Dogbrick (10707) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2007 On draught at Vintage Estates in Boardman (1 of 7 kegs in the state I understand). Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a medium and lasting tan head. Sticky rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a cross between an Imperial IPA and a roasty Porter. Loads of citrusy hops in the nose, with a full roasted malt undertone. Other aromas like pine and toffee are present as well. Rich and bitter with a full array of citrusy and piney hops flavors. Toasted malt and chocolate flavors are found too. Slow alcohol burn through it all. The finish is long and bitter with a tasty grapefruit hops finish. Excellent overall. Once again Stone manages to do something unique and enjoyable.
crossovert (10660) - Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bomber bottle. best by 06/29/10.
Pours a dense dark brown/black with hints of ruby when held to light and a foamy, long lasting tan head. It is a bit of an ambiguous color, it looks like a stout.
It smells sweet and hoppy, but it isn’t that fragrant.
The taste is bitter and hoppy, with some slight coffee character. It is slightly metallic as well. The hops are piney and mix with the metallicness to create a flavor im not too keen on.
The so called black IPAs seem to be more gimmicks than anything, it seems like no brewers have taken the time to make the perfect recipe for it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-02-2010 00:46:54
Sammy (10555) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2007
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
a very good IPA with added thickness from chocolate malt. Pours dark and foamy, hoppy, ahh! the taste of citrus C-hop, and the c-hop aroma. Full mouthfeel. Delightful as a meal in itself.
DSG (10542) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 18, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2011 Re-rate 10/29/11: Bottle sample at a tasting at Porter & Sons. Thanks to whoever brought this one. Dark brown with a bit of beige foam. Aroma of piney hops, some roastiness and chocolate notes. Flavor has some sweetish roasted malt and a bitter finish with some slightly stale hops. Medium-bodied. 6/3/6/3/13=3.1
Re-rate 8/22/11: Bottle at a tasting. Thanks Ariel. Dark brown. Aroma of grapefruity hops with flowers and pine needles notes. Flavor starts sweetish with faint roastiness but there’s mostly citric and floral hop bitterness with piney notes. Medium to full-bodied. Nice stuff. Roastiness is almost unnoticeable. 7/3/7/4/14=3.5
Re-rate 2/16/10: Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Shachar. As "Stone 11th Anniversary Ale". Dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, licorice, prunes, dates, carob hints and some flowery hints. Bittersweet flavor with chewy malt, caramel, dried fruits and resinous hops bitterness that’s getting stronger towards the finish. Full-bodied. Certainly tastes better this time around, not as messy as I remembered it. 7/4/7/4/14=3.6
(11/3/08) Draught sample at the brewpub in Escondido. Very dark brown color. Aroma of roasted malt, some coffee, licorice, hops, caramel hints and a bit of fruitiness. Dry flavor with roastiness, licorice, spices, fruits and alcohol. Medium to full-bodied. I’m not really fond of this. 5/4/5/3/10=2.7
hopscotch (10522) - 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!
Ferris (10513) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft - Roast malts and grapefruit. A bit so spice, maybe anise? You can almost see through the dark mahogany, and a beige nice rich head. Big pine and toasted malts. Thin body and a bit of alcohol burn, not as I had hoped with the aroma. Not bad, but just ok.
Rune (10504) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 8, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
One-third sample, keg at The 23 Club. Near black coloured body. Fair fawn-coloured head, mostly remaining. Smell of mid-sweet vanilla, dark fruits and grainy malts. Rich taste profile of vanilla chocolate, coffee and liquorice followed by dark fruity bitterness to a prolonged ending. Smooth and warming on the swallow. Full bodied. Delicious (Liverpool 31.01.2015).
Meilby (10487) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Yard House, Long Beach, CA
Pours dark brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, citrus, grape, pine and hint of chocolate. Taste is medium sweet and medium bitter with a long warm, piney, citrus and grape finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
KimJohansen (10408) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with medium beige head. Sweet and hoppy aroma with grapefruit, roasted malt and caramel notes. Sweet flavor with notes of roasted malt, hops liquerice and caramel. Ends with intense bitterness.
adnielsen (10360) - 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.