RickTStiles (826) - 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 (1462) - 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 (3271) - 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 (2386) - Ouray, Colorado, 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 (479) - 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 (635) - 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 (4613) - 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.