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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.57%
Wants: 10
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A collaboration brew by BrewDog and Stone Brewing Co.

(Beer added by: PartyBear on 10-14-2009)
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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I typically find Stone beers highly overrated and just bland. This is actually one of the most unique beers, not just from Stone, but from any brewer lately. A black Belgian IPA, definetly something new. Here is my review:

A: Pours a dark brownish-black. Light doesn't penetrate the beer, but you can tell it is not nearly as thick and full-bodied as a Stout. Head and lacing is marginal at best.

S/T: The aroma is definetly that unique Belgian IPA smell. A nice mix of citrusy hops and spicy Belgian character. The flavor is very nice and unique. You get the citrusy hops upfront, along with that nice spicyness. Not quite grapefruit, maybe more along the lines of an apricot. Some pine and grassyness. Belgian yeast is also present. There is a slight roasty chocolate flavor in the finish, but it is really subdued. I actually like this more than both Sublimely and their regular Belgian IPA. Complex and tasty beer.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Finishes very smooth. This drinks very easily such a high ABV brew. Only slightly bitter in the finish with a combination of bitter hops and roasted malts.

This is easily my favorite Stone collaboration beer yet. I might even like this more than any of their regular beers. Its such a complex and unique beer, and the drinkability is through the roof. Not the best Belgian IPA I have had, but still an excellent choice.

Photo of GbVDave
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Batch 352
Bottled on 12/12/10

I originally tried this on draft at Sheffields during the Darkness release party, but this review is based on the bottle I had.

A: Pours an evil, RIS black. Up top is an exceedingly creamy layer of dark khaki colored foam. Head retention is excellent and a full, unbroken sheet of lace was left coating the glass.

S: Interesting nose! Heavily roasted malt lets loose aromas of smoke, coffee, peat, and burnt caramel. Hops are also quite prevalent with aromas of pine, citrus, and grass clippings.

T: Tastes just as it smells, at first. As it warms the hops take on an herbal/floral type flavor. Black strap molassas, bakers chocolate, brown sugar, and dark fruit round out the taste.

M: Relatively smooth and creamy during the beginning and middle with layers of sweetness, too. As the finish approaches, this turns bitter and dry with a nice spicy prickle on the tongue.

D: Not sure if I would consider this to be any sort of IPA. English, American, Belgian, or otherwise. But, it's definitely a very interesting collaboration and worth seeking out.

Photo of jampics2
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into my Pike tulip :)

Looks great. Nice lace, sticky head.

Smells like some pine, US hops, and I pick up a little roast and Belgian yeast.

Taste is really good. Goes from a malty hop kick to a dark roasty Belgian in a smooth transition. I get it - surprisingly, this is really a black Belgian IPA. It's flavors proceed from a hoppy-IPA rush to a Black malt roast to a hint of yeast. No real finesse though, would like to see more of a transition between flavors. Still innovative, though.

Nicely carbed, good mouth.

Only thing that hurts drinkability is the extreme amount of flavor. But I don't want another, and this wasn't rough but was hearty and unforgiving. Worth a try just for the mix of extreme flavors in a innovative beer.

Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip glass,nice tan head.deep brown,nice lacing.pretty good.

roasted malt,dark fruit,herbal hops,bit of earthy dirt like notes as well in the nose. pretty good,just doesn't have that belgian scent in the nose.

roasted coffee flavor upfront and throughout, herbal and citrus hops,not overly bitter. somewhat earthy,bit of caramel,slight dark fruitiness,off-dry. pretty interesting,just not very belgian ipa like.

mouthfeel is good,doesnt detract from the beer.drinkability is pretty good.just doesnt have that belgian ipa fruity estery profile. just tastes like a black ipa.not that there is anything wrong with that,just not what i expected.

Photo of Gmann
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a near black color with a very small, almost non-existant tan head. The nose has an orangy/citrus aroma from the hops with a bready roasted malt. The taste is an odd mix of citrus, piney, resiny hops and roasted malt. Light charcoal and bitter chocolate notes from the malt. The malt and hops seem to clash. Flavors seem to mesh towards the end. Not sure if it gets better as it warms or my taste buds are neutralized. Moderate body with soft almost flat carbonation, dry and bitter; asprin like characteristics in the finish. Not a big fan of this brew; others will like it. The flavors don't seem to mix well. A hopped up schwarzbier. No Belgian characteristics that I can pick up.

Photo of Beejay
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep brownish black with a full finger of latte colored head on top.

S: Hops and loads of them. Smells like sniffing a bag full os dried hops. Dry, grassy, leafy hops.

T: Hops hops hops. But a very interesting sweetness behind them. This is a complex beer. Something very earthy about this. Like Grass clippings mixed with peat and smoke. This is something different.

M: Creamy smooth. Carbonation is just right.

D: Overall a very nice beer. Earthy, pungent, and creamy smooth. Not sure if I would do more than one in a night, but what a beer to end my night with. Excellent.

BTW Best F-ing beer label of 09.

Photo of SkunkWorks
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my notes:

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. This is the only Belgian IPA I've had so take this with review with a degree of salt. Oddly enough, the bottled on date mirrors what the other reviewers have said; it was bottled a year from now. Stone and Brewdog apparently have combined forces to become the first time traveling pair of breweries. Pours jet black, looking almost like a stout. The head is a thin off white that left behind good lacing.

The aroma is as I'd expect from a dark beer; roasted malts, hints of coffee and chocolate. There are also hints of some spices (my senses aren't attuned enough to tell you which they are). There's a little hoppiness there also in terms of a citrusy hop aroma. Tastewise, the beer is nice and smooth and easy to drink. I don't taste the alcohol at all. There's a little chocolate up front along with the taste of Belgian yeast. It is followed by a hop flavor.

Overall, a nice beer definitely worth trying especially since its a limited run. Its my first beer from Brew Dog so I'll hopefully try something else by them (though they have been a bit too expensive for me where I've seen them). I don't think I'd get it again though. Cheers.

Photo of movingtrain
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a St. Bernardus Watou goblet.

Pours a dark black with a very light head. Not much carbonation in the appearance at all. A bit of an oily slick resting on top of the beer.

I am interested here...the bottle states "Black Belgian Style Double India Pale Ale." Also, another interesting note from the bottle...the bottle date is listed as "12.19.10."

The aroma is quite peppery...lots of black peppercorn smell. Behind that, there are hints of chocolate, honey, sage, rosemary, chai tea...but the pepper dominates in the nose. For a DIPA, this one isn't fitting the bill in terms of aroma. Which isn't to say the the aroma is bad, it's just not the expected.

Taste is all over the place...that pepper aroma is definitely present in the taste...along with hints of cherry, caramel, some bitter hops, chilies, chalky-dry chocolate, cinnamon, and...well, back to pepper. As the beer sits in the glass, some of the IPA qualities begin to appear...bittersweet honey-like flavors...a little bit creamy.

The mouthfeel on this one is interesting...very poppy, and actually quite pleasant.

In terms of drinkability, I'm not sure how much I could take of this one. It's interesting, for sure...but not one that is overly drinkable by any means.

Overall, this is an interesting brew...and a nice collaboration between the two breweries...something unique and out there...which seems to be the style of these two...way low in hops, which is uncharacteristic of Stone...but, it's a collaboration, and I'd say the union of the two breweries has turned out a nice, interesting beer.

Photo of BevMoAndrew
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a BrewDog chalice glass at Stone Brewing Co.

Pours a jet black in the goblet with a very creamy, off-white head and good lacing. On the nose are aromas of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, white pepper, baking spices, subtle smokiness, orange, easy grapefruit, & a classic Belgian yeast (a little funk + a little fresh bread). The beer is extremely smooth over the palate with Belgian yeast & chocolate up front complimented by a definite hop bitterness (not overbearing) from beginning to end. Long finish, great mouthfeel, and creamy texture. The beer definitely has some weight to it, but extremely smooth (esp. for a 8.6%abv), which is what I've found BrewDog infamous for! Overall, I was extremely impress with this beer; unique, complex, smooth, and very easy to drink. I'm definitely looking forward to this being bottled!

Photo of hosehead83
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle with "bottled on" date of 12-19-10, even though I bought this on 11-14-09-Is this a beer from the future? Anyway, poured into my Arrogant Bastard pint glass--Deep and dark, with a sturdy, two-inch tan head of foam
Aroma-Coffee and citrus notes
Taste-Chocolate, coffee, citrus and roasted malts-very complex and dynamic--Almost porter-like, with a dry,citrus-hop finish.
Overall, kind of reminded me of the '09 Verticle Epic, very complex, creamy, spicy, and mysterious. A bit pricey at 5.99, but worth a try if only once.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark brown/black with a very thin off white bubbly head. Nose is sweet, Belgian and a bit bready.

Taste is ok, it's got a belgian kick to it and it's slightly boozy. There's definitely a Stone inspired hopping schedule in this one, nice and west-coast bitterness to it. It's a very interesting brew, reminds me of both the Rock Art belgo-American IPA and stone's sublimely-self righteous.

Photo of billab914
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft at paridiso in Georgetown. Dark appearance, almost black. Looks just like a stout. Laced very nicely down the glass. Smell as very citrusy, a lot of hop aromas mixed with aome roasty chocolaty malts. Tasted very good, lots oh citrus hops and roasted malts much like rhe aroma. Tasted like they mixed an IPA with a stout as it had very good charistics of both. Since I love both styles I enjoyed this one.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, this one is all over the f'in place. Belgin. IIPA. Dark. Rate this one on the experimental style.

Vigorous pour gives two fingers of dark tan, large bubble head, that dissipates quickly, leaving a lot of lace. Opaque, no light gets through, pitch black. Looks enticing.

Aromas of pine and citrus hops that mask some roast. Layers of hops, then roast, then alcohol. There might be some malt in there, but it's fighting to come to the surface. Nothing belgian here. points off.

First taste - Sweet malt, roast, hop bitterness, alcohol on the fade. roasted bitterness is in there as well. Some sourness is faintly there. The layers on this are just amazing.

Mouthfeel is full. Not a session beer by any means. This is a late night, last call, don't get too far from the bed/couch beer. Roast really sticks with you. Mouthfeel like a luscious RIS, but with a hop punch.

This is NOT a session beer. but I would drink it again, and again, and again. Just not on the same night for fear of getting my ass kicked.

Say good night Gracie.

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ouncer, $6.99 a bottle (wtf?) @ DeCiccio's in Ardsley, NY. Batch 298, Brewed on 25/12/10 according to the rear (wtf #2) Pours near black, moderate, loose mocha head, that leaves all kinds of fine bits and strands of lace. Nose is loaded with aromatic hops. Pine, citrus and earthy notes all picked up. Big juicy grapefruit hoppy notes, smooth and satisfying. 8.6% no where in sight. Not sure where the "Belgian" comes into play here, tasted like a fairly typical, high quality SD IPA. Over priced, one time only for me. Much better values out there in the IPA/DIPA world.

Photo of Wildman
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a almost black color and formed a small medium tan bubbly head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, hops, and Belgian yeasts. The flavor was of malt, chocolate, coffee and a hint of hops. The body was fairly light and the finish slightly burnt. As an IPA, didn't get much of that in the flavor, and although the Belgian influence came through in the aroma, it didn't translate into the taste. Not really a bad beer, just didn't accomplish what it did with other partnerships or their own experimentation.

Photo of homebrew311
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It was nice to see a tap handle with the Stone label in Chicago! Had to give this one a try. Not real familiar with Brew Dog's beers, but I have tried one of their IPAs. We all know what kind of IPAs Stone is capable of making. So here we go...

A: pours very dark, no light shines through, black, thin brownish white head appears on pour but quickly disappears

S: piney hops are the first noticeable aroma, smells just like high alpha acid hop pellets (pre-boil). The nose is bitter with some roasted malt character.

T: The taste is similar to the nose, but the hops are way toned down. The flavor falls flat as it doesn't seems to have a nice malt backbone. Something tastes watered down. Maybe this is because I am not used to belgian style IPAs, but something just seems to be missing. The only other black IPA I have tried is ST Iniquity, and I enjoyed that one much better. This one was a bit of a disappointment for me.

MF: thin body for a strong IPA, a tad sharp, hot from the booziness

D: At $7.50 for a 10 oz pour, I don't see myself seeking this beer out again. It was an intriguing attempt, but I feel that Stone and Brew Dog are capable of far superior beers. This was too hot from the ABV to enjoy more than a servings worth

Photo of jgasparine
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the tap with a rocky, 3/4" thick, creamy tan head, which slowly receded to reveal some lovely lacing. The body was a dark opaque brown... reminiscent of cola, with no carbonation visible from the sides of the glass.

S- Simple (yet elegant) aromas of burnt candy sugar, roasted malt, and earthy hops comingle with subtle hints of dark chocolate.

T- A near-perfect replicate of the nose, but with a much bigger punch of hops than anticipated... I am convinced that the hops was one of Stone's contributions to this recipe... they taste very American... but they are not overpowering, and they contrast the other flavor suprisingly well.

M- Nice firm chewy body, with some gentle carbonation...works nicely with this beer.

D- Quite drinkable. I was aprehensive about this beer at first- the thought of "Black Belgian Double IPA" (as it was described on the beer menu at the bar) was somewhat of a paradox... but clearly this concept can be quite tasty when put into practice!

Photo of Brad007
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a reddish tint and two-finger head into my pint glass. Lacing lingers on the edges of the glass. Nice presentation.

Aroma is a mixture of grassy, floral hops with a bit of roastiness, dark fruit and cream in the nose. Definitely an interesting mix of aromas here.

Taste is strong with a good pummeling of grassy, citrusy hops followed by dark fruit, cream and alcohol warmth. Very complex mingling of flavors.

Mouthfeel is dominated by hops and the alcohol heat. Goes down in a hot way followed by a good amount of lingering hops and mild cream.

Certainly what I expected from both breweries but I still have to give Stone the edge with what they can do with hops. Brewdog handles the malt part pretty well. This certainly doesn't taste like a traditional belgian ipa. It's more like a Belgian Black IPA. Worth a try but age it for about 6 months to where the hops haven't faded too much, but the alcohol warmth has.

Photo of Twitchsey
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black/brown, completely opaque with a light tan head that quickly dissipates with minimal lacing.

Initial smell is that of chocolate and vanilla with a hint of coffee to it. has a bit of hops presence making a very unique mixture to it.

taste up front is that of a burnt note of malts. almost like a bitter coffee, taste to it. possibly a mixture of the hop characteristics and the roasted chocolate malt mix. Has a bit of a sweet note before ending with a hop bite to it.

very robust mouthfeel, heavy with a light carbonation. could be a little more... soft on the mouth. like more of a cream texture.

Drinkability. Great. Nuff said. I wish I had more of this to keep around for later.

Photo of klewis
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown with a moderate foamy head. Plenty of lacing.

S: Mocha and vanilla aromas with a slight aroma of Belgian phenols.

T: Burnt, phenolic taste up front with a blast of hop bitterness in the finish. Moderate astringency with some heat.

M: Full-bodied with light carbonation. Super smooth with an intensely thick and creamy texture.

D: As I suspected, there are just too many competing forces in this one. It's good and a great try by Stone and Brewdog, yet I'm skeptical if it's possible to make a black double Belgian IPA and have all of those flavors work together. Worth a try.

Photo of TheKingsOfHop
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into our Portsmouth tulip glasses:

A: Black body with an 1/8 of an inch of beige head that quickly dissipates to nothing.

S: Really huge hop presence of pine, and grapefruit that evolves into a Belgian yeast aroma. There's a slight hint of sourness that really compliments the overall smell. Very unique...

T: The front of the palate is light and floral, midway through there are notes of sweet roasted malt that help add a creaminess to the brew. The back of the palate is bittersweet hops. The best way to describe this flavor is (Chocolate Covered Hops) melting in your mouth, and it is absolutely delicious. This beer is definitely one of a kind.

M: Light bodied and refreshing. No carbonation at all.

D: Very drinkable; again another limited beer that is highly recommended if you can get your hands on it.

Cheers,
The Kings Of Hop

Photo of mikey711
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark dark brown, near black(only a tinge of light gets through at the bottom of the glass. A tan head sits on top that is nearly an inch and a half thick. Spider webs are left all over the glass as the head begins to dissapate after a few minutes.

S: A nice mixture of roastiness, beligan style esters and a slight bit of hops.

T: The roastiness comes through first. Slightly bitter with a bit of mocha and toffee. It then transitions to a slightly fruity and sweet flavor before finishing with a slight floral hoppy finish

M: Robust flavors and a full body. Not booziness, but a bit more creaminess would have helped.

D: Went down pretty easily but I wouldnt want a second bottle.

Photo of drabmuh
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft at Churchkey in D.C. The menu labeled this as a Black IPA, this site has it labeled as a Belgian IPA (since there is not such thing as a Black IPA, I suppose this makes sense). This is apparently a collaboration between the California brewery Stone and Brewdog Ltd in the United Kingdom. Served in a snifter.

Beer is black - brown. Its dark in the glass but you can see through it when held up to the light in the corners. Thin white head with some lacing on the glass. Cannot tell how the carbonation is, too dark.

The aroma is complex, some roast, some alcohol, but the pine hop aroma is very evident. The aroma is very pleasing and not in your face aggressive.

Based on the amount of roast in the nose I was expecting a lot more in the beer but not so much. Some sweetness, maybe even some chocolate up front in the mouth. A slight roasty bitterness at the back but the hops are the winner in that regard. The hop bitterness is not overwhelming either though. It is nicely balanced with the sweetness up front and the roast in the back.

Drinkability of this beer is really high for me, but I'm a hop head. I'm not sure what is Belgian about this beer, nothing about it strikes me as such. It is more like a IPA meets brown porter sort of beer. Mouthfeel is good as well, medium body, not too thick not thin at all. I would drink it again and I would also recommend it to IPA lovers.

Photo of BarrelO
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 352. Bottled on 12/19/10? Wait, that can't be right.

A: Thin black body. Shockingly, there's no head at all, just a thin film of bubbles. No lacing either.

S: Incredibly roasty and grainy. Almost reminiscent of dog food.

T: The roasted malts and American hops are both present, but it's like they both cancel each other out. Pretty mild overall. Nothing really Belgian about this beer.

M: Could stand to be thicker.

D: I didn't really care for this initially, but it grew on me as I continued to drink it. It really needs more carbonation, though.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a dark black opaque no ruby highlights when held toward the light it's almost like a UK version of the Sublimely Self Righteous Ale. Large mocha tan head forms after a sturdy pour downward into my Gulden Draak chalice. Lacing is thin and scattered, and the head dwindles rather quickly with the higher abv.

Aroma had dark roasted malts with dark fruits mainly plum with a nice brash hop bouquet kicking. Those hops are full of pine, citrus, and earthy notes. A nice reduced syrupy glazed caramel accent among the dark roasts of bitter chocolate and a touch of coffee.

Flavor is creamy and sweeter than expected hops don't kill me on the palate a touch of hop bitterness with minimal hop flavor. Vanilla and caramel malt tones with a roasted malt dark chocolate and bitter coffee really weigh in, it's complex with deep ripened fruit notes as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation a distinct slight syrupy feel to it with minimal hop oils gliding along. Dark roasted bitterness from the deep malted barley sticks around on the palate with a touch of hop bitterness.

Drinkability is nice not the hoppiest DIPA but a nice surprise from across the pond. I like how Stone didn't throw too much hop bitterness influencing the BrewDog lads. I nice mix of dark/hoppy without killing me with hops. Made for an interesting style of beer, Scottish style Black DIPA.

Bashah from BrewDog
87 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.