tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2007
I’ve had this beer twice. The second time was much better than the first, so I’m glad I resampled at a recent homebrew club meeting. My first impression was that it’s not even remotely related to an IPA; my second taste provided the IPA style I longed for in the first round. Just think IPA with dark, roasty malts added! TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Pours a deep brown that looks impresively dark in the glass, but the flavor is much closer to a typical IPA. Bright citrus hops are balanced out with some mildly sweet malty tones. Quality stuff. barleyPops (1183) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2007
Thanks to Styles for the 22 ounce bottle. This one pours a deep brown mahogany color with a reddish-ruby edge when held up to the light. Sitting atop the body is a beige head of creamy foam, lasting quite a while and settling down to oily lace which lasts to the bottom of the glass. The nose is earthy at the onset, but upon further inspection pine resin and grapefruit hop aromas waft upward from the glass. After allowing the much anticipated elixir to settle quietly in the glass, the first sampling reveals a multitude of flavors. Up front the rich and earthy characteristics from the base malts dominate with flavors of dark roast, bittersweet chocolate and some espresso. In the middle, the flavors become a bit muddled as caramel sweetness, peppery spices and hop bitterness compete for attention. As the flavors begin to fade, a warming alcoholic presence is noted. Rounding out the taste sensation is a creamy smooth, almost oily mouth-feel with mild carbonation. Of the black IPA’s I’ve had the pleasure of trying in the past six months, the Hoppin’ Frog Bodacious Black and Tan stands out as the best so far. I’ve really come to enjoy American Strong ales, unfortunately this one just didn’t do it for me. beerbill (3618) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2007
22 oz. bottle. Pours a very dark brown with an uneven frothy tan head that left light lacing on the glass and lasted until just beyond midway. Pleasant aroma of malt, caramel, brwon sugar and citrus. The flavor was very nice with caramel and malt up front with a nice hoppy citrus finish. Solid bitterness at the swallow but by no means excessive. Very nicely balanced despite the strong flavors. Another very good offering from the folks at Stone. patty26 (95) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2007
This is bizarre. Pours a dark brown-black with a fizzy head. When I cracked the bottle I took a whiff and got blasted by the hops. This beer has a very citrusy/hoppy aroma. Very little in the way of malt. The taste is very hoppy and fruity; mainly orange and grapefruit. A good beer but Ruination puts this offering to shame.
wetherel (1893) - Cupertino, California, USA - NOV 15, 2007
Pours red-brown-black with small bubble head. Kind of weird to drink an IPA that is black in color, and makes me want to drink it blindfolded. Nice hoppy aroma. Very, very grapefruit hops. A little too much grapefruit. Very peppery as well. Not the best combination of hops. Many hops in the boild, with high hop bitterness and medium hop aroma. beerczar69 (39) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2007
Great tasting beer.Had on draft.Pours dark brown almost black and what a rich smooth taste.Cannot taste the alcohol at all.One of the best. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 14, 2007
UPDATED: APR 26, 2009 Bottle from Wine and Beer Westpark on 04/26/2009. Dark black body with ruby highlights and a medium creamy tan head. Citrus and piney hop aroma with some chocolate. Citrus and floral hop flavor, some chocolate and a touch of roast with a lingering bitterness. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 8/5/8/4/17 - 4.2
On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 08/30/2008. Dark black body with a small creamy tan head. Big citrus and floral hop aroma with a caramel background. Citrus and floral hop flavor wtih some roast and caramel. Medium full body with moderate carbonation and a smooth bitter finish. 8/4/8/3/16 - 3.9
On cask at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens on 08/03/2008 on day three of RBSG 2008 with wet Simcoe hops. Deep amber body with a small light brown head. Big sumcoe aroma with some light caramel. Simcoe and faint caramel flavor with a long lasting sweet citrus bitter flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 9/4/9/4/18 - 4.4
Bottle on 11/14/2007: Dark black body with a medium creamy tan head. Huge amarillo hop aroma. Sweet caramel flavor with some citrus and floral hops. Medium mouthfeel, medium low carbonation, and a huge hop finish. 8/5/9/4/17 - 4.3 alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2007
Pours mahogany with ample tan head. Aroma is roast, apples, some spice with hints of alcohol. Flavor is a nice balanced strong flavor. Citrus hops, some oak, roastiness, more apples and plum. Nice hop and roast flavor on the finish. This is really drinkable. The alcohol lends minimal heat - but be careful - it’s there alright! Good stuff! GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 14, 2007
What an excellent beer. I had really suprised my brother with this beer, as it looks like a porter and smells like an IPA. What a gift Stone has brewed for us. Huge aroma of fresh hops, with just a touch of light roast. Appearance is dark brown (nearly black) with a touch of red on the edges and a nice frothy light tan head with the usual Stone staying power. Flavor is big oily hops, citrusy bitterness with enough sweetness to keep it properly balanced. You won’t have to twist my arm to drink the remaining bottles I have.