ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown/black with good sized off-white foamy head. Aroma is nicely hoppy. Pine and citrus hop flavors are strong but not over powering. The malt gives a nice balance. Good strong ale/IPA.
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours very deep ruby-brown with a huge beige head that sticks around for awhile. Initial aroma is big citrus and pine. As the head fades the dark malt shows through, first faint chocolate then stronger toffee. The hop aromas, however, are dominant throughout. In the flavor, though, the dark malt shines: chewy toffee and caramel. Seconds after the sip the hop flavors begin to grow steadily, a lento crescendo to a delicious tart citrus coda. Both the hops and the toastiness of the beginning are present in the long finish. A very Stone-ish and very successful experiment.
rayg1 (532) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is one little gem I found at Whole Foods and snatched up instantly. Pours out a deep deep ruby red, almost black with a thick tan head about two fingers thick. In a second my nose is invaded by all sorts or citrus flavors, it is really kind of crazy this has the citrus elements of a highly hopped IPA but the looks of a porter or stout. However this is not a total hop bomb as there is a sweet aroma that fills the air as well. Upon first taste all you get is a huge smack of hops with grapefruit and pine charging in. However very soon after you get a slight roasted flavor almost like a porter but paired with the sweetness of a sweet or breakfast stout. This is a very good beer, I donít think this beer was meant to age though as this is an extreme hybrid of lots of hops and roasty and chocolatey malts. Good little experiment from Stone. Some people donít like Stone that much anymore but I call bullshit, they produce quality beer and this one is proof. This is honestley a beer that is a great blend of styles and unique all in its own right. Good job Stone!
OldMrCrow (1627) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2011 Labelled as Stone 11. I was curious to try this one but I managed to wait a week after buying it before diving it. Opening the bottle, I already get a huge whiff of grapefruit; the beer pours like dark cola with a modest tan head into my tulip glass. Now thereís more in the aroma: still that grapefruit blast, but also some molasses and roasty notes, mostly an IIPA aroma but with maybe a slight twist. But the flavor is a long way from straight-forward IIPA. The dark malts come in strong, coupling the IPA aroma and resins with something extra, chocolate and pumpernickel. The mouthfeel is ridiculously smooth; the 8.7% is covered over entirely between the powerful hops and the dark malt and I might have called this one at 7% if I hadnít known to expect more from Stone.
Iím quite impressed here, more so than I expected to be by yet another Stone IPA. This one goes in an interesting direction, and does so with far more grace than the recent Avery 14th in a somewhat similar vein. Iím quite eager to see what happens to the three other bottles Iíve got in the cellar as the hops start to fade. If the malts balance in without bringing on too much hop oxidation, this could be really nice with a year or two on it. 8/4/8/4/15=3.9
Oct 24 í07 - I couldnít resist cracking another bottle (stone 11) to compare to the 10th anniversary. No comparison; this one is really blood great, that one was crap. This could even go 8/4/8/4/16.
March 13, 2010. Drank my last 2007 bottle of this beauty. The age has done wonderful things; aged barleywine goodness mingles with dark chocolate toffee flavors, plenty of hop zing hanging around to round it out. Spendid; certainly 4.0, maybe 4.1. Definitely worth laying a bottle or two of SSSRA down for a few years. Iíll bump to 4.0.
March 6, 2011. Labeled as SSRA, approximately one year old. Spendid nose of chocolate-covered pineappele. Too much cocoa, not enough hop juice. Maybe thatís my own fault for letting it sit for a year, but itís more in the 3.8 range this go around.
Darkover (1508) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown color with a big tan head. Aroma of piney hops and some dark malts. Flavor is very hoppy and bitter with roasted malts in the background.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 22, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow this has some intense pine cone grapefruit blackberry roasted flavors. The dry hop piece tends to linger a bit too long along with with the roasted qualities but the rest of this is an enjoyable hoppy smack. There is a raisin dark chocolate caramel malt quality to this beer and I love the dark color it embues. It has a nice creamy texture. The alcohol comes out in the finish. Starts fruity and gets more bitter down the throat. I paid $9 for this at River St. Ale house in Pittston.
dankman (253) - Somewhere in, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one different beer, but itís really good. This beer drinks, smells and tastes like a mellow IPA but with the hints of roasted cofee and carmel youíd expect from some porters or a quadrupel. Quite unique, if you get the chance I suggest trying it.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours opaque brown with a nice light tan head. Stong hoppy nose, which almost tilts towards penicillin for me. There are other things in there, including roasty malts. I can see how for somebody whose nose doesnít associate that smell with penicillin it would be very interesting and alluring, but for me it was a warning bell. In the mouth, the warning was on target. Itís not as bad as, say the Goose Island IIPA, which was undrinkable, but for me it was distracting. I understand how people like this one, but I would take a 10th any day before this.
flemdawg (521) - Naples, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown body with a thin head of light tan bubbles. Aroma of citrusy hops, almost like a fresh orange along with some grapes, and a dash of yeast. The taste, wow. Hoppy hoppy hoppy. But also some roasty malts and a hint of coffee near the finish. A very interesting beer to say the very least.
Pailhead (4242) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2008 Bottle: The aroma has lots of pine and grapefruit with some faint caramel and chocolate. Pours a dark reddish- brown with some transparency when held to the light. It has a moderate beige head with good retention and moderate webbing for lacing on the side of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of fruit and caramel that is quickly overtaken pine and grapefruit in the finish. There is a light roastiness hidden behind all the hops in the finish as well. There is some light chocolate in the background. The hops really linger on the palate for quite some time. No detection of alcohol in the nose or flavor. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. As it warms the chocolate and caramel flavors increase to the point of making taste like a super hopped up porter.