mediamarv (3) - California, USA - OCT 7, 2012
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of my favorites, always satisfies and never disappoints. Them Stone boys know what they’re doing. Read my comments on Headforbeer.com.
icehawk (202) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fairly bitter with hints of smoke. Medium body. Solid, although not overly complex.
Aholmb1 (28) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - JUN 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: opaque black, little foam from the draft, minimal lacing on the glass
Aroma: slight hoppy smell, not very aromatic
Taste: hoppy and bitter, not very overwhelming flavor, not as chocolate or coffee taste as expected
Overall: this is an excellent beer, different than what I expected but pleasantly surprised
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
AdamDaily (6) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - JUN 14, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A black IPA that is still an IPA. It's far less contrived and ham handed than many other examples out there. It still has the grassy bite and subtle fruity hints of a west coast IPA, but the malt backbone is rich and bold. The dark flavors are ashy and woody. The mouthfeel is medium. Very little head and a light but respectable degree of lacing. All the while I got the feeling that this was truly to style rather than a DIPA/porter mash up. Confident, phenomenal, sexual beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
chinchill (660) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Most Arrogant Bar Bash in SC with reg Koch.
Very dark mahogany with a head that coats the glass and lingers.
Smells quite hoppy, with more pine than citrus. A precursor of the black IPAs running rampant these days, and better than almost all of these.
mensch (205) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not really fair to rate this with other Black IPAs, because like most Stone brews it’s nearly a double, @ 8.7% and 90 IBUs. A big nose of piney and perfumey hops with some roast malt in there. Awfully well balanced, a touch of sweetness plays with fragrant hops, and then the dark malt and hop bitters intertwine seamlessly. SuperYum.
snoworsummer (461) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a bottle. Pours opaque dark brown with a foamy tan head. Bitter, hoppy, complex flavor. Tastes like toffee, coffee, licorice, cool and crisp. Smells like floral, pine, and grapefruit. Medium body and low carbonation.
radio_nowhere (440) - Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle into snifter glass. Black with light tan head. Aroma is pretty even of citrus/pine hops and roasted malt. Taste starts out with the hop flavors, giving way to the bitterness and roasted malt (only now having some mild chocolate and coffee notes). Thick body, low carbonation, creamy with a dry finish. Pretty good balance between an IPA and a porter. Nice.
Gramoit (283) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Jet Black in appearance with a creamy white head. Hoppy on the nose with hints of roasted malts. Really good balance with the roasted malts and the standard IPA flavours. Geat beer!
kathouse (595) - Nevada, USA - JUN 2, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer was on cask and served like a REAL ale should be served. Many black IPAs don’t add enough black malt to make the beer anything else but a dark IPA. This beer has great roasted flavors that blend with the hops and truly create what I think a black IPA should be. Nicely done Stone.
Cbuk1013 (150) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a very good beer but it’s definitely over hyped. Like many of Stone’s beers.