BeNobleDark (62) - Allendale, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A fantastic black IPA. Subtly roasted, chocolate notes that become more pungent as the brew warms. Full of hoppy, malty, complex dark notes that will leave your palate wanting more.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a nice tan head on top. This beer pours more like a porter or stout! Aroma is full of pine, citrus, and grapefruit. Flavor is full of pine and grapefruit hops. Very balanced flavor profile with a nice bitterness accompanied with a nice sweetness. A very interesting beer and another good one to celebrate another year with Stone Brewing Co!
wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black IPA you say? Interesting. Pours deep brown/light black color. Aroma is strong with grapefruit/citrus/pine. Perfect bitterness and well balanced. This may be my favorite Stone brew yet....on to the Double Bastard!
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, Pours a deep dark brown with slight red tints. With a nice lacing brown head that dissipates fairly quickly. Hops dominate ever so slightly over the malts, which are well roasted. Hoppy, a nice hop structure, great bitterness, that also combines with some roast and cereal grains. its quite nice, A good balance. one of my preferred Stone brews. Thanks MrRomero.
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Duane shared a bottle of this with me. Thanks Dad! Deep brown pour, 1-finger tan head. Aroma was earthy, licorice, and plenty of citrusy, graprfruit hops. Flavor had some roasty, coffee character to it, but it was also dominated by the hops. This wasnít bad by any means, but the mixture of a heavily roasted malt base with Stoneís aggressive hop-profile just didnít work well for me.
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A black IPA? I didnít believe it when I was pouring it, I was sure it would taste like a stout or potter, but nope, it was all IPA all the time. Great hopy/citrus nose, bitter and flowery attack, long finish with malts and hops and dark fruitish flavous.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Collins a while back. Black with small head. Perfume hop aroma. Interesting taste...nice roasted malt with a little black licorice. a bit of metallic bitterness. Good beer, the bitterness just throws me off.
pineypower (3033) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours out black with a moderate tan head. Aroma of pine/citrus hops and roasted malts. Very appealing looking beer. Taste is complex, roasted malt, chocolate, pine and citrus hops. Very interesting flavor and very unique, similar to 3fís Alpha Klaus.
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle purchased at Sam the Beer Man in Binghamton, NY. Pours black brown, off white head. Aroma is malt, peat, tangerine, slight tomato. Flavor is the same with caramel, vanilla, grass, toffee, wheat, some burnt molasses.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stone XI is a solid black ale with red highlights. It has a creamy tan head with oily bubbles. Great retention and lacing. It has an aroma of licorice and medicine. It almost smells like seawater. There is salmiakki and something leafy in the nose. Itís medium-bodied and a bit sharp with a gritty finish. The roast really comes out in the flavor, along with a bit of chocolate. Itís quite bitter! It tastes like Christmas trees. Itís bold and flavorful and has good balance. Itís almost like... an imperial porter? Good stuff!