drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with creamy tan head. A big hoppy and dark chocolate aroma, resin, pine, tropical fruit, while a nice roasty, dark chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon malt base brings in further complexity. Really great aroma. Flavors continue with big hop profile and a matching dark chocolate malt backing, nice juicy resiny, piney, and grapefruity hops all around a huge dark chocolate bar with coffee, vanilla, and a ancho pepper kick to it. Huge bitterness in this one. Big body, good amount of booze and bitterness adds depth nicely on the finish but some sips it’s more of a burn. Really reminds me of batch 1 Darkness although this is clearly more bitter. Excellent hop profile and and an even more impressive malt complexity. Lots of delicious depth. Easily the best black iipa I’ve had (sorta redeeming the style for me as of late), and a true one, great dark malt flavor but huge hop flavor and ibus. A huge surprising home run from Stone. Strykzone (7430) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Sampled at an esbls tadting. Black pour! Smallish tan head. Cocoa aroma is subtle. Chocolate flavor, onions (!), espresso, This is almost very very good but it falls short because of the hop selection. caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Pours near-black with the deepest brown head I’ve ever seen a beer, and quite foamy as well. Nose is enormously potent, dominated by bitter hops and supercharged sour fruit, with a touch of coffee and dare I say bubblegum. Flavor is all business; the front is tame but the backside is strong and multi-layered. Very bitter (who didn’t see that coming) and has a burned (but not bad) quality. Finish is intense and lingering with a more tenacious bitterness than any other IPA I’ve had before. I’m more into a more standard IPA/DIPA but this is an experience worth having. Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Bottle with Carla. Pours a thick opaque black with frothy deep brown foam. Smells sweet and hippy. Tastes initially hippy with hints of chocolate and coffee. daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Nearly black pour. Chewy and resinous hop aromas dominate with some roast and chocolate notes. Lots of hops, some residual sweetness and dark toffee. Nice.
zizzybalubba (1874) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2011
22 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC. Pours black, not dark brown, but a thick-as-motor oil black with a rich khaki head. The aroma is almost equal parts smoky, roasted malt and piney hops with neither overwhelming the nose. Smoky malts are the dominant flavor with burnt espresso, smoke, and bitter chocolate leading the way and are balanced by enough hops that you realize this is indeed a black IPA. The mouthfeel is almost creamy from the smokiness in the malt. This is dangerously drinkable at this ABV but there is moderate alcohol warming. A top notch black IPA. joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 30, 2011
From the bottle. It pours very dark brown with a tall but slowly shrinking tan/orange head. The aroma is kind of weird at first with some strong pine, peach, cotton candy, cooked vegetables and cocoa. Not real good, but the dense hoppiness saves it from being downright bad. The flavor is a bit better, but very sticky sweet up front and painfully bitter/alcoholic on the back end. Flavors of peach and pine to start and then straight to a punishing bitterness with hints of dirty roasted malt. The palate is creamy, but I find this one hard to drink. Not really complex or well integrated, just another assault on the senses. beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Bottle pours a thick black with a creamy brown head. Scent of pine and very floral. Taste is citrus, some dark chocolate, lightly roasted malts. Very nice! elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2011
22oz bottled Aug 16, 2011. Served at around 50F.
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Pours black with a large thick brown head that leaves a nice pattern of sticky lacing and holds one of the best caps I’ve seen. She sho’ is purty!
Aroma is pine, spruce, grapefruit rind and citrus, dank, along with some of that delicious cat spray, also some coffee, roasted malts and chocolate, but the hops really take center stage in the aroma. Excellent strength.
Flavor is intense to say the least. A ton of pine, juicy citrus and resinous, dank hops up front intertwined with strong chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, anise and molasses as well as a bit of caramel and dark fruits, nice bitterness and some alcohol on the finish.
Mouthfeel is medium plus bodied, sticky, good carbonation.
And I thought Sublimely Self Righteous was the most intense Black IPA out there... Not anymore! A new king has been crowned! Holy hell is this some good stuff. Ridiculously hoppy and the great roasted malt component holds its own. Gonna be enjoying this some more for sure while it’s around.
Pours the darkest of browns with a medium brown head. Not beautiful, but a nice cascading effect in the head makes the pour worth watching. Nose is hops with notes of wood and spices, along with an alcohol undercurrent. Flavors are similar, but really pack a punch, as the hops take centerstage, initially, fading into a roasty, hoppy, dark spicy afterglow. The hops character is very similar to Stone’s Arrogant Bastard, but the complementary flavors are different...smoother, richer, a bit sweeter. Flavors linger on the palate forever...you’ll have taken your next sip well before the previous is gone from the tongue.