fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bistro DIPA Fest. Pours dark brown, roasted malts, caramel, hoppy, little coffee, little citrus.
trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
11th Anny on-tap at Ashley’s in Ann Arbor. Pours a dark black, with little head. Smells is an unmatched combination of roasted coffee and hops. Taste follows this. It finishes clean and hoppy, but the body is full and rich sweet coffee. A treat for your tongue.
RedSox2004 (1349) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - FEB 6, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque black with a tinge of ruby, frothy two finger head that dissipated to a rather thick film and fantastic lacing. Sharp pine hops hits hard, followed quickly by grapefruit and orange. Taste follows, supported by a solid toasted malt backbone and a smokey, almost ash-like quality. Full bodied, medium carbonation, and complex aftertaste of the piney hops with an increasingly strong maltiness. Outstanding.
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Winter Storm ’09. Pours a soft black color with a mocha head. Predominantly features hops, pine, and earthy malts. Finishes hot. Shy of harsh, but certainly aggressive.
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at O’Briens SD. Funky, blast of hops on the nose. A bit of sweetness, very complex, herb and vegital. Extremely long length. Color was black with a brown standard type cask head. Hops really dominate and the malt create a unique brew. Much different from the 11th bottle enjoyed a week prior. Interested to see how current bottles compare.
SHIG (3703) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a black with light brown head. Aroma is citrus, hops, and malt. Wow the hops came alive from first taste and there was a back wash of alcohol and citrus to keep my tongue numb. Wish I would have broke this one open when it was fresh!
jjuf1853 (1246) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at International Beer Garten (Lutz, FL. Listed as 11th Anniversary Black IPA. Pours a dark brown/black color with a tan head. The aroma contains a very noticeable hop presence, but there are also notes of roasted malts and coffee as well. Love the interplay between the roasted malts and citrus hops in the flavor. Very nice bitter finish too. This was a treat!
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - FEB 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh bottle. Rich malt and piney hops dominate. Some citrus and caramel also. Drink this one as fresh as you can get it.
zach8270 (3625) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 22 oz - 2007 vintage) Sampled as 11th Anniversary Ale. Chocolate pour with a puffy tan head. Aroma is mild citrus mixed with some spruce, hops, and roasted malts. Flavor is lightly roasted at the front with a very nice hop middle blending with some caramel and toasted malts and finishing with a very smooth and floral hop bite. Pretty nice.
badgerben (4510) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering, January 10, 2009. Bottle as Stone XI. Courtesy of BDR. Dark red color with no head. Big citrus and pine aroma. Mostly pine hops in the flavor. Vegetal. Heavy roasted malt.