holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours a black brown with a thin head. Awesome pacific northwest hop nose. Lots of pine and grapefruit abundant and delicious blend of of hops. Their is a hint of roasted malts in there. Piney and grapefruity bright flavors with a roasted chocolate flavor coming through after the initial burst of hoppiness. Bitter finish biting at the edges of my tongue. Really good stuff. I wish that there was no black and it could be just a regular IPA, but the hops in this rock. So I’ll take it as is. 9/4/8/4/16 dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2011
(On draught at taste of taste). Pours black with coffee color head. Aroma has green hops, pine and coffee. Taste is roasty and has some nice bitterness. Full bodied with a creamy texture. Roasty, hoppy finish. Nice. Ratman197 (14698) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 8, 2011
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of charcoal, roastiness, grapefruit, earthiness and pine. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of charcoal, roastiness, grapefruit, earthiness and pine with a smooth dry bitter lingering grapefruit finish. BREWMUSKCLES (2673) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2011
pretty awesome and from the tap@ R & H NYC. Pine cone and citrus hop with cocoa, chocolate and heavy malt with an earwax earthy dankness. on the thick side as the carbonation lends to make me think it pudding like. Dark with brown head and some sweetness. 12 oz banana type glass helped appearance. jrmac (335) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Awesome beer! Tastes a lot like a hopped up imperial stout. Quite nice and would cellar nicely
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours black with a creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.
Burnt malts, hoppy aroma, didn’t taste the 10%+ alcohol
Perfect Double Black IPA j12601 (11162) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Bottle. Pours a deep jet black with a huge dense tan head, looks like an awesome imperial stout. Huge roast, chocolate, light citrus, big earthy hops, caramel. Medium to thick bodied, loads of roast, big chocolate, touches of anise. Bakers chocolate, pudding, earthy gritty hops. Long quinine and earthy grapefruit. Very nice. PorterPounder (7898) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Tallahassee, Fl. - Market Square Liquors - 22 oz bomber. Pours black as night, thick and viscous with a sticky khaki colored head that leaves plenty of lacing. Pungent aroma with some earthy accents, some rye, bourbon and raw dough. Flavor is bold with some licorice, mint, heavy citrus, hints of unsweetened chocolate, vanilla and marshmallows - a regular flavorfest. Thick, rich mouthfeel. Best from Stone in quite a while. jethrodium (366) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 7, 2011
650 ml bottle. Pours a dark brownish black with a one finger tan chocolate head that sticks around for a while and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass in a bunch of small spots. The aroma is roasted coffee, some tobacco, mango, oranges, and peaches. There is definitely some citra hops in there. The initial taste is a strong roastiness that goes into tobacco, coffee, and hints of orange peel. The fruit in not nearly as prominent in the taste as it was in the nose. Bitter coffee on the finish. Medium carbonation. Full bodied. This beer was much closer to a heavily hopped imperial stout than an IPA with a bit of roastiness, which is how I usually like my black IPAs. While it certainly was not a bad beer, I felt some of the flavors didn’t work together all that well. Beaver (1791) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours a dark brown black with a frothy creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is roasted malts with piney hops and a little fruit.
The flavor is a some sweet fruity malt followed by a big roast bitterness with a lot of char in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied.
Overall, pretty similar to other black IPAs that just don’t do it for me. Too much roast and char bitterness rather than hop flavors. There is some sweetness and a little fruit and pine, but it just doesn’t seem to go well with the roasted char.