Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 10, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a pitch black color with a medium brown head. Aroma is a nice burnt roasted malts, dark fruits, licorice, balanced out with a nice piney citrusy hop character. Flavor focuses a bit more on the burnt malts, licorice, chocolate character than I would expect from Stone, but not in a bad way. Very tasty beer. Stuu666 (13390) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is chocolate, liquorice, pine, taste is similar, light coffee. Krej (224) - USA - FEB 24, 2015
Very good. Smells like chocolate a little and is very malty. Not very happy which is great for an imperial black ale. I love it. hackobock (4029) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2015
February 7, 2015. Bottle at Man in the Moon. Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2015
Black with a tan brown head. Aroma is toasted malt, sweet licorice, cheese, grass and chocolate. Taste us light to medium sweet licorice and caramel, medium grassy bitterness along with some sweaty cheese notes. Finish has sweet licorice, green pepper, cheese and grass. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Besides some cheesy notes it has aged quite well with the light roasted notes and licorice making up for the lack in hop character.
Pours dark brown with a thick brown head. Aroma is hoppy with notes of caramel and malt. Tastes initially of caramel followed by lingering hops bitterness. Complex, dark, and rich. Reminds more of a hoppy stout than an IPA. 10/10/2011
cobaink2 (688) - seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Wow I wasnt sure how this was going to hold up after 3 years. Its got great chocolate, espresso, and a heavy handed dose of piny hops. Fantastic ipa that really stands the test of time. slowrunner77 (12037) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 29, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2016 "holy hell this is good stuff. a hopheads delight. a dark, black bastard child of Stone 13 and all it’s dark spicy goodness and Sublimely Self Righteous, the best black IPA out there. Bigger in body, with a huge roasted malt, and spicy grapefruity hop assault in the aroma followed by more of the same in the flavor. big beer all around, skip it if you’re in the mood for subtle. this may hold for a bit, but the fresher the better."
orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Served on-tap at the Brewhouse Grille during the Troegs / Stone Total Tap Takeover.
boto (2210) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - AUG 14, 2014
A - Pours nearly pitch black with a nice two finger tall tan head leaving small streaks of lace down the entire glass.
S - Smells of rich dark roasted chocolate malt, molasses sweetness, bright citric hops, tropical fruits, and some light pine needles.
T - Starts off with a big dose of dark roasted chocolate malt slowly giving way to a mix of pungent citric hops, light hints of tropical fruits; most notably grapefruit; pine, molasses, and the faintest hint of booze. The finish is a mix of hop bitterness and dark roast, lingering for some time.
M - Medium-Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. The feel has lots of hop bitterness and dark roast, lingering for some time after consumption.
O - Not too bad. The mix of dark roast and hops was fairly well balanced and it tasted pretty good. I have never been the biggest fan of Black IPA’s but Stone really knows how to make them the right way.
Draught @ Headkeeper: This one pours a pretty much opaque dark brown color. There was about a finger of a tan head that lingers and leaves some lacing. The aroma was not quite as strong as i thought it would be. Some pine and earthy hops and chocolate are predominant. The taste is very good. Big malt body. Just a hint of sweetness up front. Not too bitter. Hints of chocolate, pine, nuttiness, perhaps some fruits. Vignale (3825) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2014
Tidigare felaktigt inlagd: Mörkbrun med stort skum. Stor grapebesk doft. Stor närmast brutal smak. Massor av grapebeska. Rund kropp med choklad och kaffe som också känns massiv men beskan slår hela tiden igenom och skapar en riktigt torr eftersmak. Maffig Imperial IPA som har allt och ändå är välbalanserad. Skulle jag få önska skulle jag nog ändå vridigt ned beskan något.