beeratarian (234) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Pours a dark browm almost black with a light brown medium head. Aroma is mostly hops with a little dark roasted malt, almost slightly burnt. Initial flavors are that of a smoothed out ruination. Very smooth and easy to drink for the style. Your mind tricks you into thinking it will be malty and roasty, but the reality of it is just a balance to the ridiculous amounts of hops that stone likes to use. The finish is dry and creamy at the same time. What makes this beer so good is the drinkablity. I could pound a bomber and look for more. The fresher the better with this beer. A dark beer that is right at home on the john deer in the middle of summer or as a warmer on a winter ski trip. boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Draft. Pours black with a small tan head. Smells very roasty with some hop notes. Taste is medium bitter with a strong finish. Awesome. probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2012
Bomber from Finger Lakes Beverage, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2012
App.: Deep brown-black with a large light mocha head.
Aroma: Lots of citrusy C-hops, sweet and mashy like an American DIPA, boozy and vinous, fruity – berries and dark dried fruits, some pine and floral notes, a bit resinous, inky, thick molasses, rich, malty, boozy and hoppy.
Palate: Medium+ body, moderately full effervescence with some prickly bubbles.
Flav.: Huge, American DIPA character, all the big, boozy, mashy malts and in-your-face hopiness, dark dried fruits, caramel/brown sugar, C-hops, resin, pine, some inky, rich, sticky molasses,darker malts as it warms and as I get more used to it, starting to seem like Impy Stout meets DIPA; dry with good bitterness and a long, hoppy, lovely, malt finish.
Wow. Huge. Righteously sublime. For itself.
Earthy, mulch-like complexity. Cranberry bitterness headlocks the tongue. Color is a sensational oak brown. Smell is of molasses. This brew is reminiscent of Stone’s Arrogant Bastard, but more peppery. There are only about 100 solid flavors going on in this black IPA. You’ll need an archeological crew to unearth them all. This stuff is magic with a fleshy slice of German chocolate cake. beernbourbon (1592) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Tap at iTap. Pour is near black with a thin tab head. Aroma is dominated by pine hop with a crisp roasted malt backbone. Straightforward and clean. Flavor also pine hop and roasted malt with some hints of resinous hop and light ash. Nice beer.
wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 15, 2012
Tasted on draft at the 12 South Winter Warmer in 2011. Pours opaque dark brown with an average tan head that slowly recedes to thin lace. The nose is aggressively hoppy (classic Stone) bitter, with tons of underlying darkly roasted notes of dark chocolate. The flavor is even more roasted than on the nose, with intensely bitter resin hops taking over. The body is full with lively, stinging carbonation, and a long dark chocolate and resin hops, intensely bitter finish. beerproject (129) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2012
Aroma is american hoppy plus some dark malts, maybe roasted. Flavor is a phenomenal black ipa, bitter and hoppy with some chocolate and roasted notes. Huhzubendah (3709) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 4, 2012
This beer appears black with a thick, light tan head. The head hangs out for several minutes before leaving a thick sheet of lacing on the glass. The aroma is of alcohol, hops, pine. The flavor is primarily of hops and pine, with chocolate and roast notes following behind. The feel is medium bodied with prominent alcohol throughout. This beer is a bit too hot, slightly degrading the drinkability...
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-21-2011 Chudwick (3237) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - AUG 25, 2012
draft - pours black with tan head and great lacing. Spruce nose and eventually becomes roasty. Balanced taste-wise at first, but quickly dominated by the bitterness. long bitter aftertaste. RamyG4 (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Bottle. Super dark brown, just about black with a medium light brown head. Aroma is strong resin hops with a fairly small roasted malt aroma. The stout character is much more present in the taste, lots of coffee, caramel and some chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, heavy bitter, dry finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Good beer.