p1meatloaf (256) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - SEP 5, 2011
from bomber into sniffer bought at holiday wine celler. Looks pitch black with brown thick creamy head. smells like coffee vanilla rich chocolate and a sharpish crisp bitterness. tastes at first creamy rich and thick. Some citrus bitterness on top with deep roasty chocolate. massive quantities of both malts and hops that is balanced. a perfect example of the Double black IPA style in my opinion. Overall 9.5 of 10. dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Aroma- hops, malts, booze, char, chocolate
Appearance- pitch black, huge creamy white head, excellent lacing
Taste- huge hops on all aspects of the mouthfeel, nice chocolate hints, sweet malts cut the alcohol burn and hop bitterness
Palate- nice creamy mouthfeel, not cloying at all
Overall- Perhaps my new favorite brew from Stone. I’m usually not a fan of Black IPA’s but this is a gem. The sweet/bitter dichotomy of this beer is unlike anything I’ve experienced before. Well done Stone! Koyo (251) - SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2011
Bottle from Systembolaget, Lund, Sweden. Aroma has a lot of pine, very little roasted notes and other typical "dark" aromas, just hoppiness. Pours a pitch black with a thick white foam that stays forever, foam retention A++. Taste is sweet on the onset, as it rolls over the tounge it releases an onslaught of hoppy bitterness that stays in your mouth for minutes after the first sip, very cool beer. Feels thick and oily on the palate, great texture. Brilliant beer for its kind, without a doubt the best Black IPA I have ever tried. 41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2011
I Love it man. Need a walk in the woods, drink this sucker. From the fresh fallen pine and ripe sticky resin, to the fertile dampen earth beneath, this one has you covered. A trip to an old world candy shop; got you covered there too. The rich birch syrup up front and black licorice in back let you know that the priorities are well in line here. Everything’s held together by a sting of bitter hop spice at the end befitting of the father that is Stone. Thanks Stone. 2011 22oz. bomber. ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Pour is dark brown to black, brown head, good lacing. Aroma is hoppy with toasted coffee notes. Flavor is a duality of strong toasted malt along with the bitterness of hops and pine. Mouthfeel is very soft and finishes dry. I enjoyed the two-fold experience of having a very malty side, yet a hoppy IPA flavor on the other side.
One2remeber (247) - Bucktown, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Bottle. Reviewed 09.12.11.
Black as could be, thin dark mocha head quickly dissipates, leaving a ring on the side. Slightly bubbly in carbonation.
"Fruity pepples" fruity aroma with light undertones of smoked malts. The more I smell the more the smoke comes out of the beer.
Dominant, heavy chocolate notes on the back end, bitter than most black IPAs, yet still not reaching the stout bitterness level. High acidic taste in the middle of the gulp as it hits the roof of the mouth, then turns to a fruity bubbly on the way down.
Soft on the side of the mouth, almost warming sensation. Chocolate coats your entire mouth with bubbles in the center. Feels more like a stout for the style than most.
Would not guess over 10% abv. For style, it is leading the way for Black IPAs. I have not had SSR in a month or two but from memory Escondidian seems even lighter with more of a bubbly malt sensation to cure any over powering alcohol presence. bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2011
Pours thick and black with a very nice tan head. Smell: dark roasted chocolate malts, coffee, a raw edge hoppiness, pine, grapefruit, cooked vegetables, a touch of vanilla and butterscotch. Taste: like a big impy stout that has been super hopped. Milk chocolate coffee, then the hops take over, pine, grapefruit, mango and nice tabacco note. Mouthfeel is thick and the finish is a nice burnt coffee bitterness and a well rounded fresh blast from a hop cone. Wonderful! micronaut129 (241) - chalfontborotowntonbergville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Pours a dark black color with a super dense foamy cap. Foamy cap lingers for a long while leaving tons of lacing. Aroma is a good balance of bright citrusy hops and sutle roasted malts. Hints of anise at ending. Taste has some powerful flavors like the intensely medicinal and herbal hops. Malts are complex with a well roasted bill with some coffee and dark chocolate to boot. Some alcohol warming also. This beer is quite thick and chewy slick even. Carbonation is just enough. Not a bad beer, takes some getting used to being a pretty powerful ale Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2011
22oz. Bottle. Jet black in color with a persistent tan head that gives it an imperial stout type look. Nose is a nice combination of roast and hops with heavy notes of pine resin and a subtle kick of citrus. The flavor is big and bold with a strong bitterness and some prominent roasted grain. Piney hop flavors are noticeable and set off by notes of coffee grinds. Feels like there is a touch of chocolate malt in the back end. The palate is appreciably slick and oily with a lively carbonation. Finishes with a lingering bitter hop bite accented by a hint of ash. Feels like they succeeded in building a bigger version of the Sublimely Self-Righteous/11 Anniversary, but I can’t say that bigger is always better here. This one is not bad, maybe a little over the top and not as impressive as the double dry hopped Self Righteous. beeratarian (233) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2011
I, as a chef of artisan food can agree whole hearted with this label. I also agree that we need to continue the fight against mass produced crap, and hold our snifter high as we defeat the reign of corporate dominance. For the beer in the bottle, it is awesome. Exactly what is expected from the fifteen years of intelligent brewing. The aroma is of pine, citrus and as it warms some dried fruit and cherry. The color is black as night with a light brown tight head. The first sip is all hops and creamy malt finish. as it warms the true characters come out, as well as the ruination effect of the hops.The final few savoring sips are roasty and lingering bitterness from hops and roasted malts. A little chocolate and prune is evident but the hops pull through. The best Black IPA I have had to date. These guys do not dissapoint. Tasted by a nice fire with some dark chocolate and dank hops relatives, on a clear cleveland night!