bierkoning (10210) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2009 Bottle. Deep dark brown color. Lemon, grapefruit and red berries in the somewhat green aroma, with hints of caramel and maple syrup. Firm oily hopbitter flavor with grapefruit, berries, bitter walnuts and caramel. Some maltiness shimmering through. Long oily hopbitter aftertaste, earthy and woody. Not perfectly balanced, but a very big and tasty beer.
A later tasting @ jbrus’s place showed blackcurrant notes, tannines, and assam tea.
Ratman197 (9820) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 1, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber poured a clear dark brownish black with ruby highlights and a lasting tan head. Aromas of citrus, pine and hints of earthiness and roastiness. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of orange, pink grapefruit, light apricot, light pine and a hint of earthiness with a smooth but slightly crisp lingering bitter citrus finish. Probably the best Stone beer I’ve ever tasted!
BeerandBlues2 (9700) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with chadzter. Pours dark brown with an average, frothy, light brown head, lasting, excellent lacing. Aroma is average malt (caramel, cookie), heavy hops (flowers, perfume, pine, spruce), light yeast (dough) with notes of light alcohol. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, lively carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and heavy bitterness.
Bov (9500) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 26, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
@Mondial de la Bière 2010, Strasbourg - dark black coloured and with a persistent dark beige foam; a solid fruity hoppiness, grapefruit and chocolate in the background; full-bodied and very bitter, fairly carbonated, very dry and very bitter chocolatey finish with notes of ashes and tons of hops
hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2008 Bottle (tried again at RBSG ’08)… This beer rocks!... The wet Simcoe hops definitely kicked this baby’s flavor up a notch... from 3.8 to 4.0... Origninal rating... Clear, deep, dark mahogany ale with a large, creamy, beige head. Great retention. Big-time grapefruit smacks me right in the nose. Lesser, burnt notes of charcoal and ash. There’s dark chocolate in here as well, but make no mistake, the hops run the show. Sweet caramel and chocolate flavor right up front; then tannic, abrasive, pine needle and grapefruit pith bitterness. Full-bodied and astringent with medium carbonation. Burnt, bitter-as-hell, dry-as-hell finish. Thanks to growler for sending this one my way!
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the Bottle at the White Horse, Parsons Green 06/08/2010 (As Self-Righteous Ex 12th Anniversary)
Big hop aroma. White head. Dark coloured strong in alcohol and hoppy with a hint of dryness in a malt finish.
daknole (9114) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from mar, thanks! you are the man! Pours a nearly black color with a thin whitish head. Aroma if full of citrus hops and some good malt character. Taste is full of grapfruit peel and a good clean malt backbone. Pouring a black IPA is prety weird and cool.
adnielsen (9107) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2011
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle @ home. Deep black appearance with a big tan colored head. Huge charred, burnt rubber, hoppy nose that’s pretty unpleasant to me. Deep roasty, burnt dark malts over a piney hoppy flavor. Burnt hoppy finish.
hopdog (8940) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Poured a dark brown color with a smaller sized tan head. Aromas of hops, resiny, sticky, pine, floral, with some roast and citrus. Tastes of pine, a little earthy, roast, chocolate and citrus. Piney/hoppy burps.
maeib (8726) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled 01/03/13. A black beer with a little off-white head. A typical Black IPA US hoppy aroma. A long and strong beer. Very bitter and hoppy in the mouth with suggestive deep coffee flavours. More bitter than most Black IPAs. Quite a malty comfy finish. Good stuff.