Fantomasus (291) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 20, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. Pours a deep dark chocolate with a big foamy head. Smells of sweet malt, roasted nuts, with slight hints of leather and gun oil. Entrancing. A big bold balanced taste of malt, chocolate, and fruit with hints of exspesso. A big quick hop finish that leaves a lingering dark chocalate copper. Wow. Nice work.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sent by my brother in law from new york. I thank him for thinking of me. Wonderful aroma and dark sweet malt with transcendent hop flavor. As always stone adds something that puts it over the top. I love this dark ipa and it is significantly different from Arrogant Bastard- the hop is more floral and the malt daker. Yashar koach!
1more4dessert (334) - Upstate, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
thin body is only demerit, burnt ochre color with tan foam an lace lingering head, definately get the roasty barley and super high alphas - like a suped up Hop Rod Rye or DFH Indian brown -
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. pours almost black coloured with a medium sized off-white head. Roasted and malty with notes of black ryebread,berries, fruit and of course lots of hops.
sandoz (7) - revere, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2008 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very dark brown,wasn’t expecting it to be this dark.Flavor Malt seems to be more prevalent,hops are there but barely.Aroma slighty Citrus and with a feint alcohol undertone.Very Good almost like a mix between Stone APA and Stone IPA.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2008 Pours a dark dark brown with a large tan head. I could smell the hops as soon as I started pouring this. Some caramel as well. Big bitterness. Solid, not spectacular.
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - FEB 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
a beautiful ale that is strong but enjoyable. big hops and malt profile that typifies american pale ale anchor this brew, a very good edition of anniversary ale from stone.
airforce1 (61) - Atascosa, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, and I thought this was Cascade hops. I could taste the Simcoe, but not the Chinnook. Note to self: Explore and learn more about hops. Dark, hoppy, yet effervescent with a wonderful malty balance that does not let the alchol shine through at all. Excellent brew.
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a thick creamy light beige head. A very tiny bit of lacing. Strong aroma of ruby red grapefruit and cotton candy. A good bit of bitterness. Tastes of juicy grapefruit buried in the ground. Very earthy finish. Has some roasted flavor at the end, but really the story is hops, hops, hops. Really light and refreshing for the look of it. Not really session-able, but quite tasty and pretty much what you’d expect from Stone.
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - FEB 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2008 Served cold from bottle. Pours dark brown/black with a fairly thick off-white head. Good lacing. Aroma is sweet with malts and some citrus-y flavors. Not particularly flavorful as far as I am concerned. The hops overshadow any of the other ingredients, which is fine, but I look for more flavor in a "strong ale". If I was in the mood for an ESB or an extreme IPA, that’d be one thing, but I guess due to the uniqueness of this beer and the quality output Stone normally produces, the 11th left something to be desired.