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Scotland, United Kingdom

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A collaboration brew by BrewDog and Stone Brewing Co.

Added by PartyBear on 10-14-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of TheKingsOfHop
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

The Kings Of Hop

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Photo of mikey711
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.32/5  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.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of Travlr
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy deep copper color with a wafer thin light tan head and a decent amount of lacing. Aroma of Chivas Regal, hints of scotch and oak. Flavor begins with almond and hints of chocolate, a slight edge of hoppy bitterness, and then finishes much more on the sour side. Interesting and complex.

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Photo of ATPete
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle

Pours a very deep cola/chestnut with a small bubbly tan head. Coffee some roasty chocolate notes with a leafy hop bitterness in the nose. More hoppy in flavor than in its aroma, a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste makes you crave another sip. Porter meets IPA, but im not sure this one quite fits into that Black IPA category... The alcohol is very well hidden and is dangerously drinkable for its size. Tasty stuff.

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Photo of Lunch
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, MD (11/02/09). Served in a 12oz. snifter at a colder than desired temperature, but allowed to warm to cellar temp.

A: Pours a very dark blackish brown with a half-finger of off-white creamy head.

S: Fairly subdued aroma consisting of a semi-sweet malt, citrus, dark chocolate and perhaps smoke.

T: Roasted malt with dark chocolate, a hint of citrus wrapped in a slight smoky flavor. The finish brings the bitter hops out and lingers for a while. Not nearly as intense as I was expecting, but nice none the less.

M: Full-bodied with a thick, oily mouthfeel and not much in the way of carbonation.

D: Seems quite drinkable as the 8.6% abv. is completely hidden, but the slight lack of flavor and aroma allows this beer to get a little boring after awhile.

Overall I find this beer to be quite interesting as it is a style (perhaps a Black Belgian IPA) that is not very common. This beer may need some aging or retooling, but I feel that it is certainly worth trying if you can find it just to experience the style. Recommended to try at least once.

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Photo of John_M
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's the other day. What the beer menu described as a black imperial IPA.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with pretty good head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, just some sweet malt, a hint of smoke and some underlying citrus and spice. Flavors on the palate were kind of odd initially I thought; the beer had something of a listerine flavor. However, with additional air contact I detected some peatiness on the palate, coupled with some moderate sweetness from the malt and some underlying bitterness in the finish. Maybe I'm wrong, but I would guess this IPA has seen some aging in scotch oak barrels. Mouthfeel is fairly full with a fairly long finish. Drinkability was OK, but the combination of sweet malt, smoke and alcoholic bite in the finish, was just a bit much for me. The one small glass I ordered was plenty and I probably would not order this one again.

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Photo of zoso493
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml into my trusty Duvel tulip...

Appearance: Pours a deep, deep black through which absolutely no light can pass through. It's adorned with the bubbliest one-finger head I've ever seen.

Smell: Beautiful scent of hops, citrus, fruits and berries. Really inviting scent.

Taste: Tastes up front of roasted malts and dark chocolate, completely contrary to what you'd be expecting from the smell. Finishes with a touch of stinging hop bitterness that lingers just a bit too long for my taste.

Mouthfeel: Very thick, much more than I'd expect from the style, with very little carbonation. Quite slick, as well.

Drinkability: Well, it's not tremendous, but I'll have no problems finishing this bottle. The alcohol, for what it's worth is practically unnoticeable.

Overall, this is a pretty solid brew that, in my opinion would be outstanding with a touch more carbonation. Definitely worth a try, though, if you can get your hands on a bottle.

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Photo of PartyBear
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Took a while to work out what category to put this beer in when adding it, unfortunately BA doesn't have a Black Belgian Style Double India Pale Ale category.

Anyway, this is the result of a collaboration between the ever innovative BrewDog boys and the growing superpower of the American microbrewing scene Stone. I love both these breweries, so this was an exciting prospect to me, and I bagged 12 bottles the day they went on sale.

Appearance: Almost jet back in the body, with very subtle dark red tints. There is a small tan head, that consists of quite large bubbles. Very light carbonation.

Aroma: There is a clear big hoppiness on the nose that you get from double IPAs, which sits alongside lots of berries and fruit, as well as a whisky-like oaky smokiness. There are definite notes of much darker, heavy fruits than you get in a normal DIPA, blackberries, grapes, lots and lots of forest fruits.

Taste: The initial flavours are bitter dark chocolate, and roasted malt woodiness, along with a substantial kick of hops, which is piney with a deep resinous element to it. After this the fruits become apparent, again, as with the nose there are lots of wild berries and forest fruits but they sit nicely with the persistent smokey bitterness. The bitterness lasts right through to the end, leaving a long lasting peaty chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The feel is quite oily and slick, more American in style than Belgian. The carbonation is slight, but this works well with the flavours.

Drinkability: For a beer that is over the 8% mark, there is no hint of alcohol, it is full of complex flavours, which makes this a superbly drinkable beer. This is a very unusual style but that is what people have come to expect from these two brewers, and in my opinion it is a style that could have a place in the beer world, I would certainly welcome more dark DIPAs with a heavier malt influence. World class breweries, and a world class beer.

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