timc100 (314) - Park Ridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pine, spruce, grapefruit oil citrus IPA smell. As a unique and enjoyable nut roasted caramel malts. I have a feeling this bottle wasn’t as fresh as it could have been, but still enjoyable.
DiarmaidBHK (3062) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Bruisn Ales. Pours brown with an inch of khaki head that leaves some lacing. Big pine on the nose. Lots of hop flavor till in the forest. Finish was not as big as I thought it would be. Solid but not spectacular.
kbutler1 (1332) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Not the biggest black ipa fan so take my rating with a grain of salt. pours not unexpectedly, more brown than black with a slight tan head. Roast mixed with a citrus/fruit like hop aroma, burnt rubber. Medium mouthfeel. Starts with a sweet roast like flavor that than has an awkward transition to a hoppy floral flavor. Lingering bitterness. Nope, not for me, but not terrible either.
beerbastard (609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour. Big hop aromas of pine, citrus, followed by toasted malt. Upfront flavors of hops, grassy, pines, grapefruit. The burnt toffee flavors are in the background. Strong bitterness with a dry spicey finish. I would enjoy a little more malt backbone.
AWISLguy (934) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Cardinal in Niles. A Stone beer without an "enjoy by" date?? (it does have a 2011 collaboration) Pours brown with a tannish head and a lot of floaties. Really nice clingy lacing. Aroma has rum raisin, roasted malts, coffee and pine. Taste is of sweet caramel, dark fruit (figs, raisins, grapes), expresso, spruce, hints of chocolate nibs and some earthiness. Finishes sweet and medium long. A tasty brew. Thinking it would have been better 6 months ago.
hansenkw (12) - - SEP 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An interesting take on the dark IPA, one of my personal favorite beer styles. Poured a dark brown with a full light brown head. The mixture of citrus hops with the roast from the dark malts doesn’t work very well. It certainly has a good bitterness and some astringency to it. Overall, a good beer, but there are definitely better black IPAs to choose from.
Kinz (3111) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a dark brown, definitely not black, really nice creamy head. Aroma was awesome, a shot of grapefruit and tangerine hops. Flavor is a match - loads of hops, but balanced nicely by a caramel and faint roast malt backbone. Good body. Very enjoyable, as usual, I love the hops coming from Stone.
zgaier (1051) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown with a tan head and toasty aroma of hops and pine. The bitterness really comes at you, tastes is toasty, of pine, hops, and floral notes with a bitter, lingering finish.
jjgmd (1085) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark mahogany brown color. Note is full of citrus, predominately grapefruit, and sharp bitterness. Taste is bitter and heavy with citrus again predominating. Finish is long and lasting and nicely bitter as well. Carbonation is soft. Very drinkable and considerably thirst quenching for an IPA. Quaff Score 8 / 10
Ober (2805) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - AUG 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark brown colored beer, with a white head. It disapears quickly. The roma of fruits, some hops and spices. The taste of fruits, some caramel, hops and spices. The aftertaste is sweet, a little spicy and some bitter.