beisen (90) - California, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Pours almost pitch black with a short tan head. A little reddish tint if you hold it to the light. I expected it to be more IPA than it is, because of the cryptic words on the label. The color threw that out the window, plus the roasted maltiness and the coffee tones. Of course, Stone wouldn’t be complete without strong hops, and they win the day in the end. Nice and complex. It strikes a balance between a porter and an IPA. mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2007
22oz bottle. Pours black, very nice tan foam that has great retention and lacing. Huge piney aroma, I get the simcoe and the chinook, there’s also a slight medicinal character hidden just under the hops. Flavor starts off all about the hops, and great hop they are but quickly fades into a more of the strange medicinal flavor and a long lasting and annoying bitterness. Started off so good and finished so weak. Any by the way, WTF is a BLACK india PALE ale? TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 13, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2009 Pours dark reddish brown with a fully receding tan head. Aroma of fresh hops, notes of citrus, mango, pine, toffee and tropical fruits. Taste is resinous and hoppy, with notes of grapefruit, mango, and dark toffee. Mouthfeel full bodied, resinous with lively carbonation. Despite the dark color, the hops are very dominant in this beer. LinusStick (3461) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2007
An outstanding concept...a black IPA. Aroma of mostly citrus hops with a little must. Pour was a beautiful deep dark murky brown with a two finger tan (yes tan) head. Taste was deep and musty with mostly citrus hops in the front. Under the tongue this is a wierd coffee/roast thing going on up to the swallow. Then a combination of both in the aftertaste. Slight alcohol burn in the throat also. As the commercial description says, neither overwhelms the other, but the hops definately win the war. lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 13, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2010 Pours deep brown-black, almost like a porter, with medium-thick frothy tan head. Great complex hop nose, with notes of citrus, floral, and pine hops shining through complimented by sweet roasty molasses malts. Flavor is also extremely complex, with a good amount of hop bitterness offset with chocolate, brown-sugar, and dark fruit malts that really seem to warm up the flavor, finishing with a massive hop bite. Palate is both full and dry, making for an outstanding beer.
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 13, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2009 Pours opaque chocolate brown with frothy oatmeal colored head that diminishes to nice lacing. Nose of some hops, but stronger malt. Flavor is smooth malt and a decent hop profile with a slight alcohol burn, with a sweet dried fruit finish with a touch of caramel. Very nice beer. FLP62 (6) - USA - OCT 13, 2007 does not count
Nice texture for an IPA. Dark malts do a decent job of masking the alcohol astringency, but the two combined with the heavy hops and uneven citrus notes results in a somewhat harsh finish. Expect it to mellow some in time, but not there yet. tjthresh (1873) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2007
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 13, 2007
22 ounce bottle provided by mreusch
I have come to find the the blend of Simcoe and Amarillo smells a lot like Juicy Fruit gum. I love that smell. Blend that with some roasty notes and we have this beer. Smells great.
3 tones are shown here. Black on top, brown in the middle and dark red at the bottom. It occurs to me that this is becase I’m using a white wine glass (smart). No head which is a let down.
Sort of a coffee and cream flavor with a with a big bitterness. You can tell that the bitterness is from the roasted grain and hops. Nice.
Med body with a dry finish.
I think this is another top hotch hoppy beer from our friends at Stone.
22 oz. bottle, from Whole Foods, LaJolla. Pours dark brown and opaque, with brick red highlights, and a huge fluffy off white head that leaves nice lace. Aroma is roasty, but dominated by citrus, pine and spruce hops with a little dust and blackberry. Charred roasty malts and unsweetened chocolate bitterness in the flavor, but again dominated by the aggressive hop profile, juicy grapefruit and pine hops leaving a bitter upon bitter character that’s enjoyable to this hophead, yet somewhat one dimensional. Medium body and crispy carbonation round out this hop monster. Not bad now, and will certainly change with age - I’m looking forward to tasting it as it mellows and evens out. nimbleprop (8382) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 12, 2007
American strong ale? Looks more like a porter to me. Pours from the bomber with a thin white head that quickly fades and a opaque black body with burgundy translucent edges. Aroma caught me a bit off guard, roasted malt is there, not as much hop aroma as I’d expect, but also an aroma of Belgian-esque candy which I did not expect from an American Strong out of Stone. Taste was heavy, multidimensional hops. Lemon, grapefruit, fresh grass, pine, sour orange. Hop flavors are mellowed by the sweetness of the roasted sugary malt. Finish is lasting hope bitterness and a little heat on the tongue. As the beer warms a bit there is also an aroma and flavor of mint that is refreshing. All in all, this is a good beer, unlike anything you drink on a regular basis. I applaud Stone for aggressively hopping a darked beer.