poisoneddwarf (2511) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Bomber. Pours imperial stout opaque black with a medium tan head with decent retention and lace. Aroma is roasty pine trees, raisins. Taste is definitely the best black IPA I’ve ever had. It combines the best of both worlds--the nice roasted flavor of a great stout with the piney flavor of the IPA all rolled into one. Too many times with this style it leans one way or the other. This is perfectly balanced. Big body with medium carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel. Very good. nwiseman (202) - Norwich, Connecticut, USA - AUG 28, 2011
On tap at the Black Sparrow. Pours black with a dark tan head (friend though it was an imperial stout). Floral aroma with bright fruits. Taste of sweet pineapple, dark chocolate, warm malt, and slight hop bitterness. Good carbonation, but silky, with a warm, slightly bitter finish. I thought I would taste more hops, but this was better than anything I was expecting. baraciisch (3187) - California, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Deep black in color with tan head... Aroma is malts and grassy hops.... Flavor is initially roasted malts, but finishes with a shockingly grassy bitterness.... Totally unique, nothing like the sublimely self-righteous, but good in its own right.... Still prefer the latter,but a good beer nonetheless... BeerNeedy (126) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Awesome aroma. Black as midnight but with a brownish short head. This is like a smoked porter with an IPA kick and aroma. I really enjoyed the combination of mellow and hop. But hey, it’s from Stone! troopie (2323) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Draught at Get STONE’d weekend. Black pour with thin off white head. Roasted hop (Is there such a thing) aroma. Floral hop flavour with a roast malt backbone. Alcohol is well balanced; Wonderful finish.
Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - AUG 27, 2011
22 oz. bottle- Pours black as black with a thick mocha colored head, nice looking beer. The aroma is chocolate and hops, sweet and malty, good. The taste is all chocolate and hops like the aroma, very nice. A little coffee pops up as well. Body is full, carbonation is medium high, finish is sticky and lingers. I absolutely loved this beer, one of the best IBA’s I have ever had. GranvilleTim (1855) - Granville, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Black pour with a brown head. Aroma at first is fruity hops with some pine hops amongst it. Taste initially is citrus hops and pine. Second sip revealed some burnt roasted malt. It is nicely balanced. You notice a little chocolate malt also. The hops are sticky sweetness which balance nicely with the roasted malt/. Nice lacing. Padron4KM (810) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2011
22 oz bomber.HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Pour looks like a good imp stout. Black with a thick, long lasting, tan head, and loads of sticky lace.
Initial aroma is typical Stone with tons of hops. Citrus and pine are more aggressive with subtle notes of resin. Some roasty grain joins the mix as it warms.
Flavor is all about the grapefruit. here is a little bit of creamy chocolate that flirts with the tounge but it gets overpowered by the hops.
22 oz. bomber. Pours a deep, thick black with a thick tan head that dissipates in a rocky mess. Lots of lacing smears down the glass as the head fades. Aroma of roast, some chocolate, some fresh asphalt. Mild pine hops notes creep through in the aroma. The flavor is just . . . wow. I’m not sure how to describe what’s going on here. It just tastes like a generic, hot bitterness. It’s vaguely piney but more like spruce and fir trees. Very odd, seems almost chemical. Harsh and unpleasant. I’m hop head. I love bitterness. But this has no character at all other than chemical and alcohol bitterness. Thinnish body. This is not a beer I’d recommend. beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 26, 2011
I know I have been down on CDAs but this Roasty chocolate aroma beauty is a step up. Pours black with a big espresso head this strikes the right balance. Hops hit hard and linger and the burnt notes fade away. Nice lacing on the glass too.