Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Very dark mahogany with a brown head. Piney nose with a backing of caramel and a touch of roasted malts. Bitterness comes out in the flavors along with similar malts. It is a little more malty there. Mouthfeel is a bit thick and chewy. Finishes off with a healthy dose of pine. drfabulous (7818) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Rich. Creamy. Dark. A wonderful strong ale. I had to go back to Michigan to get this one. Stone, again, pleases me. 37steel (186) - St. Charles, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2007
22 oz bottle. One of the most interesting beers I’ve had. You expect one thing and get something COMPLETELY different. Pours dark brown/black with a full tan head. Aroma is very hoppy (piney and fruity). Sharp hop bite at the start (grapefruits). Small chocolate in the middle and a long bitter finish. I have another bottle and am interested to see what it’s like in a year or so. IndianaRed (4546) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Bottle Pours a porter looking dark broen, nearly black but not opaque. Nice large light than head. Big piney hop aroma, stong and in your face. A little of the slightly roasted malts but not enough to throw it off from the IPA that it is. Flavor was very bitter, and the malts were influenced by the roasted componant. Moderate palate, and carbonation. dark and a bit woody, but still a big IPA. At nearly %9 I would not have guessed so high. Great all around. cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Got a bomber of this "Black IPA" as soon as it hit the shelf at the local store. Man this beer looks intense, almost intimidating. Rich dark opaque brown pour, practically black with a huge frothy tan head and killer lacing. Looks like a stout. Dominant hop aroma, familiar to Stone’s brews and very welcoming. Citrus fruits and fresh bitter pine. Aroma is somewhat one dimensional centered around the hops, and it’s an eye opener. Thick mouth feel due to a really malty body. Extremely bitter and chewy, I love it. The bitterness does get overpowering at times. At first the taste buds are subjected to fresh floral and bittering hops. I’m curious as the the IBU count of this beer. After the initial hop burst a slinky and complex malt bill shakes things up. Heavy and slick the malts seem to take charge. Nice blend of roasted malt with burnt molasses and a nutty earthiness. Bitter...yes, hoppy...very much so, complex....absolutely. I give this beauty a hearty round of applause.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Bottle: Pours a dark brown/amber with a massive, almost pillow-like cream head. Dark roasted malt pretty much dominates the nose with some citrus, black cherry and raisin notes. As it warms the floral and piney hops make their way into the equation. Fine lacing. Big dark fruit and malt flavor with a perfectly balanced resin hop finish. Very smooth overall. This is a very interesting brew that actually exudes a complexity I wasn’t expecting. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2007
#400. This brew sports a menacing, totally opaque, solid black body with a small, frothy, light tan head. Minimal lacing shows in the form of randomly placed snake-like lines of foam. Holy pine resin, Batman! This thing isn’t even close to balanced, and I love it. Intense piney and citrus hops flood the nose from a full arm length away. Hops dominate this one so much, its difficult to decipher other scents. The flavor is explosively hoppy, with pine resin and grapefruit providing ample bitter goodness. Burnt caramel malts and toasty cereal grains try to make themselves known, but there’s no mistaking the fact that they play second fiddle for this hop monster. Substantial body with a smooth, yet lively mouthfeel. Awesome brew! An instant classic! ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Thanks to hellbilly and pudditane for the bottles! I really liked this unique IPA. Hoppy aroma. citrus and roasted malts up front, finish’s with a pleasant hoppy grapefruit flavor! hellomynameis (876) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Lots o hops in the aroma, but not like an IPA. Lots of up front hops and bitterness, pretty one sided and not very interesting. Still good though. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Poured a clear deep brown with ruby highlights and an off-white head. Strong piney hop aroma over a lightly sweet roasted malt. Big hop forward piney flavor with roasty malt poking through. Moderate to large bitter finish, nice warmth and a medium body.