
madsneergaard (75) - Aalborg, DENMARK - APR 7, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Served in Duvel glass. Pretty old bottle, I should mention that. Two weeks after "enjoy by date".
Dark as night. It has a big, slightly brown, tanned, almost creamy-looking head but disappears pretty quickly. The head leaves some nice lacing on the side of the glass.
Aroma is actually sweeter than I would expect: Toasted/roasted notes: sweet, milk chocolate, breadiness, earthy. Not that big a hop profile as I expected but there is some.
Mouthfeel is between medium and full-bodied - very nice.
The taste follows the nose fairly well, but here, the hops are clearer though, which is nice but itís not a hop monster. Roasted malts, coffee, dark and sweet chocolate, and a slight touch of the alcohol and earthy notes. In the aftertaste you get a nice bitterness that I suppose is from the hops. It tastes pretty good! Would love to try this fresher.
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 Iíve had thus far and possible my favourite beer from possibly my favourite brewery.
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
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.
julesjis (72) - Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 22. Aroma has an initial familiar medicinal scent that I canít place, something hydrogen peroxide-ish. Taste is not sweet, but a nice roasty and savory taste. This is a great beer but not sure if it is 100% worthy.
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.