Nattyicerulz (8) - USA - SEP 7, 2011 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I was overall very surprised by this beer. I’m very accustomed to the flavor of the black IPA. The aroma was with more alcohol as expected, roasted malt, caramel and piney hops all mixed together. Appearance was exactly what i expected, dark with minimal dark tannish head. The taste blew me away, oustanding! Citrus and floral hop finish with a roasted malt tongue initially. Amazing! Palate is a little rough, definitely a sipper. Overall, much impressed and bought a case. WORTH IT!
5000 (5606) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle:   Pours black, moderate to large frothy beige head, nice lacing.   Piney nose, a bit of pasture (minor), with some assertive roasted qualities.   As it warms a bit more citrus comes out.   Piney up front, bittersweet, with a soft chalky roastiness coming up the back.   A bit different from many others as this may be on the malt side versus the hop side.   A little bit of licorice I pick up, but otherwise sweet pine along with citrus zest and roasted malts.   This is a kick in the pants!   Its a bit more complex than most.   Very smooth, a little velvety even.   The finish is a bit more hop revealing.   The 9.2% ABV is well hidden.   Not as sweet as the Stone varieties, but this one holds its own.   I decided to pair this with a little licorice and it was rather nice.   Very clean finish.   This one just got better from start to finish.   Good stuff!
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, light tan head. Roast and chocolate nose loaded with herbal and citrus hops, getting that minty aroma that black IPAs often seem to have. Chocolate forward body with toffee, a bit of anise and a moderate amount of char, more citrus, mint, herbs, and a big bitter hop resin finish. There’s a dark chocolate flavor that persists on the tongue a while after as well. Very tasty, definitely my kind of black IPA.
crackedmachine (445) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2012 Pours a deep, opaque black with a medium tan head. Aroma is dominated by roasted malt, a bit of black licorice, with hints of hop beneath. Flavor is at first, fleetingly, dark roasted malt, followed almost immediately by a mouthful of bitterness and pine, a flash of alcohol warmth, and then back to malty sweet, and ending with lasting bitterness. The generous amount of hops primarily contribute bitterness, while their piney flavor battles the heavy malt, but this is a tasty beer nonetheless. A reliable favorite of this style.
tmongoose (928) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap at the thirsty monk. pours jet black, this imperial black ipa has 5 varieties of hops and you can certainly taste them along with the dark roasted malts and hints of black licorice and chocolate.. gives off a nice alcohol burn in the middle and just kind of lingers thru the end. very different yet very good.
dbarnold (1106) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very well balaned, and not too heavy in the body, good hop kick up front and a clean finish. Aroma isn’t great...just decent, but overall very good beer.
after4ever (5729) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Uber. Pours jet black with a big dense tan head and tons of lace. Nice big sweet malty roasty nose showing tons of herbal hop. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Roasty, chewy, toasty mid palate with bits of chocolate and plenty of pine and then resin at the finish--lingering resinous finish.
p1meatloaf (208) - California, USA - SEP 3, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
from 12oz into sniffer bought and opened in San diego. Looks perfectly black. smells thick and chocolaty. tastes at first a sharp bitterness then a massive dark chocolate and coffee burst of flavor. Massive Double Black IPA. love this beer. couldn’t really expect any more out of this beer. overall 9 of 10.
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Sledutah. Thanks! Pours a deep black with brown at the edges and a billowy deep tan head that sticks to the bottom of the glass. Nose is faint roasty notes, cocoa, then tons of resin and citrus. A touch muddled. On tasting, I’m getting similar problems that I got with Stone 15. I think there is too much roast character and it is fighting with the hops. When you jack up the abv, don’t mess with the amount of roast. Roastiness detracts from a solid hop profile, making it seem almost vegetal, which is a shame. Okay.
italianjohn (2149) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour ruby hue creamy thin beige head light sticky lacing ..... aroma of roasted and chocolate malts, piney and citrusy/resiny hops .... taste is bitter hops and roasted, little piney and resiny with an oily hop mouthfeel .... nice mix of roasted and citrusy/resiny hops and light chocolate malts .... finish bitter hoppy and dry with a nice lingering bite .... abv hidden very well