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. Fech (291) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2012
Stone’s top brew in my mind. Great flavor. Dark brown basically black pour. Malty, notes of coffee, cream and spices. Fantomasus (291) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Wow. Pours a deep dark chocolate with a big foamy head. Smells of sweet malt, roasted nuts, with slight hints of leather and gun oil. Entrancing. A big bold balanced taste of malt, chocolate, and fruit with hints of exspesso. A big quick hop finish that leaves a lingering dark chocalate copper. Wow. Nice work. adavis234 (289) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2010
22 oz bottle. Appearance is dark brown/black shot through with a bit of ruby when you hold it up to the light.. Two finger tan head. Nice, soft citrus-hop aroma. Flavor starts out with grapefruit citrus hops, transitions into a malty, smoky, chocolatey flavor, and then finishes with a tingle of alcohol and grapefruit again with a lingering smokiness in the back of the throat. I wasn’t sure what to expect from this beer when I picked up at Greens, but as usual Stone doesn’t treat me wrong. A nice St. Pat’s day present to myself. mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2013
Not really fair to rate this with other Black IPAs, because like most Stone brews it’s nearly a double, @ 8.7% and 90 IBUs. A big nose of piney and perfumey hops with some roast malt in there. Awfully well balanced, a touch of sweetness plays with fragrant hops, and then the dark malt and hop bitters intertwine seamlessly. SuperYum.
liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2014
22 oz bottle from Fred Meyer’s in Beaverton, OR. Aroma is sweet and woody, with strong hints of burned coffee. Sweetness in the beginning gets immediately overtaken by the astringency of the roasted grains and the bitterness of the hops. I would not necessarily call this beer balanced, but I would certainly call it complex. Then again, I prefer sweeter Black IPAs, and I don’t generally care for overly dry and astringent roasted grains. Regardless, I would gladly drink this again. And again. nittanytide (289) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2010
Poured a deep, dark brown with a foamy half-finger head that left lacing down the glass. Aroma is complex: coffee, charcoal, bitter hops. Taste is coffee, charcoal and a little bit of orange rind. Well done! alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2007
Pours mahogany with ample tan head. Aroma is roast, apples, some spice with hints of alcohol. Flavor is a nice balanced strong flavor. Citrus hops, some oak, roastiness, more apples and plum. Nice hop and roast flavor on the finish. This is really drinkable. The alcohol lends minimal heat - but be careful - it’s there alright! Good stuff! clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 5, 2009
Pours dark and thin dark head. Very opaque. Taste is surprisingly light and fruity! Grapefruit and lots and lots of hops, just like Stone is known for... GREAT beer. Balanced and has a dry finish. Big fan. kenwall17 (284) - new york, New York, USA - MAY 3, 2011
A mix of my two favorite beer styles, Imperial Stout and Imperial IPA. Toasted, hoppy goodness.