BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
First of all, I am absolutely giddy that I found an IPA that I actually ENJOYED...WOO HOO. I dont normally like them, you see! Had on tap at Brews in Granville. Poured VERY dark brown, nice cream head. This was GOOD. Truly! Sweet roasted malt taste up front. Some sort of fruity taste in the middle, and followed by hops, but not OVERLY hoppy which is usually the problem I have with IPAís...This was truly a delightful brew!
shigadeyo (2917) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2013
9/19/2007: I was quite surprised when we opened up the bottle of Stone 11th Anniversary Ale and starting pouring it. I figured it would be a lighter/golden color, but it wasnít it. This beer is deep brown in color and is opaque in the glass as it absorbs most of the surrounding light. The pour also creates a big, cascading, dense tan/brown-colored head that then leaves slicky, foamy lacing on the glass. After admiring the appearance for awhile, the aroma shocked me as it was also unexpected at first (and then I read the bottle). HOPS! Tons of fresh hop cones with a tinge of alcohol and citrus underneath the fresh, green hoppiness. The flavor is a dichotomy and slightly confused. First comes the thick, dark caramel maltiness. Then the sicky, piny hops hit. It has a medium-full to full body and is smooth on the palate. It isnít creamy and syrupy, but it sure coats the mouth well. This is a BIG beer! Itís good right now, but I think this beer has the potential to be awesome in 6 months to a year or more. Time to hunt down a few bottles for the cellar...
22 fl oz bottle ( 8.7% alc/vol) shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #95 for this beer. Rating: 7/4/8/3/16=3.8
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September 2007 Vintage
9/01/2009: Stone XI 11th Anniversary Ale... Aroma: Wonderful caramelized maltiness with a hefty citrus hoppiness. Appearance: Golden brown color with a dense darge beige/ivory-colored head that is long lasting and leaves attactive lacing. Flavor: Really nice blend of sweet malts and bitter hops; bitterness is citrusy (grapefruit) along with some sweeter candied orange; moderate bitterness overall; really nice lightly coffee-like finish (roasty, slightly acidic, coffee bitterness) with a hint of apricot and tobacco; each drink makes you come back for another! Palate: Medium to mediuum-full, milky texture, extremely smooth, slightly creamy. Overall: This is a great dark IPA and really a definitive example of the style.
1 Pt. 6 Fl. Oz. bottle ( 8.7% Alc/Vol). Rating: 8/3/8/4/16=3.9
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1/27/2011: Stone XI Anniversary Beer... Aroma: Citrus
hard candy; semi-sweet chocolate syrup. Appearance: Jewel brown
color thatís mostly opaque; no lasting foam on top. Flavor: Sweet
chocolate and citrus syrup/hard candy; decent bitterness that fades
off rapidly; king of a flash in the pan, but still good; more leafy
hops followed by some tobacco in the finish; definitely packing some
alcohol. Palate: Medium body; slightly sticky on the lips; silky
smooth going down; a bit low on carbonation (would really help to make
this pop again). Overall: Good and easy to drink, but lacking its
22 fl. oz. bottle shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Score: 3.5
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 20, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On-tap at Hamiltons. Pours with a dark reddish-brown body topped by a medium thick, off-white head with lots of lacing. Itís very bitter and hoppy with a stomg piney note, a little pepper and a hint of grapefruit. A little bit of underlying malty sweetness shows through as well as some sourness. Medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish.
brentfeesh (1206) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - SEP 20, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle enjoyed with crab stuffed fillet and a crazy tomato-mozzarella-roasted pepper-basil tower thing I made. It went quite well with the dish. Pours chestnut-walnut-black with a light brown head. Fairly opaque. The aroma has pine and citrus hops surrounded by toasted and roasted grains. There are hints of brightness and coffee roasted sweetness that are hard to pin down. Very enjoyable though. The flavor is even a bit better than the aroma suggests. A well balanced but potent flavor combination that is very well integrated. Roasted grain with citrus hops, tons of spruce and hints of coco. Bitter roasted grain, hop coffee finish with hints of sweetness deep down. Creamy round mouth feel with a dry finish. Very good!
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - SEP 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottled and on tap @ papago...bottled version is nearly black with a fluffy tan head that trails behind the beer in the glass. seriously hoppy aroma with notes of chocolate, hay and floral qualities. wood, dark roasted malts and chocolate are flavors that are dominated by the hops. coffee aftertaste with a bit of nuttiness are once again overpowered by some aggressive hops. take a bit of everything stone brews and pour it into one glass=stone XI....3.5
on tap...much sweeter aroma with more pronounced citrus/grapefruit. creamier/rich mouth feel. malts,chocolate,earth and softer tones are amped up. 4.0
certainly over hyped but i could drink it all night. iíll give it a year to let the hops fade....
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In the aroma I get alot of grapefruit hops, some licorice, and lots of roasty notes. Pours pretty much black with a thin tan head. Nice and bitter. The hops pretty much over power everything else in this beer except for a little bit of sweet roasted malt, a little bit of yeasty notes, and the alcohol. Dry mouthfeel. Lots of noticable warm alcohol. This one would probably be very good if aged, as it would smooth out a bit. Pretty nice nonetheless, but not the best they have to offer.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz - Aroma is strong grapefruit with yeast bubblegum and brown sugar sneaking in. Pours black with a small head and great lacing. Flavor is drenched in alcohol. Citrus hops followed by chalky dark roasted malts. Palate is hot and tart. Interesting and different but a little too hot for me. I wonder if a little time to mellow would allow for the complexity to shine.
FoolishMortal (982) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Nearly completely opaque black-brown with a medium sized tan colored head. Keening pine and candied citrus hop aromatics, tinges of alefruit peer through as well. Heavy resinous citric hop flavor. Chalky, roasty pallor emerges afterwards. Bitter citrus rind and earthy herbal tones develop. Minor sweetness in the finish as the astringent and resinous characters begin to subside, with a faint nuttiness. Mouthfeel is a thick medium, somewhat drying.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 22oz bomber and served in a shaker. This brew poured an opaque black with a thick, creamy, dark tan head that slowly faded away. Some excellent lacing was left around the glass. The beer could easily be mistaken for a stout based on appearance alone. The aroma of the beer was made up of grapefruit, lightly roasted malts, and some faint milk chocolate. The flavor was filled with bitting grapefruit, roasted malts, and dark fruits. The mouthfeel was medium-boded with very light carbonation. This beer was an interesting twist on an IPA. The dark malts used held their own behind the large hop presence. Congrats on 11 years!!!
MakeItDrinkIt (66) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep deep brown to charcoal black in color with a thin head. Big hoppy nose. Chwwey hops with dark molasses/black cherry flavors, however the predominant flavors are from the hops, adding a grapefruit/citrus facet and overpowering the large malt bill. Somewhat like a fresh batch of barley wine... See <a href="http://www.1000BottlesofBeer.com"& for the complete review. Cheers!