shrubber85 (9609) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Lemon, peach and pine hops aroma. Murky brown color with large tan head. Sweet chocolate malt and moderately bitter pine hops flavor. Damn tasty.
DSG (9561) - 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
DrSilverworm (9439) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Pitch black color, tan head. Some lacing falls in slow-motion back into the glass, some stays in reaching patterns. Very light, but crisp carbonation. So, so bitter, it has an almost acidic texture to it. A roasty, resiny hops aroma beneath the intense bitterness.
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, 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.
gnoff (9269) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2013 First rating
Bottle, bomber, thanks to larsniclas!
On June 5, 2010
Very dark red to black color, tan head. Sticky, hoppy, citrus scent. Bitter, hoppy, sweet taste. Soft, smooth mouthfeel, high bitterness.
Draught at Moeder Lambic, Brussels, for Zwanze Day 2011 as well as the Moeder vs Stone beer festival. Sampled on September 17, 2011
Clear deep dark red color, close to black color. Lasting fluffy tan to light brown head. Sweet, malty, caramel, citrus, hoppy scent, very fresh. Sweet and caramel taste at first, some fresh hops. Rather fast turns to the bitter side as well as bringing in some roasted notes. Smooth yet to the moussy side mouthfeel. Fairly high bitterness, dry finish.
12 fl oz bottle at Bishops Arms Örebro on May 25, 2013.
Very dark red to black color, big brown head. Hoppy, citrus, roasted scent. Sweet, bitter, hoppy, roasted, citrus taste. Raisin, bitter, hoppy, roasted aftertaste. Medium to fizzy mouthfeel, high bitterness. Noticeable alcohol.
deyholla (9257) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma had a combination of sweet fruits and citrus fruits. The citrus fruits tended to dominate the nose with some piney notes underneath. The flavor was full of hops which lead to a piney taste with citrus undertones.
leaparsons (9256) - 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.
DJMonarch (9170) - 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.
jercraigs (9154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2010 2010-06-25. Black body with a nice creamy brown head, awesome lacing. Leafy green hop aroma. 8+ Flavour is fairly bitter, quick leafy green hops, resin, rich dark malt base. 8+ Cream medium to full bodied palate. Yumm! 8+/5/8+/4/17+ - 4.2 On Tap at Bailey’s Taproom, Portland.
2008-01-01. Bottle. Black body with a big foamy tan head. Green leafy hop aroma, mild roast malt and alcohol. (7+) Similar green leafy hops in the flavour, lots of bitterness throughout, with a very mild undertone of roast malt, lingering green hops. Not really getting much in the way of citrus really, more leafy hops with maybe slight resin. Smooth average to medium palate (3+). Solid. 8/4/8/3/17 - 4.0
arminjewell (9143) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours nice dark black, nice fluffy white head. Aroma has big notes of pine, and a touch of citrus intermingling with chocolate, roast, and some coffee. Taste is fantastic pine and chocolate intertwined with some caramel, finishing bitter and roasted. Black IPA done well, where the right tastes matched up from the hops and the malt at the right time.