jonno (2761) - JAPAN - MAY 14, 2009
Either this recipe is slightly different to the XI or the conditions I drunk it under were different, but this was a touch disappointing. Still a good beer, but after having a taste of the XI from a friend this couldn’t match up. Similar to the arrogant bastard in many ways, but the hops were not as bitter as I expected. Very good but not great lamas (1639) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Enjoy by: 06/30/09. Deep mahogany pour with a finger-thick khaki head. Great balance in the aroma - loads of pine and grapefruits along with caramel, vanilla, and some chocolate. Medium-bodied. Excellent balance taste-wise too. Starts off with some slightly toasty caramel maltiness and hints of dark chocolate. Grapefruits at the end. Fairly dry finish with some peppery tongue stinging that lingers. Some subtly warming alcohol underneath it all. gkost (1069) - Alaska, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Pours jet black, thin head. Hoppy nose. Flavor is Bitter hops, some liquorice. Thinner body with a bitter back end. Good black IPA. RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUN 8, 2009
Rated this as Stone 11th, back in March ’09 or something. Thanks Mar! This was good. Aroma of grapefruit, grape stems (?), produce isle (fruit), dark rye bread, wood, and a wee bit of oxidation or was it just old hops. Tastes quite malty after than aroma with brown sugar, toast, crust, a light amount of roast, wood and grapefruit hops that seem old somehow. It fits the malt profile though. Finishes bitter with char, wood, bread and grapefruit. Medium to heavy bodied and silky smooth. baraciisch (3234) - California, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Black reddish in color... Aroma is citrus hops... Flavor is citrusy and malty, very interesting for a darker beer... Finish is sweet and citrusy, yet notes of coffee and chocolate malts on the palate... Really nice beer.
Nalu (217) - Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Tap @ Parkway. Dark red-brown pour with a light tan head leaving moderate lace. Spruce and cut-grass hop nose leading into an Arrogant Bastard-like body. Solid, medium-heavy body with whisky, chocolate and coffee notes. Bitter and umami, with a touch of sweetness in the beginning and middle. Half a pint is adequate, but that’s not a bad thing. fourplayed (69) - Lakewood, California, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Very dark red -black with 1 finger medium chocolate brown head. Smells of Hops, dark roasted sweet malts, dark fruits, prunes, raisins. Taste if bitter chocolate and Big earthy hops, the dark fruits & malts lend some sweet notes, some yeasts add to a good complexity, alcohol more present as it warms. Full body with good zesty carbonation start to finish, good hop bite and dry finish. A good bold brew (not for the pale ale crowd). Big hops, full body, bold dark fruits all get you attention! sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2010
Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, citrus, grass, pine, peach hop. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, sweet notes, citrus, peach and pine hop. soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2010
22 oz bottle. Not really sure what a "Black IPA" is, but thought I would give it a try. Pours a mostly opaque black with a small light tan head. Smells of malt, hints of citrus, hops, and a bit of sweetness. Bizarre smell compared to the sight. The taste is just as unique, as it mixes the complexities of an IPA, stout, and possibly even a brown ale all in one, with lots of sweet malt, but also the balance of citrus and hops. Decent body to it also, with a pleasant aftertaste and some sticky mouthfeel to it. Overall, very different, but quite impressive. tnkw01 (1753) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 24, 2011
Bottle. Deep, Dark Color. Aroma is hoppy like an IPA. Taste, is also like a regular IPA. Hoppy taste with a malty, caramel toast finish. Nice.