JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Ok, here we go Stone, it’s Friday evening, settling in for the weekend, let’s make it a good night. Crack the cap off and pour into a trappist glass, a deep deep dark reddish (only visible when held to light) color with a tan full head. This beer looks simply beautiful. The nose has raisins initially, then transitions into a floral experience. The flavor is awesome, sweet toffee malts and floral hops. The head is buttery on the lips with an aftertaste and breath of slight refreshing stings of alcohol. This is fantastic, a definite BUY! whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Muddy-brown body with a velvety tan head. Burnt caramel, raisins, flowery chocolate malt and spicy hops. Flavor melds into a nice toffee character. Great use of debittered dark malts. Bastardly hoppy bitter finish. Well-conceived and well-executed. Pays homage to Stone 6th.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Bottle from the First Houston Tastingxnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Pours dark like a stout but it’s more reminiscent of an IPA... weird. Aroma is corn hops with a slight Isopryl Alcohol tinge... strange, but it works. Flavor is hops-infused molasses. Average mouthfeel. Nice and unexpected.
Bomber from Siciliano’s in Grand Rapids, MI. Dark brown almost opaque black color with huge light brown/beige head. Aroma is still very strong pine hops (thanks Drew!), some citrus as well but pretty much all hops. Oh man, this is what an american IIPA should taste like, big pine, citrus hops and only slight dark malt/ roasted malt and dough. Medium to full body with nice creaminess and big carbonation. Wow what a great beer, thank you Stone for putting out beers that stay so good so long. hoooraybeer (53) - Westfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2007
This is the most amazing aroma I’ve ever gotten off a beer. I’m cheating by doing the rating 2 months after I had it. But I couldn’t forget the aroma because it was like putting two handfuls of fresh hops in your face. Coming off of a stout. It is amazingly well crafted. Take a great stout and IPA and slam them together. I wanted to cellar this because the flavors could use a little blending. Alcohol is very well masked.
SpringsLicker (3685) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Pours a dark brown showing some ruby at the edges, with a huge, light brown head that stays around awhile.
Roasty aroma supported by some citrus hops.
Lightly sweet flavor profile with a moderate amount of bitterness. Nice touches of smooth roasted malt without venturing fully into Porter territory or without forgetting it’s IPA roots.
A nice one. eyesandsmiles (179) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 28, 2007
An absolutely spectacular black ipa. Perfectly meshes the tastes of a German dark with those of a high quality double ipa. Astonishly smooth, tons of flavor. Smells wonderful. Stones best ever (imo) NeroWolfe (13) - USA - NOV 27, 2007
22 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with generous brown head. Strong fruity aroma. Taste to match, strong enough to be satisfying, but not overpowering. Quite a bit of lace. Stone rarely disappoints. mds (2256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2007 Bottle. Very dark brown almost black body with a large rocky brownish-white head. Smells awesome - hop resin, caramel sugar, toasty cookies, tonnes of orange citrus.
Alcohol flavour is in full force, really bitter and there is pine left on the lips. Lots of malt backbone in a caramel toffee-like fashion. I really enjoyed this stuff - it’s really powerful but very drinkable and the hops are just great. grandridge (228) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Great brew, pours black with little head that disapears rapidly into a lacy ring. Has smoky roasted malts for the flavor and hints of chocolate. Alcohol is well hidden and balanced with the deep flavor of this dark beast.