mkel07 (6406) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 15, 2016
241116. I had this on tap at Brewski, leftover from a Stone Brewing tap takeover. What a cracker of a beer. Black as night with a light coffee coloured head and a strong bitter aroma. Full bodied and it nearly sticks to the roof of your mouth. It is almost a combination IPA, porter and stout with a big boozy finish. Gluepot (721) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2016
If I hadn’t just had a Firestone Walker Wookey Jack Imperial Black Rye IPA, I might have rated this even higher! A nice dense rindy hop and roasted malt nose. The taste profile features a heady grassy, fruit rind and pine hop signature backed by a well roasted, almost blackened malt. a touch of coffee and chocolate lurk in the background. Maybe the best of the Stone 4-imperial anniversary box set scotchzombie (612) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 26, 2016
Best Black IPA I've had. Just a touch of sweet coffe malt aroma with some tropical. Taste is the bomb. Smooth and balanced. The malt is mild but comes in a sweet ending undercurrent. Outstanding beer.
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A 22 oz bomber, bottled on 17th August 2016, to be enjoyed by 23rd November 2016 (drank on 24th, so I’m a day late). Poured into an oversized wine glass. It poured a dark brown near black colour with a one finger tanned head that had pretty decent retention and eventually fades to a thin cap, leaving nice lacing. Aromas are roasty malt and light chocolate with nice tropical pineapple, peach and apricot. There’s also a touch of citrus orange and lemon zest, pine and a light char at the end. Tastes bittersweet chocolate, light char smoke, followed by strong bitter grapefruit, orange zest and pine. The roastiness comes back and the bitterness lingers on the finish. Medium to full bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Overall a nice roasty and hoppy Black IPA. I’m glad that they re-released this. zoucrew102 (2106) - - NOV 19, 2016
Bomber. Roasted malt aroma with notes of chocolate, licorice, grapefruit and piney hops. Pours pitch black with a large light brown head that has excellent retention and good lacing. Starts with rich roasted malt and sweet chocolate and licorice flavors. Finishes dry but quite smooth with grapefruit citrus hoppiness as well as some bitter pine hops. Excellent, well-balanced black IPA!
beerbaaron (2046) - Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2016
Black with a frothy light brown head. An initially strong piney bitterness that gets balanced out really well. Big but not oversized. MarinEvelyn (868) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2016
Awesome head. Hoppy and chocolate. Very well balanced, so much so, hard to pick particular flavors out. I enjoy the lightness of it yet at the same time deep flavor. User134089 (1644) - - NOV 9, 2016
Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Hardwood Artisans shaker pint glass
From: Costco in Fashion Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $19.99 (for a variety 4-pack)
Purchased: Oct. 20, 2016
Consumed: Oct. 26, 2016
Reviewed as: American Black Ale
Misc.: Bottled Aug. 17, 2016; 2016 release, 2001 label
Had been wanting to pick up this Stone 20th Anniversary 4-pack and finally saw it for the first time at Costco for $19.99. Done. Kind of looking forward to this Black IPA, which I have a kind of an affinity for.
Poured a pitch black color with khaki tan frothy head. Serene setting underneath. Excellent uneven foamy lacing. World-class retention. (Sight - 4.25)
Smelled a nice mix of roasted malts and hops. Got chocolate, cocoa, espresso, caramel, toast, mandarin orange, mango, papaya and other tropical notes. Really getting Orange Chocolate See’s Candy. Nice. (Smell - 4.00)
More malty on the tongue than the nose. Got chocolate, dark cocoa powder, roasty coffee beans, bitter char wood, dark fruits, purple grape, mandarin orange (not as potent as the nose), red grapefruit, stone fruit, hints of bitter mango rind, papaya and some other tropical notes. And 10.8 pct. ABV, are you serious Clark? (Taste - 4.25)
Medium-to-full body. Creamy texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Long, smooth finish. (Feel - 4.25)
Really liked this one, even growing on me as it went down. This was my favorite of the 5th-10th-15th series, and only trailing Citracado out of the four. Lovely. (Overall - 4.25)
4.19 93 A-
Ngejo (1000) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - NOV 9, 2016
Tap. Black, frothy, tan foam, medium bitterness, medium sweetness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, & bitter finish. rumproasts (6035) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2016
Bottle. Black with one finger tan head. Malty with a ton of roasty notes. Coffee, dark chocolate, a bit of dark fruit. Hops seem a bit swallowed up by the base, though it’s plenty hoppy. Some boozy warmth.