dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Pours a jet black with a tan head. Nose is complex with bold citrus hop, grass. Full mouthfeel, smooth, with a zing at the end. Toast malt, bittersweet chocolate, almond moves to a balanced resiny and lemon hop. Finishes with brown sugar and licorice. Fantastic. 12many (277) - Alaska, USA - JUN 21, 2008
Interesting. Very dark burgundy/black with a lot of hops in the nose, but then as you drink the malt becomes very apparent. This was very smooth, surprising, and good. RyanK (276) - Rhode Island, USA - APR 22, 2014
12oz! from the stone mix pack best by 5/27 tasted 4/22. Pours black but is penetrable by light, has a foamy tan head slow to subside. Smells like a black IPA chinook hops roasted malt. Taste of malty bitterness followed by dry hoppy bitterness. Plenty of bite and no alcohol taste at almost 9% I gotta give this beer credit. Plenty of bitterness and bite should most definitely appeal to fans of this style, but not to the faint of heart. mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2007
A dark IPA--now this is an interesting one. It definitely has the normal Stone hop profile, but with a definitely roasted malt undertone. Quite a unique and interesting combination, and I think I like it. godofsky (274) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 24, 2010
on tap at Dieu du Ciel. pours a very dark brown with a tan head that leaves tons of lacing. aroma is loaded with hops, and a bit of bitter dark chocolate. taste is roasted malts, caramel, dark chocolate, and a huge hops finish. body is thick, mouthfeel is creamy. an incredible beer that i wish i was able to get more of on a consistent basis.
BazookaJoe (274) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 25, 2013
Pours black with a thin white head and some good lacing. Big aroma of hops and a tad roasty. Perfect balance of dark malts and hops make this black IPA fantastic.
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Pours a very dark dark brown but seemingly clear beer with a tan head that lasts a while with great lacing. Aroma of citrus with maybe some fruit and roasted malt. Tastes of malt and coffee with a hint of chocolate. It has a great undertone of bittersweetness. There is a twang at the end that may be the alcohol. Not to sure how I like this initially but will see how it pans out with the full drink. Overall of moderate body and carbonation. Not sure how I like this beer overall but this is the first of this style for me so that may just be it. As time went on this beer did grow on me so I have modified some of the numbers. slitcher (273) - Freeport, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2010
Black pour with a medium tan head. Aromas of hops and caramel. Hops up front in the taste with bittersweet cocoa in the background. Very unique and delicious. popephred (272) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Poured from the bottler into a snifter. Pour produced a brown-black body, with a quickly diminishing head of tan,no lacing. Alcohol, coffee, and pine are the dominant notes in the aroma. A balanced bittersweetness, with some roasted coffee notes, make this a strong flavored ale, though I am not picking up on a complex palate, which would make this a great beer.