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. radioseer (300) - 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 (298) - 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.
tedovertu (298) - 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. 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. 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. djroehler (292) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Black with cream head. Burnt malt with earthy aromas. Medium carbonation with moderate to heavy and super creamy body. Taste is chocolate malts with light pine to go with rich earthy hops that have a satisfying bitterness. bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2010
This smells and tastes like dry-hopped cough syrup. I like a lot of Stone stuff, but this one didn’t do it for me.