emacgee (4309) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2009 (Stone 11th Anniversary) Thanks durhambeer for sharing. Pours a dark brown that sits black with a thin light tan head. The nose is sweet, shows some oxidation, some mild hop character. Flavor shows some sweetness, a little chocolaty, age is comin through hard, oxidation, neutral hop bitterness. Some roast on the palate and a medium bitterness.
Stone Sublimely Self Righteous
Pours a dark brown allowing light and sits black in the glass. Head is one finger thick tan. The aroma is sweet, citrusy hops, some roast character, somewhat enjoyable and intriguing aroma. Flavor is bitter and roasty upfront. Waxy/piny hop feel, some acetaldehyde. Palate is astringent to a degree.
Need to try fresh
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is an older bottle of 11th, so take this review somewhat in stride. However, fresh this beer didnít impress me either as opposed to the vast majority of people. Pours a very dark brown with a fairly hefty tan head. Aroma is of clean American hops - Centennial, Cascade, and Simcoe, as well as some very minor roast lurking behind the hops. Taste is mostly bitterness (now, fresh had a much more grapefruit bouquet), and a touch roasty. Not terribly exciting and I donít know why they deemed it worthy of being done again. Why not 6th? This isnít as complex, delicious, or enjoyable as straight Stone IPA, and the mild roastiness clashes with the hops in this case. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesnít, but I always applaud them for trying new things.
ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - APR 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Deep Ellum. Body is black with very little light at the corners. A tall creamy tan head had good resiliency and leaves spotty lacing. The nose and initial flavor is full of fresh crisp hops, with citrus peel, grapefruit and watery pine notes. The body feels heavy on the tongue, roasty and malty with lots of toasted nuts and chewy bread, but the hops and the carbonation carry this beer. I sometimes think Stoneís carbonation detracts from the beer, being too lively and acting as a thinning agent on my pallate, but it works to their advantage with this beer and allows the hops to break through the roasty body and come alive. Really nice.
phukktifano (159) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown/Black with thick tan head. Aroma is hops,alcohol and bitter chocolate. Flavor was the same very bitter with a licorice finish.
TBone (13718) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled (vintage September 2007, Vasa session).
Deep ruby-brown color, creamy beige head, some lace. Aroma is mix of yeast, hops and bread - like sniffing dirty socks (Miksu said that it is oxided hops). Crisp carbonation. Sticky hops in powerful body. Finish has licorice and grapefruit juice. Good beer.
oh6gdx (22105) - Vasa, FINLAND - APR 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled (as Anniversary XI, thanks stoutlover72). Deep amber clour, small brown head. Aroma is caramel, stinging fruity hops, some mild alcohol and some hints of breadyness. Flavour is grassy bitterness with some fruits, raisins and some caramel. Mild warming alcohol as well. Wellbalanced and pleasant.
beerlud (22) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich creamy head. Great lacing. Hops, peaches, peach cobbler, mint, subtle herbs (oregano, rosemary), pine needles and sap in the nose. Sweet cane sugar, and subtle peaches, pine needles and sap.. Loads of hops throughout into a long lasting hop finish. A typical Stone hop overload. Still a fantastic beer!
scoth (590) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown, black in the glass, with almost no light making it through. Medium tan head, and good, lasting lacing. Fragrant with loads of floral hop aromas, pine, grass, and grapefruit. Some notes of coffee and molasses too. Medium, velvety, dry body. Strong bitter grapefruit and grass flavor, with very subtle malt characteristics, maybe coffee and caramel. A long, intense bitter aftertaste. Looks like an Imperial Stout, tastes like an Imperial IPA.
Ughsmash (7331) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber, 11th Anniversary Ale. Poured iced tea brown with a fine cap of beige head. The aroma picked up toffee, brown sugar, and bakerís chocolate paired with grapefruit and toasted pine hoppage.. just a little nutty impression on the back. The flavor had dry, dark chocolate and bitter coffee along with bitter floral and citrusy notes.. long, grainy finish that carried through more bitterness than I expected. Medium-bodied and bitter on the palate with moderate carbonation.. balance was decent, but the finish was too abrasive for my liking.
livelaughlovep (108) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2009 This is such an amazingly strange beer... Its dark like a stout, hoppy like an IPA with a malty sweet swallow like a brown.
What is this stuff? Its great though! Wonderful rich mouthfeel, nose is fruity, with a dark and dry fruit taste in the mouth, decisively malty and dry finish.
What really gets you is how hoppy it is. Its so dark, yet the hops are really up in your face, bold, citrus ní pine that catches you off guard... well worth finding it!