Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Pours a dark black color with light brown head, looks better than it taste. Smells of pine and leaves a bad hop aftertaste. Stone is great beer but this one isn’t for me! Rotbart (155) - - MAY 25, 2012
Nice dark brown color with a long lasting foamy white head. Fairly bold bitter taste with a smooth long cola coffee finish. mezr (153) - California, USA - SEP 4, 2012
22 oz bottle purchased at Stone Brewing Co. Pours a dark, dark brown ... not quite black. Develops a half-inch deep tan head that dissipates to a film over a few minutes. Aroma is that of pine, citrus and coffee. Slightly sticky. Average carbonation. Bitter finish that lasts long, slowly tailing off. Stone did a great job with this one. Hkrivera (153) - Guaynabo, PUERTO RICO - FEB 14, 2014
Never expected this "Ale" to be like this one. Dark, roasted malt flavor; strong taste as all Stone Brewery Beers. Excellent choice !
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Meaty, leathery aroma, with hints of mint and pine. Medium body with dense, even carbonation; a very satisfying mouthfeel. Dark treacle and roasted malts leaf the assault that is followed up by masses of bitter, aggressive hops; pine, leather, some ash. The finish is massive and enduring, an exceptional black ipa.
phiconners (152) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Pours a dark brown, large beige head. Hops dominates the aroma. Flavor is strong hops, but you pick up the malt afterwards which makes it a little creamier. Fantastic beer, Stone is unbeatable. ryanknock (150) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Malt, toffee, cream, chocolate and orange in the nose. Medium to heavy body, deep amber to light brown color. Citrus still dominates flavor, but the backbone is caramel, toffee, chocolate, roast. Drier finish, slightly creamy, medium bitterness. Interesting. McGrupp612 (150) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2009
I loved this beer as the 11th anniversary, and i am so happy to see it again. Pitch black with a large tan head. The aroma is thick with hops. Citrus, pine and bitter coffee invite me to smell and smell. Much lighter body than expected but still very good. Awesome flavor...Sharp bitterness, hop flavor, dry dark malt bitterness and a little bit of fruit. It finished bone dry. Sharp lingering bitterness, slight roast (robust porter/dry stout), and a wisper of wood. Excellent brew!!!!! Aarond (150) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Bottle. Pours a deep brown color with a nice off white head with good lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and piney hops. Taste is roasted malt, hops, oak, chocolate, and dark fruit. Nice creamy mouthfeel. shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - AUG 18, 2012
This is one of those thin line brews between Black IPA/Imperial stout. Since this has two months before its expo date any hop flavor is barely present, I get fruity/piney hops in the smell, but not too much in the flavor. Now its roasted notes of creamy coffee/ espresso. Alcohol ins’t present. It does have a strong bitter finish. I like this either, Black IPA or Imperial stout, you be the judge.