MaliMisho (215) - East Meadow, New York, USA - APR 22, 2008
It was black with tan fluffy head, and had a strong aroma. It had a fruity chocolate taste that reminded me of liquorice. yngwie (17049) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 21, 2008
Bottle, 22oz, thx to thewolf. It pours a clear, dark brown body with a dense beige head on top. It has a lovely aroma with chocolate, coffee, sweetness and dried fruiots, as well as a lovely hop profile with pine, resin and citrus, mostly orange. Chocolate and coffee flavor, rather burnt, with fruity hop flavors, citrus notes, pine and resin. Full, rather dry mouthfeel, and a long, piney and resiny finish with citrus. This is one of those lovely beers with layers and layers of aroma and flavor. The aroma being the best of those though. Nice. (080301) rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - APR 20, 2008
Poured from 22oz bomber a clear brown-black with a good sized tan head. Nose is a rush of citrus and pine floral hops with a smidgen of toasted bread. The flavor is mostly IPAish with the dominate notes being floral hops, gratefruit, pine resin and some hay. You are also confronted with malty caramel and a small amount of brown sugar and roast coffee or soy. A very different type of black beer. Good drinking with a lingering bitterness on the tongue. DuffMan (10423) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 19, 2008
This was enjoyed back-to-back with Double Bastard. Beautiful dark brown, silky looking pour with a big tan head. Hop power dominates the aroma, but there is a dried berry element in the aroma too. Massive hop attack is soothed by the rich dark malt profile, with a terrific figgy fruit softness that makes this pure joy to drink. Fantastic! dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - APR 19, 2008
Stone does another winner. Very interesting beer, because it is stout black, with a comparable head. Big, frothy and tan. Smell is reminiscent of Arrogant Bastard, but with the roasted overtones of the dark malt. Flavor is hops obviously (Stone’s specialty)- but with a rich chocolate malt background that is missing in the bastard series, or ruination series. Bottle was 8 months old when I had it, and I guess it would age well, as that is the suggestion. I’m not sure I would consider this an aging beer (of course, I never keep any around long enough to officially call them "cellared"). I will absolutely make another trip to pick up some more of these. Beers like this (both in quality and style) are not easy to find.
mcox90 (2088) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - APR 18, 2008
22 oz bomber. Pours a deep brown with red highlights. 1/2" off white head and lacing you’d have to chisel off. Nose is citrus and pine. Moderate mouthfeel. Taste is dominated by hops with dark fruit flavors. Every sip is bitter, but pleasent with a malty background. hapjydeuce (1001) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 18, 2008
Bottled, sampled after a long night of heavy beers on my birthday. A unique black IPA. Still plenty of carbonation and foamy white head with 7 months on it. Transparent, deep brown edges, with a black center. Aroma is dominated by citric and piny Simcoe, with a medium roast malt base. The flavor is a slap of bitterness across the face, with a smoky porter tone underneath that seems to be like a weak porter. Crisp and an easy sipper, like Pizza Port’s Black Lie IPA, but toned down. ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 18, 2008
Bottled at Akkurat, Stockholm. Pours out in a clear reddish brown colour with a rich fluffy off-white foam. Very hoppy aroma of pine-needles and lemon-zest with undertones of toasted malts, caramelized nuts and licorice. medium to full-bodied with notes of pine-needles, wet grass and grapefruit-peels with dense malty undertones of roasted nuts, toasted malts, sweet coffee and licorice. Long hop-bitter finish of pine-needles and grapefruit with undertones of cedar-wood and sweet black coffee. MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Irishboy, thanks Richard! Pours deep, deep brown letting some light in around the edges. The head is toffee coloured, frothy, and I like how long it lasted in my Stone IPA glass. This beer shows aromas of fresh hop flowers, coffee beans, vanilla, grapefruit, and some smokey, dark chocolate. The flavour profile is uniquely Stone’s. There’s a hop/grapefruit/citrus component leading into a porter like dark chocolate/coffee middle. It is also quite roasty with just a small amount of toffee sweetness towards the end. The finish is chalky, astringent, dry. Coffee bean, hoppy lingering aftertaste with an espresso bitterness. Quite a treat. Thanks for sending this my way Richard! alobar (3778) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a tan head and hops to the nose. Very complex balance of hops and citrus with some malts. Never seen an IPA this color. Would love to have another one!