beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 9, 2009
So happy they made the 11th stick around! Pours a dark black with about an inch of head fading away slowly but leaving some nice lacing on the glass with the first few sips. Medium bodied beer. On the aroma I am getting hops, some of that west coast citrus, get those dark roasted malts hiding in there a bit as well. I like what they were going for here and the other black IPAs or beers that are calling themselves this pale in comparison to me. Stone has set the benchmark here. tedovertu (300) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Very dry hoppy mouth feel. Small tan head with a fair amount of lacing. Leaves bitter after taste. Guess this is not my favorite. Has a great aroma but the finish is very bitter and has some alcohol burn. radioseer (299) - Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2010
(22 ounce bomber - shaker glass) Pours a opaque black color with tan head that dissapates to less than a half finger length. The smell of this beer knocked me on my ass! Very hoppy aroma, consists of citrus, resin and floral hops. But also has notes of chocolate, espresso coffee and even dark fruits such as figs, dates, raisin and licorice. Taste is of a pleastant heavy bitterness and has a light sweetness. Soft carbonation, full body and great bitter finish. BrianHagmeier (299) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Smells exactly like it’s name suggests it would. As well, it taste exactly as it’s name suggests. Plus, good. Not great but damn good. It’s full of the bitter and chocolate and coffee and with piney and citrus and blah blah ba frackin’ blah. It’s a real good black IPA. I’d recommend it. BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - JAN 2, 2010
What a smooth enjoyable black IPA. Kind of a hoppier version of Arrogant Bastard - delightful. I could enjoy this one over and over. Someone else described the pour as "cola", which is right on the mark. Taste is a nice rich malt blend with great hoppiness. Too bad I can’t get this locally. Thanks to Updebrew for this one...
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - APR 23, 2010
My first thought after tasting this is we have a new blend here.. IPP... India Pale Porter. Dark with a light brown head, with a sweet aroma that is followed by a surprisingly bitter hopppy flavor. I’m not a big fan of the IPA bitter hoppiness, but if you like it, you’ll love this. EDIT - As I’ve let this sit and warm to the glass, the bitterness has lessened, and this is pleasingly easy to drink. Still the hoppy aftertaste, but this is quite a complex beer to enjoy. For that I give it a couple extra points. clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2009 Bottle, Deep brown with off-white/tannish head. very roasty flavor, ot malty sweet but grainy. a decent hop aroma. The unique combination of grains and malts with IPA style hopping had me expecting more. it has an over abundance of hop bitterness without enough hop flavor/complexity to balance the bitterness. It is an ok beer worth trying, but didn’t blow me away. georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 25, 2008
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown opaque with a thin head. The aroma was apricots and floral hoppiness. The taste hits like a strong IPA followed by a stout. A complex and interesting beer. mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2013
Fresh, I don’t care for this beer one bit. Too hoppy and the malt hasn’t really developed much. Too smoky and roasty too. However, I sat on a bottle for like 6 months, and gave it another try, and holy crap it’s amazing! It balances out so much better. The hoppiness dies down considerably, the smokiness too. The roasty maltiness tones down a ton too. Really smooths out and becomes extremely enjoyable. SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Bottle: Pours a dark almost black brown, totally opaque with a big fluffy grayish tan head. Aroma of some roasted malts and floral hops. Flavor is maltyand roasty. Chocolatey and creamy body and flavor with plenty of hops to go around. Medium bitterness. Hops are pretty much all floral and flowery with a slight hint of citrus mostly obscured by the roasty coffee and chocolate. I am amazed at how well these flavors go together.