Normally I'm not a dark beer drinking enthusiast because A: it reminds me of Guinness which sounds more like a meal than a drink. B: It's usually accompanied by several calories, which, lets all admit, is a beer drinker's kryptonite. C: It simply looks like engine oil – not appetizing in the least.
However, my growing IPA interests have encouraged new frontiers and to my surprise, I've been pleasantly surprised with Stone 15th Black.
- pours dark and thick with a small to medium head and mild aroma, doesn't hit with heavy hops, nor does it have a heavy hand in sugary malt, Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA (Stone Brewery in San Diego, CA) 10.80%
For one who is genuinely on the fence about most thick dark beers, Stone 15th Black IPA is a great bridge beer that stands out with all the appearance of a thick dark malt, but greets the palette with a delicious Coffee note that's accompanied by rich IPA hops and bitterness.