Mr_Hops (116) - Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2014
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours black with a beige head. Aroma is malt, roastiness, fruit, citrus, grass and hops. Taste is medium sweet leading to a fruit, roasty and hoppy finish. Damn good!
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stephenj007 (115) - 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.
EcnarM (112) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - SEP 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Quick question. What doesn't this brewery do right? This is an awesome creation in the black IPA category, which is my favorite. Great beer.
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birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours from the bottle like a strong tea, results in a black beer. Three-finger latte head with near complete lacing.
Sticky, piney, pineapple, grapefruit hop aromas. Super sweet and lush smelling.
Hops and malt come through big together. Dry and sticky from the hops. The hops follow the aroma and the malts are a cocoa dusted almonds. Dark and dry malts combined fruity, sticky hops. Yum.
PD4Ever (109) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle poured into tulip glass. No bottled on date.
Aroma: citrus, fruity, floral hops, malt, caramel
Appearance: very dark brown color, doesn’t let much light through. 1 finger milk chocolate colored head that faded rather quickly. very small and tight packed bubbles. laces glass nicely. fairly clear once i drank towards the bottom of the glass and light could get through.
Taste: mild sweet, mild sour, mild bitter
Palate: roasty aftertaste, lots of malt and coffee with a twinge of bitter. i like this alot. Carbonation is average but feels right. medium body and thin texture.
Overall: I was afraid this was going to be extremely bitter considering the other stone beers I have tried but i was pleasantly surprised. Also I wasnt expecting the roasty malt and coffee flavors which i also liked. Some chocolate came through as well. Not as hoppy as i expected either. Just an extremely well balanced and tasty brew with a few surprises. Very impressed!
Doon (109) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another nice beer from Stone. Pours a dark brown color with a huge head. I wasn’t sure to make of it at first, but one whiff had me sold. It had a strong hoppy aroma. Not seeing the bottle prior to the pour, I was thinking this was some sort of stout. Not so! Nice fruity/citrusy aroma with a taste that matches. Very crisp, light, and smooth. Try this one!
livelaughlovep (108) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2009 This is such an amazingly strange beer... Its dark like a stout, hoppy like an IPA with a malty sweet swallow like a brown.
What is this stuff? Its great though! Wonderful rich mouthfeel, nose is fruity, with a dark and dry fruit taste in the mouth, decisively malty and dry finish.
What really gets you is how hoppy it is. Its so dark, yet the hops are really up in your face, bold, citrus n’ pine that catches you off guard... well worth finding it!