DragonsHead (142) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2008
What the @@@@ is an IBA? India Black Ale? Wonderful taste, but I don’t know how to rank it. Can’t wait to see what comes out next year!! Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 2, 2010
22oz bottle, dark, nearly black with a tan head and a bit of lacing. The fresh tang of piney hops of an IPA and the dark malt background of a porter give this beer an identity crisis. However, this example is a combination of the best traits of both, Excellent beer. hopheadsbrew (142) - Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Mahogany clear appearance. Smells like piney hops and roasted malt. Thick creamy head. Flavors of roasted malt and chocolate with a hoppy aftertaste. Well balanced and smooth bitter finish. IPAGargoyleGuy (140) - Troy, NY, New York, USA - APR 3, 2008
Interesting beer, not quite what I was expecting. It has a more malty and nutty character than most IPA’s but with enough hops to till live up to the name. i like a crisp finish on an IPA, but this was a bit different with malts and bitterness coming through together. dbhenry (139) - El Paso, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2013
This ale has a nice floral aroma. It is very dark golden with a small head. The hop strength is full, yet it really doesn’t overpower the caramelized malty taste. Overall, this is a strong tasting ale and is quite good.
cduncan14 (138) - Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA - JUL 22, 2013
Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Big aromas of roasted malt, coffee, bourbon and grapefruit. From the taste, you could easily be fooled into believing that this was a hopped-up porter, with coffee notes on the front and back end, and lots of hops in between and lingering through the very long and pleasant finish. This is a very good beer, and the one that all other Black IPAs should aspire to be. chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2012
12 oz. bottle poured into a Stone pairing glass (short-stemmed goblet) adorned with the familiar gargoyle logo.
Pours a nearly pitch black topped with a one and half finger cream-colored head. Great retention and significant web-like lacing. Roasted malt, light citrus, and pronouced piney notes on the nose. Opens with roasted malt, hints of citrus joined by grapefruit rind. Finishes with bitter rind, pine, and roasted grain and malt. Well carbonated; smooth and silky. A fantastic black IPA; a brew that was one of the first to define the style. oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is bursting of hops, also has hints of caramel, plum, floral and citrus. Flavor blends very well together (rather complex) with notes of Hops, malts, fruit, chocolate, toffee and pine. EXTREMELY GOOD beer, cant even detect the alcohol content. I was also surprised at how this beer could smell and taste so similar to an IPA, yet so much different: smoother & more body.
Way to set the trend Stone ! iggynelix (136) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Bitter and dark as would be expected for a black ipa. Don’t try to session this brew that smells like feline urine with an after taste like quinine. mezr (136) - 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.