Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Bottle: Very good beer. While this site calls this beer an american stong ale, I would have to agree with Stone and call this an IPA. Pours amber with a big head. Strong aroma and flavor of hops. Alcohol is not well hid (which is ok in my opinion). Very good. cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Pours a dark brown color, almost black, with a sizeable tan head. Aroma is nice pine needle. Taste is different than the smell lets on. Sure, the hops are present, but there is a bit of a roasty background as well. The roasted background compliments the hoppy foreground nicely. Makes for an easy drinking, enjoyable beer. axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Poured dark cola brown with a decent beige head. The aroma is mostly evergreens with some grapefruit and oranges also present. Flavor starts off with the same big hops as the aroma. After the hops begin to mellow the flavors became a bit more roasty with kind off a cedar finish. pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2007
(Long lost rating. Bottle consumed circa late summer 2007.)
Dark dark brown to black with a thin tan head. Slightly piney mostly socky hops. Roasty, a little bit of floral hops. Really smells a bit infected or skunky. Bad bottle, or bad beer? Thick and a bit chewy with low carbonation. Bittet with some diacetyl. A bit creamy. Piney infection? A big roast complements the hops. A bit sweet. Nothing really says IPA here, lingering piny flavor. I have to imagine this bottle is infected. I’ll rerate this next time I try it. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2008 bottle.....pours a really dark brown with a thin light brown head.....aromas of a multitude of hops with the emphasis on the citrus aspect between them all. just a big aroma overall which is very inviting......to move onto the taste, hmmmmm and i i’m thinking that i like this a lot. more of the tropical fruit like hops with a little bitterness in the finish. there’s a nice caramel malt component that doesn’t play the prominent role but supports the initial pine hop blast accordingly.
Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2007
Aromatic. Darker than expected. Totally opaque, almost black. Small but good head for this beer. Good balance of roasty malt & bright hop. Punchy. Oakes (17685) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2007
Murky dark brown. Smells like a good Black Toque. All toasty and leafy, then dark & chewy. Big anise finish. What I like about this is the size and sweetness of the body, it really provides a solid backdrop for the leafy hops. fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2007
22 oz bottle. Darkest IPA I have ever seen. Nice color and head. Aromas of citrus and grass. Fruity hopps on the flavor as well. Nice malty backbone to give it that juiciness. Very good. BeNobleDark (62) - Allendale, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2007
A fantastic black IPA. Subtly roasted, chocolate notes that become more pungent as the brew warms. Full of hoppy, malty, complex dark notes that will leave your palate wanting more. asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a nice tan head on top. This beer pours more like a porter or stout! Aroma is full of pine, citrus, and grapefruit. Flavor is full of pine and grapefruit hops. Very balanced flavor profile with a nice bitterness accompanied with a nice sweetness. A very interesting beer and another good one to celebrate another year with Stone Brewing Co!