nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Very dark espresso with brown head. Pine and citrus in nose, but, what’s this?...Bacon? Garlic? Yeah....pretty sure this isn’t supposed to be a rauch black IPA... Medium body, good carbonation. I’m not really sure what defect could lead to these flavors, but I don’t like it. drain pour. 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. jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2011
22oz bottle. Pour is viscous and completely opaque; nice thick and frothy brown head. Aroma is hop-first, pine and subtle citrus, eventually the malt flavors make their way through with mocha and some burnt notes. Flavor is predominately sweet with roasted malt, chocolate, but with lots of resinous hops to offset. Very sticky with a slight lingering bitterness. Alcohol taste is all but absent but its presence is certainly felt. BigSound (196) - New York, USA - MAR 20, 2012
From notes. Pours dark and thick, strait up black with two fingers of light mocha head that hangs around for about 3 minutes and leaves great lacing.
Nose hits me with fruit, pineapple, chocolate, and a little coffee.
First sip I am hit by alcohol, I get some dark fruit, lots of coffee, chocolate, and a slightly hoppy finish.
Mouthfeel is really smooth, a little more alcohol presents than id expect from a 10.8% ABV brew, medium carbonation, it has a pretty big body, the head was super frothy and one of my favorite parts of the brew, it reminded me of something served on nitro-tap. Keg_Juggler (193) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Bomber poured into pint glass...jet black color with magnificent billowy cream head, relentless attack of resin, floral and citrus hops which overwhelms the chocolate, caramel and coffee and malt profile, alcohol well hidden, a hop bomb for sure and a beautiful one at that
gvmdw7 (188) - California, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Poured exactly like a stout; black like coffee and a brown creamy head. Smells piney and has a few hints of chocolate. Tastes exceptionally well balanced. The hops aren’t overpowering and you can taste the black patent malt. It has more body than most black ipa’s and it’s one of my favorites already tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 15, 2011
This was nice. Looked like a stout, felt like a stout, and had some nice stout-type notes. Overall, the hops were just too much for me in the end. I almost really enjoyed an IPA. Almost. horto008 (186) - Alabama, USA - JUL 29, 2012
On draft in Las Vegas. Terrific stuff that tastes much like a more typical IPA than its color would make you think. Think regular IPA with more smokey, leathery overtones. I felt the alcohol was up front and detracted from it overall. BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2011
A dense black brown pour with a thick brown creamy head. Wonderful aroma! Strong hop nose of citrus and pine layered upon earthy and chocolate hints from the malt. Flavor of chocolate and coffee with a faint hint of grapefruit. Sharp lasting bitterness at the finish. Thick viscous mouthfeel with a nice creamy carbonation underneath. Outstanding beer! Blending styles like this often comes off poorly but the brewers at Stone are obvious masters. Very well done! muteprint (176) - Olympia, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2011
22 oz bottle in a frosty glass. Holy cow this is a strong beer. The immediate stand out flavors are coffee and chocolate with a strong bitter punch. Aroma is dominated by malt. Appearance is thick and syrupy black with a dark brown glass lacing head. Mouth feel is as it looks: very thick. Excellent beer.