beeratarian (229) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Pours a dark browm almost black with a light brown medium head. Aroma is mostly hops with a little dark roasted malt, almost slightly burnt. Initial flavors are that of a smoothed out ruination. Very smooth and easy to drink for the style. Your mind tricks you into thinking it will be malty and roasty, but the reality of it is just a balance to the ridiculous amounts of hops that stone likes to use. The finish is dry and creamy at the same time. What makes this beer so good is the drinkablity. I could pound a bomber and look for more. The fresher the better with this beer. A dark beer that is right at home on the john deer in the middle of summer or as a warmer on a winter ski trip. Brewdork (228) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2014
650 ml bottle (enjoy by 7/10/14) poured into nonic pint. Deep cola color with an impressive three-finger creamy light beige head that seems to last forever. Aroma is resinous, piney hops with roasted malt undertones. Flavor follows suit, with initial hoppiness giving way to roasted complexity. The mouthfeel is much creamier than I was expecting. While I don’t enjoy this quite as much as Stone’s standard IPA offerings, it’s still great. want1DIPA (227) - - MAY 12, 2013
This is the GOAT! It's bold but subtle regarding Hoppiness and ABV%. It plays tricks on my mind because its a DIPA, but it looks like a stinking stout. I simply adore this beer. It's also the reason I love craftbeer, Stone Sublime was my first.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone so go have a DIPA! Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Honest intro - probably too snchocked to rate...but here goes...
Aroma: this baby has the dark fruits cruising through the nostrils with traces of cocoa with a definite hop. But a lot of prune and raisin. (btw Grizzle is helping with this..also snchocked.) Poured a dark brown to black. Touch of off tan/white head. We’re drinking this in dimpled mugs. It has a flavor of bitter and malty smooth but sharply bitter. It has been burnt by something. I don’t what...but burnt. And that is ok. mikedevilsfan (226) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Ballsy black IPA. Some black IPA’s are light on hops, not this one. It packs a serious hop wallup. Creamy malt backbone gives this a great taste. One of the best IPA’s out there.
atlrizzob (225) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Pours a very deep, very dark brown with a light foam. Smells of roasted malts and hops. Has a very rich delicious flavor of cocoa roasts and bitter citrus hops. This one holds it down. soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2010
22 oz bottle. Not really sure what a "Black IPA" is, but thought I would give it a try. Pours a mostly opaque black with a small light tan head. Smells of malt, hints of citrus, hops, and a bit of sweetness. Bizarre smell compared to the sight. The taste is just as unique, as it mixes the complexities of an IPA, stout, and possibly even a brown ale all in one, with lots of sweet malt, but also the balance of citrus and hops. Decent body to it also, with a pleasant aftertaste and some sticky mouthfeel to it. Overall, very different, but quite impressive. davidflores99 (225) - Signal HIll, California, USA - SEP 11, 2007
Had a tasting at the Stone 11th Festival, I really liked this! Poured dark, light creamy head, very hoppy and smooth. I can taste some citrus and smoke in there, very awesome brew!! grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Great brew, pours black with little head that disapears rapidly into a lacy ring. Has smoky roasted malts for the flavor and hints of chocolate. Alcohol is well hidden and balanced with the deep flavor of this dark beast. djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Pours out dark black with a brown head. Nice and hoppy with a roasted malty taste. Its part IPA and part porter or stout. Nice finish bitter but creamy and smooth.