Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Wow. Does this smell amazing. If you want to know what a dank beer smells like here it is. Smells amazing. The pine and hemp form a wave of hoppy goodness. Pours a dark brown bordering on black with a billowing off white foam. Hop flavor is nice a piney. Unlike some black ipas, the malt character does come through somewhat on this one, and I get some definite brown ale malt characteristics that peek out, but are quickly overwhelmed by the hops. Palate is smooth and velvety. Overall a damn fine beer for a good cause, and I intend to buy several more. Great job to all three breweries! zizzybalubba (1869) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2012
12 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC. The name does not lie as the pour closely resembles a brown ale albeit a tad darker. A huge amount of grapefruit can be found on the nose with a slight amount of dark chocolate in the background. Citrus and piney hops are the dominant flavor with only a touch of smoke and chocolate on the finish. The bitter hops linger on the tongue long after each swallow yet the subtle smoke and chocolate let you know this is not an ordinary IPA. With everyone rushing to make a great black IPA many brewers miss the mark. It’s no surprise that with Stone in the mix this one gets it right. Outstanding. ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2012
12oz bottle from grape & gourmet. pours cola-brown and sits in the glass with dark russet edges topped by a smooth, creamy eggshell head that leaves sticky rings of lace on the glass. aroma is absolutely fantastic with huge fresh, citrus notes of pink grapefruit, orange juice, and tangerine backed by amazingly fresh notes of peaches, nectarines, and pineapple with subtle notes of cinnamon, toasted pie crusts (really smells like mom’s peach pie!) and dry pine esters. flavor is delicious as well with the sweet peach, vanilla, and cinnamon notes from the aroma carrying through beautifully and are accompanied by pink grapefruit, orange marmalade, dry grass, and zesty pine with just a hint of cocoa powder and coffee as it warms. palate is medium bodied with crisp carbonation and a dry, fruity finish that leaves me salivating for another sip. overall, this is definitely one of the best black ipa’s i’ve had. right up there with Stone 11th and 15th. great beer. slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2012
bottle. Deep brown ale w/ hoppy citrus nose. Pineapple tongue battles w/ dark malt eyes; the execution is tastes beautifully. F’n almost perfect. drunkenpolack (319) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2012
This one pours a dark, murky brown color. Small amount of tan head is poured and whatever is there pretty much disappears. The aroma is evident as soon as the bottle is opened. I just stuck my nose in the bottle and marveled at it’s hoppy as hell smell. Total West Coast IPA here. Grapefruit is the biggest aroma here with citrus and a small amount of roasted malt. But this is a hop monster. Lovely.
Taste matches the aroma here. Huge amount of hops. This is not a balanced beer but that’s OK. It’s so flavorful it doesn’t matter. Huge grapefruit and citrus. Malt backbone of roasted malt and caramel. Awesome awesome stuff here. I could enjoy a ton of this stuff.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and chewy. Coats the mouth slightly.
I just fell in love with this beer. My fiance loved it too. I need to snag some more of this before it’s all gone good. Maybe you guys should release this again.
Thisis12ptfont (1192) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Aroma is yeasty, barley, earthy, leafy smells. Pours a very dark brown color with a very thin foamy top to it. Flavors are coffee, caramel, raisins, black liquorice and moderately strong leafy hops. Pleasantly smooth texture and genius malty finish. Overall, a spectacular brew by great brewers. I love Stone and Ninkasi but i havn’t heard of the other brewing company. Great, unique flavors that work extremely well together. I’d give this an A+ rating magicalpoet (24) - Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2012
This beer smells like pine and leafy matter. The hops are very prominent, with grapefruit notes, both of which stick all the way through to a bitter finish. Some chocolate and bittersweet from the brown malts, which makes for a great combo. An IPA? Yes. A brown? Not really. I’d call it more black IPA than brown. But in no way is that a bad thing! DocLock (10689) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Bottles from Capone’s and Craft. Pours turbid burnt sienna with 3-finger khaki head. Nose is vienna malt, piney hops, pineapple, mango, mild coffee. Has an initial blast of resiny sticky hops, followed by the malt, some tropical fruit, and some finishing malty bitterness. The malt does a good job of complementing the hops here. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Nice beer. Dark like cowboy coffee with aromas of spicy hop pine needles and malted meat. Medium nectar with excellent carbonation. A beautifully balanced beer from malt to hop, aroma to the bitter finish. A huge play on the fresh hop essence. Only mildly sweet with some roasted coffee bean and cocoa. This beer is very drinkable and I’m diggin’ it. dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2012
it is more brown than black and it has an amazing hoppy nose...hugely aromatic and resiny. Palate is perfectly balanced with some roasted malt, a little chocolate and a ton of hops. Finish is quick and crisp. Awesome.