horto008 (185) - Alabama, USA - DEC 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at STA. Possibly my favorite STA offering. Very roasted with even some smoke coming through. Coffee notes and very subdued alcohol relative to the ABV. Bitterness was sufficient for the IPA label. Extremely balanced and all around tasty. This one deserves to be canned and shipped.
Hinez57 (248) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - NOV 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a growler filled at PapaVís in Tupelo, MS
Aroma is chocolate heavy with heavy C-hop pine and grapefruit aromas, hints of grainy sweetness and that charred leather aroma you get from black malt. Sadly the flavor is alcohol forward however the citrus-piney hop flavors take over quickly with a sort of Cluster hop character along with the herbal element you get from heavy-hopping. The roasted malt character is prominent enough that I thought this beer was a hoppy american stout (Sierra Nevada Stout, Obsedian Stout, Rogue Shakespeare Stout), a good thing in this beer. There are traces of caramel with very little grassy or grainy character peeking through, yet while not apparent it is there as the beer is quite balanced in itís maltiness to support the hop profile. The mouthfeel/palate is dead-on for this beer not thick, not thin as either could seriously detract, but with just enough viscosity to keep it shy of semi-chewy yet not too thin.
Overall dangerously drinkable for an 8% IPA which must be on the cusp of being a Double IPA or actually is. Coming from a fairly fresh keg I trust the hop character was true and I wish there was more hop aroma, yet the flavor in every way is dead-on. The alcohol is a problem but otherwise this is a truly wonderful beer, just shy of being great.
Suttree (6296) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Suttreeís on Black Friday. Black, nice head. Smells coffee, pine, and dark chocolate. Taste is more coffee and pine, and a little bit of burnt toast.
nearbeer (5227) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint on tap. Opaque black with a lasting cover of foam. Aroma is orange zest, resin, a touch of cocoa and coffee. Taste is the same in a nice blend. Near-medium body has medium-high carbonation and finishes roasty and hoppily dry.
Jon_Afghan (4) - Alabama, USA - MAR 12, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This has become my new favorite down at the taproom. This is a seriois genius for STA. Complex without being full of unnecessary flavors, and you discover a new flavor and experience every time you have a pint or 4. Just my new favorite beer.
Itzjerm (2654) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft at Liq Ex. Very nice head that is long lasting. Dark, perfect in appearance. I am amazed how these guys nail various styles. The Black IPA definitly holds the bite of roasted barley and hops. Nice aroma as well. A nice IPA and good body to. This should definitely be a regular.
DiarmaidBHK (4528) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Mellow Mushroom. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Notes of pine on the nose. Fairly big notes of chocolate and pine with a hint of grapefruit on the finish. Hides itís 8% well. Complex and nicely balanced.
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Nook. Black in the glass with a frothy tan head that had a thin layer lasting. Aroma of citrus rind and a roasty background. The flavor found dark chocolate, roast, and a hop balance. Medium body and medium bitterness throughout.
bleeng (1679) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at The Nook in Huntsville AL. Dark black with a tan head. Hoppy nose with some chocolate and malt notes. Taste is the same with a full rich foamy body. Well done.