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.
gorditoabd (629) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 20, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours dark black. Minimal red-tan head... Quick to fade and lace. Nose of rich dark malts, touches of orange zest. It’s like a stout, with a light quality that speaks to it being an "IPA". Complex dark bitterness, sweet citrus qualties, a mild anise and coffee blend all make up the body and taste of this brew. Good slick and oily mouthfeel, but nothing too cloying. Smooth and subtle, the way so many Stone brews are not. Good anniversary brew.
emacgee (4377) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark black with deep chestnut brown edges and one finger of chestnut brown head. I enjoyed the nose on this one, rich and bittersweet chocolatey notes. Lots of citrusy notes with sweet coffee. Very bitter and astringent. Lots of grain acidity and bitter citrus rind. Full bodied and not so great on the tongue and finish.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yet another big anniversary beer from stone. Jet black pour with a solid brown head that just lingers and lingers. Nose is some chocolate but really big sweet orange and grapefruit and floral hop characteristic. Flavor is extremely roasted and slightly charred astringency but not in a bad way along with stones signature intense bitterness. Full bodied but not sweet. Silky feel. Good but different than what one used to.
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
bomber. Midnight brown stouty w/ tan head. Muddled nose (??i am a bit stuffy??) but oranges, roast, & scotch. Silky smooth body that pricks w/ citrus yet finishes hinting at smoke but definitely roast. Boozy end. IPA? Meh. Stupid complex? All F’n Day.
MiamiRedhawk (12) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2011
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
antoher great beer by stone, i had this on tap at Ballydoyle Aurora, IL served in a snifter, very nice beer. Trying to get a couple bottles to add to my cellar.
brokensail (13245) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: The beer pours almost black in color with two fingers of tan head that has great retention and lacing.
S: Smells like a classic hoppy Stone beer. Tons of grapefruit peel and pine with some intense herbal and woody hop notes. There is a fair amount of roast to it. A hint of fruit on the finish.
T: The roast flavor is a bit more powerful than I expected. There is a touch of chocolate followed by lots of grapefruit and a little bit of pineapple. Herbal and piney hops on the back end with a lot of bitterness.
M: The body is quite full with a medium carbonation with a lingering bitterness.
O: Not as good as Stone 11 or SoCal Hop Salute, but not bad. A bit boozy as it warms in the glass.
BOLTZ7555 (2969) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, this one is all kinds of CrAzY!!! Motor oil pour with a dense chestnut foam that leaves suds clinging to the inside of the glass. Visually, would easily mistake this for a world-class stout. Nose is aggressive pine, cocoa, freshly brewed coffee and molasses. The citrus notes, if present, is overpowered by roast. Flavor is a bit eye-crossing at first but your palate adjusts. Again, lots of dark malt, brown sugar, chocolate, Ponderosa, and just a hint of grapefruit. Thick and chewy. Definitely not bright enough to be even thought of as an IPA...but it was an experience!
RedSox2004 (1443) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - AUG 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black with a thick strong brown head that retains well and leaves excellent sticky lace. Sure looks like an imperial stout. Lots of everything on the nose - resinous pine, chocolate, coffee, citrus. Same thing on the palate - a shot of hops bitterness followed by a long smooth chocolate and espresso sweetness. Full bodied, minimal carbonation, silky creamy smooth, and a lingering dark chocolate sweetness. Tastes and smells like they mixed a batch of Ruination with their RIS. Just a bit overwhelming.