gvmdw7 (188) - California, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Poured black with an inch of head. Smells of piney hops. Tastes like I bit into a fresh strawberry. It was served too cold and it muted the malty character. I didnít enjoy this out of bottle, but itís much better on tap xs2500 (187) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Nice dark earthy brew. Pours dark and has a carmel colored thick head. Semi sweet chocolate under-tones, very enjoyable beerguy00 (186) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Pours a nice dark brown with caramel colored head. Aroma of molasses, a bit of spice, and some pine. Flavor matches aroma. horto008 (186) - Alabama, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Very intriguing. Thatís how I would describe it. Self-Righteous poured a very dark, almost black amber with a relatively thick head. Aroma was sweet with alcohol and citrus notes.
Taste was complicated. There was a distinct sweetness that reminded me of a dubbel or trippel, but the hops or dark malt or whatever was in it managed to keep a terrific bitterness that kept it from being too sweet. Note: nowhere close to as bitter as Arrogant Bastard or any of the Stone IPAs. Had a light smokey flavor that sticks with you. Iíve given high marks simply because it isnít like anything else Iíve run into. theviolet (186) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2007
Bomber poured into a goblet. Wow, strong aroma hits immediately. Tangerine and hops. The citrus is very strong. Exceptionally dark brown with a small light brown head. Very strong flavors, lots of hops throughout. You can really taste the roast and the malt in the finish and aftertaste. You can also taste a lot of citrus. Very nice on the palate, full and bubbly. A really interesting beer that I would definetely try again.
37steel (186) - St. Charles, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2007
22 oz bottle. One of the most interesting beers Iíve had. You expect one thing and get something COMPLETELY different. Pours dark brown/black with a full tan head. Aroma is very hoppy (piney and fruity). Sharp hop bite at the start (grapefruits). Small chocolate in the middle and a long bitter finish. I have another bottle and am interested to see what itís like in a year or so. reverendj (185) - Brunswick, Georgia, USA - SEP 18, 2009
It ainít bragging if you can back it up and thatís what Stone has done. Would one think it weird if it was called a midnight IPA? Big aroma of malty chocolate and fruit. First impression is one of bitter chocolate malt followed by a judicious hop bite. Very creamy mouth akin to a nice imperial stout. Another home run by one of my favorite breweries. saintjulien (185) - - JUL 7, 2014
coffee, roasty, grass, herbs, soy sauce, black, brown foam, light sweetness, very bitter, lightly sour, full body, slick feel, average carbonation, bitter dolemite77 (184) - Maryville, Tennessee, USA - APR 19, 2008
Stone does another winner. Very interesting beer, because it is stout black, with a comparable head. Big, frothy and tan. Smell is reminiscent of Arrogant Bastard, but with the roasted overtones of the dark malt. Flavor is hops obviously (Stoneís specialty)- but with a rich chocolate malt background that is missing in the bastard series, or ruination series. Bottle was 8 months old when I had it, and I guess it would age well, as that is the suggestion. Iím not sure I would consider this an aging beer (of course, I never keep any around long enough to officially call them "cellared"). I will absolutely make another trip to pick up some more of these. Beers like this (both in quality and style) are not easy to find. ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - APR 28, 2009
On tap at Deep Ellum. Body is black with very little light at the corners. A tall creamy tan head had good resiliency and leaves spotty lacing. The nose and initial flavor is full of fresh crisp hops, with citrus peel, grapefruit and watery pine notes. The body feels heavy on the tongue, roasty and malty with lots of toasted nuts and chewy bread, but the hops and the carbonation carry this beer. I sometimes think Stoneís carbonation detracts from the beer, being too lively and acting as a thinning agent on my pallate, but it works to their advantage with this beer and allows the hops to break through the roasty body and come alive. Really nice.