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.
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.
john_henry (124) - - 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.
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.
FriarHop (122) - Long Beach, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the best black IPAs out there! It's definitely up there with the Wookey Jack. Great job, Stone!
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nogov (121) - Texas, USA - AUG 8, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours jet black with big lingering foam cap head. Aroma is nearly all hops with floral / vegetal undertones. Flavor is fairly 2D (hops, hops, and some burnt rubber). Finish is more hops with a little grapefruit acidity. Iím perplexed by the high scores of this beer, for itís just as unsophisticated as a BMC, except where they overload corn - here itís hops.
StormCoat (121) - 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 Henryís 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.
nj_BierMaven (121) - 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.