Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Aroma is luscious, fruity, floral hops. Slightly citrusy notes combine with the roasted chocolate flavors of the malt. Smells delicous. Pours a dark brown with a big off white head. Taste is roasted malt immediately on the front, slightly chocolate. Follows up with a huge hop punch. Really coats your mouth with flavor. Lingering bitterness. Surprising amount of hop character for as powerful as the malt still is. Best black IPA I’ve tasted. raiderfost (170) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2007
UPDATED: APR 27, 2016 WOW!!!!!!!! This is heaven. Poured a rich dark brown with a light brown head. I was instantly overcome by the aroma of hops that no other IPA could recreate.The next 20 minutes were amazing! I have to get more of this! Thank you GandGKevin. EHouse (170) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 18, 2011
An opaque brick of ebony sits sublimely in my glass with a nice head of tan. You can smell the hops right after popping the cap: smells like a pine forest full of sweaty men (As strange as it sounds I smell a hint of BO/cheese). A perfect medium body of coffee, bittersweet chocolate and a hint of sweetness. Finishes long and tingly with spicy pine and all that glorious hoppy bitterness. I’m amazed how balanced this is considering how hoppy it gets in the finish. A solid Cascadian! RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2013
It’s interesting to taste this beer, it’s boozy, hoppy and has a lingering bitterness to it. It also has a bit of an oily texture, pretty good, not a 100 though. Chadski4 (170) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Perfect pour with light tan head that retains a lot of lacing. The 90 IBU's are definitely present in the bitterness but very balanced and complemented by a hint of coffee and caramel. Very well crafted.
thefle (167) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2011
amazing black IPA. Usually i’m not a fan of black IPAs, i feel they lack aroman and bite, not the case here, great IPA in general. Do it. HoppyAlesToYou (167) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2011
Scents of cereal, chocolate, coffee, nuts, resin, citrus, and earthy tea invite a sip. I take a draw from the tulip glass, letting the dark brown ale greet my lips through the pillowy tan head. Such a well balanced ale, the dark malt traits are restrained, sharing the lead with the delicious hops.
A long tea like bitter finish leaves you craving more. SSSRA is wings and horns above any other Black IPA I’ve had, and always a pleasure. tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2007
I’ve had this beer twice. The second time was much better than the first, so I’m glad I resampled at a recent homebrew club meeting. My first impression was that it’s not even remotely related to an IPA; my second taste provided the IPA style I longed for in the first round. Just think IPA with dark, roasty malts added! bryandhargrave (165) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2007
damn near perfect. too bad i only found two bottles. drinking one now, gonna age the other. thanks stone. posikyle (165) - Alabama, USA - SEP 15, 2007
Pours a deep dark brown color, and has a great hoppy aroma. Also has a great full bodied feel in the mouth, and a slightly bitter finish (which I always appreciate in a beer).