Padron4KM (810) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2011
22 oz bomber.joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 30, 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.
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. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Picked this up at Rickís in Alexandria. Served in a Stone IRS tulip.
Pours black with a large, creamy tan head that lasts for a long time before falling into a thin cap with excellent lacing.
The nose brings forward plenty of chocolate and roast, backed up with some earthy hops and pine resin. A bit of booze in the nose, which becomes more prevalent in the flavor. Hops are fairly light compared to the malt, though neither is particularly heavy. Moderate-to-strong bitterness with average carbonation. Medium body. Decent enough, but not what I expected given the rave reviews. sailracer (486) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 23, 2011
On tap. Had a thick mocha head that lingered for quite awhile. Aroma was of roasted malt. Initial taste was heavy with malt sweetness balanced by the bitterness from the hops. I didnít taste the high alcohol in this one. This was my first black IPA so I donít know how it compares to others, but it reminded me a lot of impreial stouts. demitriustown (1191) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Bomber: Aroma has got a big hop presence, piney, grapefruit, light to minimal malt scent. Appearance is an almost porter like deep dark black with a tan head that lingers. Taste has got a nice hop characteristic, some alcohol sting going down the throat, and light chocolate malt note. (Very light) Palate is carbonated on the lips, and the aftertaste of lingering hops. Overall, Average. Cheers!
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Bottle from my mommy. Dark pour with a brown head. Aroma is mostly pine with a little fruit and roast. Taste is lots of roast, bitter, pine, and a citrus/coffee finish. Finish is somehow enjoyable, yet confusing. mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2011
[3891-20110819] Tap. Mild celery grain aroma. Dark brown black body with a quick foamy off-white head. Toasted grainy flavour has a lingering burnt note. Medium-full body. Tasty. (7/3/7/3/13) 3.3
Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2011
(@ Coleís, Buffalo, NY)
Bottle. Deep opaque brown-black body, medium light brown head with obscene lacing. Nose of charred, piny hops and dark chocolate. Bitter, pungent body, with big alcohol notes bordering on Band-aids, charcoal, and soy, also some sweet plummy dark fruit notes that attempt to ease the brutality of the hops. Oily and leathery. Coarse, aggressive, and difficult to enjoy. changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Black color with a thick tan head on top. Good retention yields some relatively heavy lacing. The aroma is roasty with toasted caramel and grains and a lot of pine hops. Light notes of tree bark, licorice, wet leaves mix in but this is definitely all about the hops. This is bitter but perhaps not quite as sharp as expected. The flavor adds some burnt ashy notes with a lot of pine hops, toasted caramel and bitter unsweetened chocolate. Thereís a lot of heft to this, right from the get go, so itís not the easiest beer to consume. Then again, Iím not really into the Black IPAs. Overall Stone does what they do best in providing tons of hops in a big beer but this one didnít quite do it for me. DenverLogan (1211) - LA, California, USA - DEC 18, 2016
Poured from a 22oz into a tulip glass. Pours near black with brown head and lace. Aroma of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, straw, herbs. Significant carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of dark roasted malts, burnt caramel, bitter herbs, straw hops, grains, bitter chocolate. Overall big, bold, bitter and sweet with a dry bitting finish.