PotjeBier (1295) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from Mega Liquor 8, Alhambra, CA. Color: eh, more brown than black. Cloudy. Off white to beige, sticky head. Aroma’s: grapefruit, laurel/bay leaves, a bit salty, drop, roast. Flavor is medium to full bitter, drop, hint of sweet. Medium bodied. Finishes with a firm bitterness. Very nice!
SDalkoholic (1998) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 14, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottles from Spouts Eastlake: Created a fat pillow of foam topping for a head as the liquid was a dark shade of brown. Almost instantly after pouring the beer, a bold aroma of green floral hops filled the atmosphere with scents of citrus fruit and just a touch of warm baked biscuits. The flavor is a smothering dosage of west coast citrus like hops that just ooze sour grapefruit notes while a perfect backbone of sweet sugary malts has been established. I enjoyed the huge bite of hops in this recipe but something about it doesn’t seem rounded out and perhaps its to sweet in the finish, but none the less, a solid brown/black IPA recipe.
JML044 (31) - Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good flavor. Nice dark color.
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neuromatt (858) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours hazy walnut with a huge, frothy tan head that remains and laces well. On the nose, there are huge notes of pine and herbs, along with pink grapefruit, pineapple, tropical fruit and a medicinal note. The flavour is moderately bitter with pink grapefruit hoppy notes. A peppery quality develops in the middle and lingers to the end. It finishes with a long, dry grapefruit hoppy quality. There is a nice toasty maltiness in the background, but this is quite subtle. On the palate, it is medium in body with a dry texture and average carbonation. Overall, this is a very nice grapefruit black IPA. It lacks the roasted notes typical of the style and is much more drinkable. Very interesting, very nice. 2012-02-17
DSG (4694) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel Florentin. Thanks eyes_wide_shut and YK23. Dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of lovely fruity and "green" hops and some roasty notes. Flavor has some sweetish maltiness, slightly roasty, with nice bitter fruity and piney hops. Medium-bodied. Very nice.
pfhyde (53) - Davis, California, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer was disappointing. I had no idea it was bottle conditioned, otherwise I would have not poured out the sediment into my glass--but there it was: a thick yeast/malty load that mucked up the flavour of everything thereafter. There’s a lot of potential behind the idea of this beer--it reminds me of a Dopplebock--but its actual offering is a bit flat, home-brew, and disorganized. The more you drink it the better it gets (perhaps because the conditioning load settled to the bottom of the glass), but it still tastes more like a red ale than a (brown) IPA, as advertised. I could see this same beer concept going expertly well if tried again with more organization. Hope is what I feel as I sip along further into my glass.
tricyclist (470) - Florida, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a semi-dark brown with little to no head. Whatever head was there, dissipated quickly. Nose is fairly malty, chocolate and coffee malts with much less hop character. Still quite pleasant. Flavor is spicy for a black IPA... can’t quite place the spice. maybe coriander? moderately hopped with a good caramel malt back. Light lacing...
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle purchased for $3.99. Brown color, looks fine enough. The smell is a blast of hops, with just a bit of dark malt coming in at the end to remind us that it is a "black" IPA. The flavor is bitter, super hoppy, a bit of orange. Overall not bad and while it is a little pricey I did not regret buying it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-16-2012 00:55:52
alobar (2509) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with an aroma of pine, hops, and hint of citrus. Hop bite at the end with grapefruit, toffee, and caramel flavor. Very nice.
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 1, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled on 11/1/2012. This Black IPA pours a dark brown color from a 12oz bottle. Medium to large sized beige rocky foamy head. The aroma is roasty malt, caramel, chocolate and hoppy. A medium bodied Black IPA. The malts are chocolate and roasty. The hops are grapefruity, piney and citrusy. Decent carbonation. A big hoppy Black IPA. The grapefruity clashes a bit with the chocolate malts, but its kind of an interesting combination. And yet, another interesting collaboration beer from Stone. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.