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!
Gluepot (109) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Right from the nose, you know what you are getting into here -- take-no- prisoners earthy, grassy hops on a rich roasted malt base. The heavy hop tastes get right back into your jowls, and sustain predictably well. A challenging, dark heavy-weight black IPA. A standard bearer, for sure.
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 1, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a go to beer for me. When the 11th anniversary came out I must have drank 20 bottles. It was my first time with a black ipa and frankly I never looked back. Though I feel the 11th was better than the sublimely I was still stoked to have it available year round.
It bours black with a root beer hue. The head is an inviting tan. Smell is pure hops and I love it. The subtle toasted malt are present as well. This beer is the definition of an iba. The color is black bit it drinks like an ipa. Super hoppy and delicious. Nothing bad to say about this other than the smaller batch of the 11th was better. I still have 4 bottles of the 11th and I drank one the other day. The profile is completely different as you’d expect. The piney hop flavors are gone and the malt flavors are huge, it’s almost choclatey. It is a completely different beer but still delicious!
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!
ksigty (107) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from the brewery. It was worth the drive out there. Somewhat sweet but packs a heck of a punch. Lots of hops and some roasted notes. Goes down smooth and has a finish with some bite. I’ll be back for more.....
barak316 (107) - Elyria, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured a deep black with a dark caramel head. Huge malted and hoppy aromas. This beer has character all up in it. Wow, big hoppy tastes with the same amount of smooth caramel malty flavors. This has big mouthfeel and a great finish that lingers but doesnt linger past its welcome. Awesome beer.
PacNWDad (107) - Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I enjoyed this beer a lot . Nice pour with a good amount of head and some lace. Aromas of caramel, with a bit of floral tones and some funk. A dark, rich beer with a surprising amount of hops. The beer begins sweet and malty, more balanced roasted flavors in the middle, and then clobbers with hops at the end.
dansac (107) - Loa Angeles, Alabama, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not huge on Black IPAs, but Stone makes one of the best. Pours like a fizzly porter; black; smell is hops and roasted malts: resiny and citrusy. Mouthfeel is medium to full, cirsp carbonation. Flavor is bitter, with toasted malts, and hop bitterness. Dry finish.
Overall, an excellent black IPA, second only to Firestone’s Wookey Jack, and Clown Shoes’ Hoppy Feet 1.5