AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 5, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Truly unique! Without reading other peoples’ ratings, yeah, it’s pretty much a combination of a dark lager and an IPA. The dark malts blend nicely with the firm hoppiness to produce something great. Dark caramel, wheat, and pine are the words of the day. Definitely not a porter or stout, this is something different. Tarrish finish that sticks with you pretty good. You don’t really taste the alcohol, but you know it is there based on it being a Stone beer.
Hopmaestro (662) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is rosated and hoppy with hints of chocolate and licorice. The smooth and slight grassy hops brings a refreshing taste to this mighty fine brew. Pleasant bitterness.
katrinaez (629) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very heavy. Super thick and not to hoppy but very even and balanced. Fills the whole mouth and sticks. Tap and bottle
gegwilson (2197) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Rehills of Jesmond. Pours deep brown, almost black with a big lasting cream head. The aroma is sweet with pine and cocoa. The taste is big and bitter pine followed by smooth dark chocolate. Moderate spice too. Very drinkable. Sublime indeed.
Birronauta (8) - San Severino Marche, ITALY - JUN 30, 2015 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Almost perfect as Black IPA style. Black color and a little bit cloudy. Aroma is very complex, cacao and coffee and a little of fruit. Perfect balance of malts and hops. Vey creamy, blackberries, coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, grapefruit, orange, sweetnes from the caramel malt, bread, pine, roasted notes, and some citrus. Very bitter.
Creamy, oily texture. Medium body e medium carbonation.
This is real Black IPA, no compromise.
One of my favourite black ipa’s ever.
Martinus (3893) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JUN 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black colour, beige head. Aroma of cacao, red berries, quite fruity, coffee, citrus. Quite bitter flavour, coffee, citrus, hops, grapefruit, pineapple, berries. Finish coffee, straw, fruity hops. Lingering bitter. Nice.
(from 66cL bottle @ home. Thanks for the bottle, Tim!)
bennetporter (407) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 20, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a black from a bottle with a white head, good lacing. Sweet roasty smell, overly sweet flavor. Bitter finish. Okay beer.
craftbeersweden (370) - SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I got this bottle in a Stone Mixe Pack 2014 and I’ve tried it before but not reviewed it. This is my last bottle so this is the time to correct this!
The beer pours dark brow with a red tone and a two finger high beige-brown head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass! FInally the head sinks down to a 2 mm layer on top of the beer, still creamy and fluffy.
Nose: Wow! Fantastic nose! Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, cream, vanilla, orange, alcohol, toffee, butter, herbs, smoke and dried fruit.
Taste: Oh, this is so creamy and soft! Black berries, coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, grapefruit, orange, sweetnes from the caramel malt, smoke, pine, roasted notes, dark bread, citrus - a LOT of flavours here!
Body: Medium body and soft carbonation. Creamy, oily texture. Complex flavours. So rich and soft.
This is an excellent beer!
badhack (423) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 12, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Most black IPA go straight for very dark, charcoal malts. This was a refreshing IPA with a balance of dark, cola, coffee and bread crust malts which made it much more drinkable. Everything was well balanced, nothing stood out. Nice citrus hop finish. Pairs well with grilled meats, beef, pork, etc.
Ratpatrol1019 (70) - Palm desert, California, USA - JUN 9, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Jet black pour with tan head. Coffee and hop, aroma. Very well done and n aroma. Taste is very light coffe and dark malts ...obvious hop backend. Slightly dry finish a great blend of hops and dark malts.
Zakoon (290) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 26, 2015
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
650ml bottle enjoyed @ my vacation apartment. Pours very dark brown with a big and frothy beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, sweet, grapefruit and a little herbal. Flavour is medium sweet and light bitterness. Medium bodied, thick bodied, average carbonation. Finish is sweet and hoppy.