GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2007 Tipped back 8-30-2007 to honor of the Grand Poobah of beer, MJ..... Pours almost balck w/ a tall creamy froth. Head retention is superb slowly reducing to reveal a full downy canopy of thick, sticky lacing. The aroma tells the tale of a full blown IPA complete w/ generous citrus rind overtones accompanied by only mild whiffs of malt. The aroma doesn’t match the color. I expected some roast component to factor in but it’s just not there. I’m not complaining though. It’s the Criss Angel mind freak show. Full nectar w/ creamy soft residual effers. It’s like drinking heavy cream. Nice! Now thats what I’m talkin’ bout’. Texture goes a long way w/ me and this ones there all the way. It’s mildly sweet like my third grade teacher but throws copper at you when arroused. A big roasted malty backbone supports the colony while Robo Hop hacks down the sludge walls with his electrified pole arm. As the fight ensues nuances are laid waste yet accounted for by my accute palate. Theres a defined chunky chocolate creep in the shadows that creates a diversion from the backbone and clobbers Robo Hop in the face on the way down. Nuances of molases, beef jerkey, leather, slight smoke, and grapefruit citrus rind. Could this be the "Smoked Indian" I’ve heard about ? The finish is so well balanced w/ perfect bittering of all the decadent slop. Even though the chocolate malts persist to the end theres a defined asprin burn that lingers and tingles the tongue for a while. Damn, I wan’t another one. This is the best new seasonal these guys have put out since V5. Wagner is a genius! Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2007
WOW! Stone not only knows beer, but really knows IPA’s. What a change from last year. This one was surprisingly more awesome then I had hoped for. Looks like a porter, dark brown, with a light brown head. Pours like a stout, beautiful, teasing cascading affect. Taste like an IIPA. WOW! Strong citrusy grapefruit aroma, intense bitter pineyness and incredible citrus flavor. Dry, dry, dry finish, great bitter aftertaste. Easy to drink and incredibly satisfying for you hopheads. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2009 my goodness. i had been waiting for the 11th to come out for a while and finally got my hands on 6 bottles (thanks Kevin) and i was totally stunned. the beer pours a midnight black with a perfect tan head and the aroma of...simcoe hops?! my favorite hops, with aroma of pine, apricot, and ginger. and the hoppy profile of the beer was perfect. amazingly smooth. the flavors were coffee, coriander, pine, and of course hops. not a hint of alcohol sting even at 8.7%. honestly, stone’s best beer to date and possible the best i’ve ever had. long live the Black IPA. *UPDATE* finally got the chance to try this one as the reincarnated sublimely self righteous...and it’s every bit as amazing as my young palate thought over a year ago. simply an expertly crafted, unique, and delicious brew. nathan30533 (1020) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2009
I don’t do it often... and I’m not proud to say that I do it at all.... but here is another perfect rating. Maybe at another time I drink again and re-rate but I must say it is amazing. Pours dark dark amber/brown. lite brown head. Great taste of something sweet. Aroma is arrousing to the nose. NO complaints at all. Merin (18) - Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2010
FINALLY was available in my area. Ive been wating to try this one for a long time...and it was definitly worth the anticipation. Perfect beer. Enough said.
celticindian (1) - USA - MAY 22, 2010 does not count
Let em start by saying I’m Irish, and damned proud of it. I gre up with great European beers, even though I never had a tase for lighter beverages, I appreciated them. But Guinness and Warstainer Dunkel were always my drinks of choice.
Then, one glorious day, I had my first Arrogant Bastard Ale. What was this?, I asked. An american brew with actual character, bitterness, distinction and real FLAVOR. I was hooked. Since that day I have enjoyed Stone products without reserve. Then this, the apex of the art of brewing, the pinnacle of malt perfection. Amazing. From the appearence, resembling Tyra banks in a glass, to the phenomenal bitterness that recalls a fresh, hurtful divorce, to the finale of aftertaste that is remeniscient of the afterglow of a first sexual experience, this f*&^er rocks. I am only sorry that it’s not readily available on tap. A downer for sure, but I am content, for that moment to indulge in one of the other remakable Stone products while watching the ignorant masses let the yellow runnings of lesser productions wash over their tongues like so much hobo urine over the abandoned city curbs in a derelict metropolis. jerich01 (16) - USA - JUN 26, 2010
This beer is fantastic. Pours cleanly with a fruitiness on the palate. As the beer warms the flavors evolve into chocolaty notes over a warm dark malt base. I can see why the demand for this beer was so high. bigred22 (85) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 8, 2010
This is the best beer I have had yet. Man this was a good beer! Dark/Malty like a porter and fresh like a great IPA. The Aroma was like an IPA, but there was so much more in this one! mnurda (1285) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 17, 2011
My first five. This beer was absolutely fantastic. These Black IPAs are unreal. Can’t wait to getmore of this one. EvanFriend (592) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2011
I’ve had a few other black IPAs but this is the only one that really stands out. Tastes of strong hop bitterness well balanced with a porter-like malty undertone. Absolutely delicious.