tomaroth (31) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2008
Not as good as I expected. I have 5 more bottles so I am going to age it and see if it improves. Too much spice and corriander. tunneler (131) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Was quite sad about this one after reading some glowing reviews here and having it within a few days of a Hop Rod Rye. it’s just didn’t gel - too much bitter hop action overtop the mild body Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JAN 19, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2008 Big, juicy, spicey, hop nose. Just gorgeous punching through the frothy khaki head. Classic porter color, even though the dress does not bely the perfume. The hop nose twines around the developed malt and hop rythym of the first sip. I love a duet. Comforting malt richness is quickly checked by a welcomed hop presence in the form of citrus rind and fresh coffee. Well balanced all the way through. Finishes with a bright balance of hop oil and roasty malt. Weird beer??? I’ll buy it. Hopefully this won’t be the last bottle I entertain. Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Looks heavier then it actually is. Brown, dark brown body with mild sized head. IIPA nose of citrus, pine with some out of character fruits mixing in. Very tasty, bringing out some roasted malts to tag along with the strong IPAness. Prefer their earlier anniv editions, but this was definitly a good outing as well. badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2008
black body..smell like their arrogant bastard, double bastard, oaked arrogant, and every other beer they brew...nice floral/piney flavor with subtle hints of bread, toast, nuts, and cloves..very resinous...maybe some chocolate in there too...nicely laced
JorisPPattyn (10003) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JAN 19, 2008
Dirty greige, fine-bubbled and dense head over near black beer with granat highlights. Hoppy, concentrated USA hops nose, with a typical maltsyrup, cake, raisins backing. Soft light bitterish taste with a very extensive malts underbuild. Hopflavours abound, but never superimpose. A well-baked prunecake with a hopgift. Very finely, expressively Champenoise pearling, alightening a near syrupy/full-bodied beer. Typical Stone. But in the best way imaginable - great. Thanks, Carl. mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2010 [1020-20070131] 1pt6floz (w/ jerc; Bottled Sep-07). Sweet pineapple hops aroma has a bit of grassy leaf. Dark dark brown red body wih a long-lasting creamy tan head. Sweet roasted pineapple flavour has earthy grass notes. Medium body is bitter throughout. Nice hoppy beverage. (9/4/8/4/17) 4.2
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - JAN 19, 2008
[2946B-20100625] Tap. Super hoppy roast aroma with citrus notes. Black body with a medium-lasting creamy light mocha head with pretty lacing. Roasted hop flowers flavour has bitter citrus hops and a long dry roasted aftertaste. Full bitter body. Tasty! (8/4/8/4/16) 4.0
Overheard: "We’re in the land of hops." -- of the Northwestern States
(@ Bailey Taproom, Portland, OR)
22oz. bottle, courtesy of hellbilly. Fairly mild and unusual aroma, featuring notes of dark toffee and roasty, sweet malts, even some faint cocoa, along with juicy, fresh pineapple, orange, raspberry and doughy black bread. Deep, dark brown in color with mahogany highlights and a fine, thin, subsiding head. Flavor profile reflects a far greater amount of hops than indicated by the nose, with a lasting, pronounced bitterness and citric character, combining with the darkly toasted, sugary malts, finishing with a light amount of raisin and chocolate to go along with the persistent, earthy hop presence and slight peppery alcohol that creeps in late. Semi-dry, prickly and well-carbonated on the palate with a full body. Certainly good, if not entirely avoiding the sort of "trainwreck" nature one might imagine a Black Double IPA to have. garretjax (103) - Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Blacker than black ale. Thin off-white head. Floral hop aroma and a slight hint of roast. Full bodied and great mouth feel. Not a thick as it looks, but don’t be decieved by that. It’s rich also. Nice and unique!
1/18/08: opened and enjoyed. Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2008
In short: One of the best (if not THE best) India Dark Ale.
How: 22oz bomber, 3 months old. Thanks to dmac621. A HUGE MEGA thanks for this one.
The look: Dark burgundy body with a rather big tan head
In long: Superb nose of citrus, dark fruits, pine-tree and roastiness. This is a tasty beer. As roasted as it is fruity. Dates, blueberries, dark grapes and sweet jam on top of a chocolate cake with everything swimming in citrus juice and a lot of molasses. Then comes the complex hops profile that is grapefruit, citrus, pine-tree, floral and grassy. Round and flavourful bitterness of medium intensity. Tasty but never aggressive. More roastiness develops as the beer warms up. Creamy body and smooth carbonation. Perfectly balanced. Very light alcohol presence. I’m very much into that new India Dark Ale trend and this one is my favourite so far. The traditional world of IPA used to be dominated by paler ales so this beer appears like the Tiger Woods in the mostly-white PGA. And judging by its quality its only a matter of time before the IPA world goes all NFL on us.