popery (2231) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 1, 2011
The beer is wall to wall black with a thick and creamy light brown head. I’m getting pineapple, tangerines and grapefruit rind up front. Lurking beneath the hops, there’s a foundation of fudge with touches of roast and smoke. On the downside, there’s also a little paint thinner and booze at the edges, but it wouldn’t be a Stone beer without some rough edges. The taste has a lot of sweetness followed up by a good bitter bite. It starts out with fudgy chocolate cake mixed with pineapple-citric hop oil. Some roast and smoke chimes in, filling out the malt flavor, and it ends with mild smoke and hop bitterness. The bitterness is strong but fairly smooth. However, there’s some more booze pushing through, as well. It’s an undercooked chocolate rum cake with tangerine pith icing. Very fun to drink. It’s creamy and smooth even as it smolders with pleasant bitterness and unpleasant booze. To be fair, it’s getting away with some harshness by throwing in a whole bunch of lovely dry-hop delicacy. DYCSoccer17 (3708) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 1, 2011
22 ounce bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. The aroma on this is moderately hoppy with hints of Centennials and other PNW hops. Some grapefruit and pine. Beneath this, there is a lot of roast present. Some sweet chocolate is also there with some chalkiness, too. Mildly transparent dark mahogany body with a smallish, quickly dissipating light tan head. Starts a little chocolatey, before this becomes quite burnt, and bitter. Tons of grapefruit hops going on here. Very charred, and very difficult to drink this beer. There’s no subtlety here, and it just seems like they dumped the leftover unsweetened chocolate from their previous Oatmeal Chocolate IS and a shit ton of hops into this beer. toxichop (598) - South Gate, California, USA - SEP 1, 2011
A bit dissapointed with this brew. The roasted malts dominates this beer while the citrus hops are in the background. Theres is also a bit of a chocolate hop mix. Kinda weird and sometimes thats a good thing but not in this brew. An ok brew overall thoughit would be better tho. jtd6628 (362) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 1, 2011
Really good beer. I found its aroma very nice hoppiness with a hint of awkwardness. The flavor is hoppy and Chocolate malt and that awkwardness in the aroma it not a bad thing just something I have not taste a lot or before. 17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2011
This is a solid 4 beer if not higher. Such a big bright pine aroma, not too green, bit of alcohol, well more than a bit, some light roast, well balanced big beer. Balanced chocolate and espresso, lots of pine and resin, thats really it... big flavors in balance, some abrasive alcohol though. Medium body with tight fizzy carbonation.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Bomber thanks to 17thfloor. Pours nearly black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is super fresh hops, very piney and citric, awesome hop presence. Just so fresh on the hops, lightly citric, floral and herbal. Flavor is supremely balanced, lots of roast along with such a great hop citric and pine presence. Very good can8ianben (1577) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Surprisingly I thought this would be all about the hops, but it was actually a really dark and roasty beer. Hops were there to be sure, but I’d almost call this an imperial stout, not a black IPA. Dark black beer with a brown head, lots of hop aroma and a faint bitterness. Plenty of smoke and roasted flavor. riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Starts with tropical fruity hop notes on the nose, moves to dark chocolate and roast, followed with floral, danky, and piney notes. Pours more or less black with a tan head. The flavor is chocolatey and roasty up front followed by soft fruity hops, more floral bitterness, a good deal of herbal notes and dank, as well as more dark roast. Big full body - leans more toward hoppy stout than black IPA in my opinion, but solid nonetheless. Some alcohol shows up in the finish. Solid. danbierman (20) - California, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Bottle. Pours jet black with a finger of mocha colored head. Smells of hops, chocolate, and roasted malts. Big nose. Tastes of a perfect balance between the hops and the roasted malts. Chocolate flavors linger in the background. Medium bodied with a slightly bitter finish, very "chewy". Overall a very well done Black IPA, not much of a Stone fan, but this beer is very well done. vyvvy (6731) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Pours very dark brown with dense dark tan head. The aroma has lots of smooth roasty malt, chocolate, tropical fruit, green onion, hop funk and bits of grapefruit. Medium / full body with a bit of light semi-sharp carbonation at the end. Starts with more bitterness to the roasty malt than on the aroma. The hoppiness has more grapefruit zest and pine traits than on the aroma. There is some of the tropical fruit and funk that is still there. All of the flavors are very bold, but nothing overpowers; it is quite well balanced. On the finish there is a bit of alcohol heat, but it is a pleasing taste blended with the other flavors. A really nice Anniversary beer from Stone. The brewery that made a lot of its reputation from the use of hops once again makes a delicious hop forward beer,.