Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled during MN Gathering II in Maplewood, MN, and shared by BDR. From a 22-oz bomber as Stone XI Anniversary, pours a clear dark brown brew with an average sized beige head that slowly disappears to a fine ring. Aroma of citrus and floral hops, some roasted dark malts, dark fruits, roasted nuts and citrus. Taste is medium bodied, hoppy, with flavors of roasted dark malt, some apple, smoked wood and a little alcohol. Finish has a nice hop flavor without the extreme bitterness.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JAN 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Very dark pour, very little light penetration, nice tan head. Roasty hop aroma, very unusual, but good all the same. Nice hop bite with a little roasted malt in the backround, maybe even a litle coffee there as well. Good beer.
jkwalking05 (3914) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown with a medium beige head. Aroma is hoppy, with fruit and roasted malts. Taste is of hops and heavy malts with a little roastiness.
DSG (6332) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 18, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2011 Re-rate 10/29/11: Bottle sample at a tasting at Porter & Sons. Thanks to whoever brought this one. Dark brown with a bit of beige foam. Aroma of piney hops, some roastiness and chocolate notes. Flavor has some sweetish roasted malt and a bitter finish with some slightly stale hops. Medium-bodied. 6/3/6/3/13=3.1
Re-rate 8/22/11: Bottle at a tasting. Thanks Ariel. Dark brown. Aroma of grapefruity hops with flowers and pine needles notes. Flavor starts sweetish with faint roastiness but there’s mostly citric and floral hop bitterness with piney notes. Medium to full-bodied. Nice stuff. Roastiness is almost unnoticeable. 7/3/7/4/14=3.5
Re-rate 2/16/10: Bottle sample at a tasting. Thanks Shachar. As "Stone 11th Anniversary Ale". Dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, licorice, prunes, dates, carob hints and some flowery hints. Bittersweet flavor with chewy malt, caramel, dried fruits and resinous hops bitterness that’s getting stronger towards the finish. Full-bodied. Certainly tastes better this time around, not as messy as I remembered it. 7/4/7/4/14=3.6
(11/3/08) Draught sample at the brewpub in Escondido. Very dark brown color. Aroma of roasted malt, some coffee, licorice, hops, caramel hints and a bit of fruitiness. Dry flavor with roastiness, licorice, spices, fruits and alcohol. Medium to full-bodied. I’m not really fond of this. 5/4/5/3/10=2.7
KAF (448) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Skyview’s tasting. Brown pour. Smoked woody aroma. Flavor is full of nuttiness with a touch of smoke and a well balanced hop profile of citrus. This is great stuff.
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown/amber pour. Aroma was sweet and malty. Flavor was big and bold malts, a little hops and noticable alcohol. Aftertaste was nice roasty malts. Definitely recommended!
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JAN 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2009 22 oz. bottle, 2007 Stone 11th Anniversary bottle. Pours black with a reddish tint. Beige 2 finger head. The aroma is dominated by very earthy, funky hops and well-aged caramel. Not fresh due to the age, but far from bad. Flavor is like burnt caramel and a handful of musty earth. Smooth hop bitterness that lingers, medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. I actually liked this better aged than fresh.
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque red-brown pour with a nice light tan head. Fruity hop aroma with citrus and grapefruit. Slightly sweet fruity hop flavor. Lots of citrus and roasted malt. Like a mixture between an IPA and stout. Would like to try it fresh!
malrubius (1855) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - DEC 29, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce Stone XI Anniv bottle in pint glass. Dark brown/black with lasting head and lace. Hoppy citrus pine and toasted brown sugar biscuit aroma. Roasted brown sugar earth forest with mild ripe dark fruit a tiny tartness and medium bitter lingering finish. Medium-full body and medium carbo. Wow! Complex, different, and delicious. Not sure why I am surprised that this is so good.
trevor211 (1338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one has been sitting in my fridge for a little more than a year, and I finally pulled it out. Pours extremely dark amber - almost a black - with a tan head. The aroma has lots of smokey hops, roasted malts, some charcoal - like a stout with an unbelievably hoppy backbone, or even an IPA that was roasted for a good long while. A thick brew with a clean, dry finish - very interesting, and very good.