doppelmeup (51) - Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA - JUN 27, 2008
Rich, inky black pour with little light shining through. A moderate off-white head with a fair amount of lacing. Looks like black beer.
Aromas of grapefruit, pine. No doubt about it, this is an IPA! Hops are not overpowering, but are blended nicely.
As I drink this, if I close my eyes I swear I’m drinking an IPA, but when I look at the beer, my brain says no way. Very interesting brew. I like it.
A very clean finish. This is a smooth beer. The ABV is very well hidden.
Overall, a very drinkable and unique beer.
awautlet (45) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 27, 2008
Pours a coffee like color with amber hues and a tan head. I’ve never seen an IPA this dark. On the palate there is a malty start but a very complex finish with roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate and a hint of coffee. I never thought I’d be saying chocolate and coffee while describing an IPA... stunning philippem (105) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 Une India Dark Ale explosive où houblons sautillants et choco-moka fondant / fondu viennent se rencontrer pour mieux s’embrasser en bouche. Rôti et agrumes sont également au rendez-vous. Une robe noire qui pourrait faire rougir la plus impérieuse des Stout Impériales! Un autre chef-d’oeuvre de Stone. buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - JUN 26, 2008
Very malty, hoppy black IPA that manages to be aggressive, yet mild and medium bodied at the same time. Poured a black ruby brown from the bottle with a nice tan creamy head. There is some brandy on the nose and a heavy roasted taste. Then the finish kick in and, wow! The finish is incredibly complex, with at least 4 stages of subtle change on the tongue. A tingling sensation followed by some sharp hints of bitterness, then a rollicking wave on the tastebuds that settles into a smooth, refined exit. Truly great. can8ianben (1545) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2008
Hmm. It is true that it is hoppy and dark, but this could have just as easily been labeled as an imperial stout or some kind of imperial porter. Its very dark and very hoppy. Lots of hops in the aroma, and loads of rich malt in the flavor. A big tan fluffy head, notes of charred meat, plums, raisins, and cereal. Confusing as it is, it is also very tasty.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2008
On Tap at Bier Tasting event at Boston’s Bistro & Pub.
Extremely black and extremely odd. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but was glad that I got the chance to sample this beer. Stout + IPA = 11 Anniversary? Roasted malt with nice strong hops. 12many (277) - Alaska, USA - JUN 21, 2008
Interesting. Very dark burgundy/black with a lot of hops in the nose, but then as you drink the malt becomes very apparent. This was very smooth, surprising, and good. nefarious (220) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2008
Murky dark brown pur with a cream colored carbonated fluffy head. Chocolate, fruits and a malty earthy flavor that I dont much care for.....a little odd. Bitter finish mild hops. I’m dissapointed by this I think I may have a had bad bottle cause stone is usually solid. If I get the chance I would like to try it again timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2008
this has mellowed a bit since i sampled it on tap at stone brewing world bistro gardens back in january. the complexity is coming through nicely.
it looks like a porter with a hind of red. lls of dark ripe fruit....lots of character in the nose, a hint of tobbacco maybe licorice.
high acidity, big body, this beer has a delightfully long chewy finish while somehow remaining refreshing even at the high abv.
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2008
UPDATED: APR 2, 2010 Pours black with a tan frothy head. Nose is pine and citrus hops. Taste starts as a hop bomb, but mellows a bit. If I were blindfolded, I would have thought this was an IPA. Everyone who hasn’t had this should be jealous.
Re-rate 4/2/2010: Black pour with some tan head. A bit roasty aroma with strong hop presence. Mostly orange rind. Flavor is roasty and bitter. Again, mostly orange. Some resin. Very hoppy. Diggin it. Bumped it up a bit.