mambossa (338) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2016
A dense, unwavering dark pour that holds up a brightly sandy head. Beautiful. Notes of roasted coffee and chocolate waft from a distance. A closer nose reveals the amazing tropical citrus, mango, papaya, and floral lemon. The flavor starts round and robustly dark, medium plus body, chocolate and light roast coffee, all surrendering to a floral, lemon, tangerine and lifted pine. The floral, rindy, and dark chocolate linger echo beyond the sip. I’ve had this one fresh, and I’ve had this one not-so-fresh. Both have been great. bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 3, 2007
A whispering hoppy, floral aroma with a little bit of the alcohol content coming through as well. Color is deep dark with a little bit of light creeping through when you hold it up. A thick-as-hell rocky head sits on top and refuses to subside. Flavor is floral hops, making theirselves well known, but its not to overpowering. Balances out nicely with the malt. Man, i love this dark malt and floral hop balance. Roast flavors are somewhat found, and so is the citrus if you dig deep enough. What else can i say? Its dark, floral, and roasty. Unique is an understatement. Once again, Stone impresses! FishManLA (337) - Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Black color with a thick dark tan head and plenty of lacing. Coffee and floral nose. Rich taste with notes or coffee, chocolate, caramel, wood and pine. Spicy, almost salty finish. Stevesie (336) - - FEB 17, 2013
From bottle. Thanks to my brother-in-law for sharing. Pours almost black with a slight red hue. Small tan head that is almost completely dissipating. No lacing. Nose is piney with some nice roasted malt. Bitter, with a rye taste and moderate body. Cleaner and smoother than most Black IPAs I’ve had. Astringent, lingering finish and well-hidden 8.7%. Head of the class for BIPAs as far as I’m concerned. OPIE788 (336) - Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Draft. Black with an off white head. I get floral hop with a tiny bit of dark fruit. Loads of dark hop flavor. Dark as in not the bright hop flavors you usually get. Damn good.
1more4dessert (336) - Upstate, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2008
thin body is only demerit, burnt ochre color with tan foam an lace lingering head, definately get the roasty barley and super high alphas - like a suped up Hop Rod Rye or DFH Indian brown - 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? BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
Earthy, mulch-like complexity. Cranberry bitterness headlocks the tongue. Color is a sensational oak brown. Smell is of molasses. This brew is reminiscent of Stone’s Arrogant Bastard, but more peppery. There are only about 100 solid flavors going on in this black IPA. You’ll need an archeological crew to unearth them all. This stuff is magic with a fleshy slice of German chocolate cake. scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2007
This beer definately isn’t for the faint of heart, although I can’t think of many Stone brews that are. Definately one of a kind. Worth the try. wingman333 (333) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2010
Nice inky black but whitish head. Citrus aroma, with imperial ipa flavor - grapefruit, bitters, burnt wood, spice. This has that trademark Stone flavor, very full and bitter, powered by what I think are the Cascade hops. Quite good, but not that much different from Arrogant Bastard.