VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big pine resin candy nose. Color is black with deep amber hues, thick tan head. Caramel sweetness, very faint roasty malt background, big hop bitterness and flavor, balance is towards hops for sure. Alcohol is warming and very pleasant. Med to high carbonation, full rich body, finish is warming and hoppy. Might be too literal of an interpretation of a Black IPA, not getting enough roasty malt flavors or aroma, great beer, just expected a little more "traditional" characteristics of style.
BadAprilia1000 (219) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - APR 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is chocolate, espresso, cocoa nibs, salted caramel, vanilla, and coffee. Pours a rich dark oil color with a creamy cappuccino colored head. Flavor is a full dark chocolate that mellows out to vanilla and finally finishes off very hoppy. The most surprising thing about this beer is hop drinkable it is, the palate is fantastic.
RyanK (154) - Rhode Island, USA - APR 22, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz! from the stone mix pack best by 5/27 tasted 4/22. Pours black but is penetrable by light, has a foamy tan head slow to subside. Smells like a black IPA chinook hops roasted malt. Taste of malty bitterness followed by dry hoppy bitterness. Plenty of bite and no alcohol taste at almost 9% I gotta give this beer credit. Plenty of bitterness and bite should most definitely appeal to fans of this style, but not to the faint of heart.
weaselkenievil (1207) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours a pretty much black colour with a nice pale tan head. Nice aroma of fruity fresh piney US hops, some roasted malts. Flavour has a bit of spice in there, creamy chocolate, bit of a dry finish. Not my favourite of the style but a good beer never the less.
Deu (668) - Nantes, FRANCE - APR 20, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at le sur mesure in Nantes. Nice thin black pour with a brown head. Medium body, medium carbo. Great hop aroma. Malty backdrop with a nice mix of hops. Not overpowering or over bitter. Very smooth drinker. Very nice Black IPA.
Handypaul (162) - - APR 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with a big beige creamy! head that leaves great lacing. aroma of chocolate, burnt malts. Flavor of the same with nuts and a roasty smoky bitterness. Average carbonation, oily texture, medium body, heavy sweet and bitterness and a long bitter finish.
beer-yum (358) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another aptly named (aren’t they all) brew from Stone. Brilliantly hop forward but balanced. As good as it is from the tap/bottle - it only gets better as it warms up. Delicious (with a capital D).
conway (1131) - - APR 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle dark cola colored with a tan head. Aroma and taste are both citrusy hops and chocolate and roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel and carb. Slightly sticky. Very good.
arnold931 (196) - Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours almost black with thin tan head. Little lacing. Some grapefruit in the nose. Hoppy flavor. Gooood!
dliberto (81) - Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Drank from bottle. Smells of wood, chocolate, coffee, nuts, and hops. Tastes of resin, pine, chocolate, citrus. Heavy carbonation, Heavy mouth feel. Absolutely amazing
DarkSong (277) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. It pour a dark black with a tiny quickly fading tan head. It has a wonder citrus and pine hop aroma with a hint of tangerine. This is by far the best Black IPA I’ve ever had. I has a wonderfully complex and intense citrus and pine hop flavors which are backed up amazingly well with the dark malt. This is an outstanding beer.