nickd717 (3637) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
First beer sampled at Boonville Beer Fest. Nice black color with a medium cream-colored head. Aroma of piney hops and roast. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, grapefruit, orange, and typical Stone hops. Palate medium with fairly high carbonation.
thefrutigers (104) - , Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: pours almost as dark as a Stout with a thin light brown head. Smells very piney with roasted malt molasses under tone. Tastes like an IPA Stout. Very complex in flavors anf piney bitter finish. Overall: this is a typical Stone beer... very very hoppy and very good.
Lowe1983 (1389) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a black color with a tan head. Aroma is of roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, coffee, a hint of citrus hops, and some dark fruits. Flavor starts off with the roasted flavors but gives way to the citrus hop finish. Not overly hoppy but it’s blended well. Not too much of an alcohol warming.
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - MAY 1, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours near opaque, but actually very dark cola color when held to light. Off-white head dissipates quickly with a thin rim lace.
Nose is a mixture of light fruits, perhaps tropical in nature, and a sweet roasty-doughy component that almost reminds me of a fresh batch of donuts with chocolate icing.
Palate offers assertive grapefruity hops up front that bully the palate, with a malt in the background that has long ago submitted to the hop domination. Dark color somewhat betrays the flavor profile in the sense that if you drank it blind I suspect you would just wager that it is a DIPA. Finish is a little tart and the hops pucker the mouth a little too much.
Perhaps it needs age, for the drinkability suffers a little right now.
brokephibroke (299) - Mead, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wonderful black pour with some red undertones. Thin off white head. Aroma of pineapple, grapefruit, soy and some wood. Flavor is pine, chocolate, dried fruit. Wonderful lingering bitterness after a coating mouth feel.
zizzybalubba (1608) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle from River City Cellars in Richmond. Pours black with a thin tan head; looks like a stout. Aroma of grapefruit, pineapple, and freshly cut grass. I could smell this one all day long if I wasn’t so anxious to drink it. Excellent flavor of tangerine and grapefruit with a nice sweetness on the finish. Every bit as good as I remember the Stone XI being. Top notch.
daleharshman (975) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 30, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from brewery. Pours a thick almost opaque black with some brownish hues. Finger and a half of brownish beige head. Really, this looks a whole lot like an imperial stout...until you take a whiff. Great hop aroma of pine with some crisp citrus peel too. More bitter pine along with some grass and citrus in the taste. Initial bitterness mellows and there is a bit of mild caramel sweetness. Medium body and some lingering bitterness. Different, but good.
emacgee (4376) - 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 didn’t 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 don’t know why they deemed it worthy of being done again. Why not 6th? This isn’t 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 doesn’t, 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 Stone’s 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.