Stone Brewing ‘Stygian Descent’ BA Imperial Black IPA


31958028_852595801591233_5676943246203289600_n“Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA practically named itself. The perfect melding of dark malts with a downright indecent amount of hops forges a complex flavor profile of assertive dark roastiness and big, bright hop notes for a singularly sublime¬†experience.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Predominantly black with a faint cola edge. The pour aroused a huge three finger head which retains exceptionally well. Tonnes of soapy lace sticks to the glass as we imbibe.

Aroma: Really dominant bourbon notes initially. Lots of woody oak tannins, spice, vanilla, treacle and mild smoky tones in support. Can’t find any real hop character, just a whole lot more roasty dark chocolate, charred wood and earth. Getting a subtle hint of the peppery rye as it warms.

Flavour: Pretty much follows on from the nose – top notes of sharp and semi sweet bourbon with piercing booze, woody oak tannins and burnt chocolate. Tasting some of that earthy spice on the flank as very very subtle hints of pine/spruce come through the middle. Roasted malts, toasted grains and spicy whiskey are finished off with a warning booze burn in the tail.

Mouthfeel: Nice and full. Well warming (11.6%) with medium co2 and a well tempered 90 IBU. Aggressive but surprisingly smooth.

Overall: It’s certainly a complex little number. The time spent in KY bourbon and rye whiskey barrels is the biggest contributor along with the subtle smoky notes. Look, it’s nothing to write home about but it’s still a decent drop.