cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - AUG 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle - Pours a dark brown color with a two finger thick tan head. Decent lacing. Aroma is resin pine hops. Flavor is light chocolate and pine hops. There is actually a nice balance. Hops linger in the finish. Medium to full body. Very nice.
nearbeer (3905) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 23, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Deep ebony with a small, thin head that tries to last. Big nose of orange creamsicle and ozone, with some light resin and chocolate-caramel. Hints of iodine and coffee. Taste is similarly sweet on the front; then progresses to dark fruit, roasted coffee, soy, and cocoa. Finally some prickly resin and citrus hop make for a dry finish. Heavy body has a nice little abv warmth, and the super smooth, nitro-like carbonation provides a velvety mouthfeel.
richiesd (31) - California, USA - AUG 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is truly a wonderful black ipa. I like this profoundly more than sublimely self righteous... it’s essentially like an extra-hopped stone 11th. wonderful!
Jet black with good carbonation, great fresh hops on the nose and an as expected flavor profile. Overall, a solid beer. Dark IPAs are not necessarily my favorite style, but this one is very tasty.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. This is alright by me. It’s like two of the greatest things on earth, an Imperial Stout and an IPA. Sometimes I like mixing Dr Pepper with Coke. That has nothing to do with this beer, but I thought you should know.
flatmatt (1177) - Northville, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle for rating #650. Pours black with a tan head. Cocoa aroma with citrus and pine hops. Nice thick palate with bitter pine and citrus hops, cocoa, dark fruit, light coffee, occasional anise. This is the kind of (imperial) black IPA I like.
haddon90 (1503) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep black pour with a thick, tan head. Strong, licorice notes with a hint of dark hops. Seems roasted as well. Very complex aroma. Roasted hoppy taste with a nice kick at the end. Dry finish. Complex but very good.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours solid black with a huge creamy light brown head that lasts a long time. Aroma has lots of noticeable roasted malts and citrus and piney hops. Taste is well balanced with roast and hops, this is definitely one of the best I have had in this style. The alcohol is hidden very well.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Rating #35. Pitch black pour with a big tan head. Light malty aroma, very light on the hops really, kind of smells like fish, weird. Mild flavor as well, more muted hops with a light roastiness. (1869)
RickTStiles (807) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours black with a lasting beige head an some lacing. aroma is fresh hops and dark roasted malt. body is heavy. taste is pine, grapefruit peel, coffee and licorice. finish is strong and bitter sweet. a formidable beer with stone’s signature strength and arrogance.
peteinSD (1414) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the source. Dark stout-like appearance in the glass with minimal tan foam on the edges of the glass. Aroma is sharp pine, medium-grade bitterness from the hops, and an ambiguous chocolate/roasted malt backbone. Taste is dominated by the pine and nearly astringent bitterness of the hops. Strong and rough beer - almost medicinal in some aspects. Enjoyable but a bit too over the top. Perhaps it’s my own faulty memory but it seems like the anniversary series has been a slight reiteration of the same beer since the 10th.