Benzai (9548) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 18, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas during the three day Stone Event, 16-18 september 2011. Pitch black opaque color, white head. Smell hops, grassy, mint and fresh. Very nice fresh grassy taste with a lot of hops. Good carbo, medium to full body.
hopdog (9525) - 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.
Sammy (9233) - 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.
DJMonarch (9162) - 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.
GT2 (9132) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 mL bottle into tulip. Pours a deep brown almost black with a two-finger tan head that has good retention and leaves some spotty lacing. Aroma is very powerful: lots of dark fruits, prunes, molasses, dark chocolate, strawberries, and big grapefruit hops that makes for an odd combination like a Belgian Strong Ale and IPA combined. Taste is just that: refreshing grapefruit hops are most prominent but as this warms it becomes more about dates, prunes and then moves to coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, and some smokiness. I really haven’t tried a black IPA before, this is the closest to it and I find it fascinating.
Dogbrick (9085) - 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.
Rune (8890) - 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).
JoeMcPhee (8788) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber. Very dark brown/black beer topped with a thick dark tan head. The aroma is fairly hoppy up front, pine and resiny, hops with a bit of bright citrus. Initially, hops dominate the aroma and the malts are barely detectable. Flavour is also very hoppy with loads of fresh pine and citrus. There is a light milk chocolate aroma that comes up as the temperature does. There is a bit of coffee flavour in here as well. Further warming brings out the fruiter citrusy/juicy character of the hops. Peppery and fairly alcoholic. Very creamy texture with chocolate coming out a little bit as well. Malts appear to be fairly well developed although the hops never leave IIPA territory. Sticky and resiny with a lingering pine finish. Nice beer.
maeib (8750) - 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.
leaparsons (8637) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with a beige rocky foam. Aromas are molasses and liquorice with lots of herbal notes and rich black coffee. Flavours are rich, bitter roast coffee with liquorice. Some cream with bitter dark chocolate with raisins and dates. Fruity and dark with an oily palate. Strong warming alcohol.