p1meatloaf (256) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - SEP 3, 2011
taster at trinity brewery in Colorado Springs. Looks rather black but brownish red in the light. Good soapy light brown head. Smells of toasty hops and bitter complexity. Tastes very clean, with dark bitterness that is "gwarming". Love this beer. overall 9.5 of 10. julesjis (256) - Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Poured from a 22. Aroma has an initial familiar medicinal scent that I can’t place, something hydrogen peroxide-ish. Taste is not sweet, but a nice roasty and savory taste. This is a great beer but not sure if it is 100% worthy. Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Pours a very dark brow, would call it black, but brown when pouring from the neck of the bottle. Strong citrus on the nose with tangerine and grapefruit. Lots of hops on the palate with a sweet, strong hop finish with slight smoke and roast. VERY slight smoke and roast. Very unique. Taste similar to a black rye. mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Pours dark as a stout with a slightly off-white creamy, rocky head. Several different hops in the nose. Lots of hops in the flavor with the charred and roasted flavors finally in the finish. Lemon and grapefruit start, then the roast, followed with a familiar hop pummeling. Kroney (255) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Pours black... and I mean black, with a thick two-finger peanut butter colored head. Even with the roasted malt backbone, the aroma is all hops(pine, citrus, a little spicey). Flavor has much more roasted malt flavor than the aroma, which is a great change-of-pace for a heavy leaning hop head/ipa fanatic. Finishes with a nice warming effect too. Medium, small bubble carbonation... easy drinking, which could be dangerous with an abv just south of 9%.
CopterScott (254) - Kansas, USA - JUN 22, 2014
Black with thin off-white head. aroma is roasty malts and pine. Flavor is dark chocolate, dark fruit, roast, and pine. This has a great, complex flavor. MarinaMarket (254) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2009
The name says a lot from a brewery only slightly less self-righteous than Rogue! Four guys tasting and I am the only one that thought it was drinkable. Reviewing many ratings, I have to guess we had a bad bottle, but it’s worth it to note that this beer tastes like it will age well, and probably improve over the next 2 years.
First released in January of 2009, with an ABV of 8.7%. But, this is a re-make of the 2007 Stone 11th Anniversary Ale, so it looks like it will be available in limited quantities every year. I am very interested to see how this beer progresses both in the current bottling and future versions. 1guywith_aboat (254) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Up front it pours black, smells like hops, and tastes effing Iincredible.....must be a stone. Very roasty and extremely bitter. gerbewa (253) - - AUG 3, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2013 Very dark and very bitter this beer reminds me of a very bitter stout mixed with an ipa BrotherLogic (252) - California, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Completely awesome - the standard by which all other black ipas should be judged. Incredible on the nose, tastes like no other beer. The first time I had this, I went straight home and slept for 4 hours such was it’s power...