flatmatt (1208) - 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 (1559) - Costa Mesa, California, 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 (816) - 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 (1426) - 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.
OldGrowth (2850) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pint@ tylers apex. good aroma. strong. big roast/burnt malt scent. with a sweet streak, pine, little candied yeast scent. brownish black color. good head and lace . bitter sweet flavor. thick body heavy mothfeelbiiter finish.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2011
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Pours black as motor oil from an old tractor with a tall chocolaty creamy head that just sits there like a stubborn muledeer on a lazy morning. Smells of hops, chocolate and coffee bean. Full and rich on the tongue and cheek with a soft roundness like cold, melted bitter chocolate. This brew is amazing as they have created a monster with perfect balance. Not unlike a sasquatch in a velvet smoking jacket waltzing on the edge of a dark forest. This brew is mysterious and brooding, steeped with irrationality. Keep the faith and trust in the force Magnum.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - AUG 21, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle. Pours an opaque black color with a small tan head that soon recedes to something that looks like pond scum. The aroma is kind of odd with coffee-ish and hoppy notes. The flavor gives me big blasts of chocolate, mocha, coffee; and lastly, resinous piney hops. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. The finish is long with lingering biter coffee. Overall: This is a big bold beer and I loved this take on the black IPA, well done Stone.
crackedmachine (473) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep, opaque black with a medium, tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, with dark chocolate and nuts. The hop aroma is less dominant, mostly pineapple and fruit. Flavor is an odd mix of chocolate, coffee, and very bitter, dank, fruity hops. A broad spectrum of flavors are present here, but not exactly in harmony. Feels fairly heavy due to the stout flavor, not the high ABV. Bizarre but enjoyable enough. Points for taking the questionable CDA trend to an interesting place.