Hartung32 (252) - Indiana, USA - MAR 23, 2013
My favorite Black IPA. It's the profile standard as far as in concerned; and perfectly balanced.
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Pours a super dark mahogany/brown with a pale khaki head. Lots of floral hops on the aroma, some citrus (lemon, grapefruit) and other fruit, slight chocolate and coffee notes and roasted malt. Lots of malt up front, toasted malt, a bit of milk chocolate, lots of hops (mostly citrus) with a bit of a pine taste as well, some peach and mango, and hints of dark fruit. Medium bodied, very good balance between the huge hops and the tons of malt. BrewingFan (251) - Texas, USA - APR 21, 2010
Hoppy grapefruit on the nose, with notes of chocolate malt. Stone does it again, keeping you on your toes. The hoppy bitterness and is completely unexpected in this black beer. Moderately balanced by chocolate malt, full bodied, with no noticable alcohol, finishes with a bite. This is a great, but equally dangerous beer. 41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Very excited to find this one local here in Jersey. Smells heavy into the minerals, like a pine tar covered penny found in dark soil. The flavor of this is pure big west coast hop smack with an earthy overtone that mutes out much of the classic intensity. The finish remains pretty heavy on the medicinal sweetness and bitter punch. Mouthfeel is almost a disservice as it is a bit coating so therefore leaves the taste to linger a bit longer than it should. To reference other brew, this is very similar to Victory Yakima Twilight and a slightly more aggressive Stone Brewdog Bashah. This wore out its welcome after only one bomber. Sorry to a great brewery. Thank You Stone for your efforts. 2010 22oz. ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Dark red to brown pour with a large, creamy off-white head. Aroma is heavy malt, chocolate, and fruits. Flavor is strong on fruity sweetness and counter-balanced grapefruit bitterness. Texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
rentonj7 (250) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2016
Wonderful. Deep opaque brown poor with short tan head. Huge aroma _ cocoa, roasted beef, toffees, pine, and grapefruit. Taste Carries more of the hop charter, especially pine. Lots of chocolate with some espresso. Mouthful is thick and creamy with a long, effervescent finish. Man, this is nice. acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Pours opaque brown with a nice light tan head. Stong hoppy nose, which almost tilts towards penicillin for me. There are other things in there, including roasty malts. I can see how for somebody whose nose doesn’t associate that smell with penicillin it would be very interesting and alluring, but for me it was a warning bell. In the mouth, the warning was on target. It’s not as bad as, say the Goose Island IIPA, which was undrinkable, but for me it was distracting. I understand how people like this one, but I would take a 10th any day before this. sstackho (249) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2008
22oz bottle purchased for $6 from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a dark brown with little head but decent lacing. Hoppy aroma. Flavour is nicely hoppy with some lasting bitterness. Well balanced with a decent malt backbone. However, not all that different from a "normal" IPA. Good, but not extraordinary.
BierFiend (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Pours black with creamy tan head. Smells of hops and malts. Tastes of hops, bitter, malts, and alcohol. Has medium carbonation and long bitter. bittermestupid (247) - Canton, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Pours black with a nice 1/2" thick white head. Smells of citrus, dark chocolate, pine and cut grass. Dark roasted malts,chocolate, coffee, grapefruit, pine and citrus. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish is long and well balanced between the roasted bitterness and the hoppy bitterness.