rudolf (2345) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep mahogany body, medium dark tan head. Nose is citrus (grapefruit and orange rind), brown sugar malts, a little alcohol, some spicing makes me think of black oak nutcracker but this is big and zesty. Flavor is caramel and slight cocoa for a moment and then the big hops come in - amarillo? some fruitiness, some alcohol. A very interesting malt profile here - I donít know if it works - itís more a barleywine kind of thing (Actually reminds me a bit of last yearís bigfoot.) Very bitter finish that just barely hangs on as a result of the caramel. Interesting experiment and while I donít usually try to force things into styles this one being all over the place hurts itís final score.
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle 65 cl) Courtesy of kmweaver. Pours a clear, warm, reddish brown with a light brown head. Very fresh, peachy aroma. Medium body, light notes of caramel but otherwise completely dominated by peachy hop notes that also leave a massive bitterness. An exciting one. 021107
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another bottle from Smitty, its almost as if I was seeing if he could redeem himself after the almost vile IPA I consumed before this one. Pours out a dark brown color with a tan head on it. Smells like grass, chocolate, pine, hops, and really, it smells like Avery 14. Taste is rich and it has a nice fresh hop bite to it, almost like a porter with an over load of hops. Then the finish has a nice alcohol burn, which is not near like a porter, so that threw me off too. Whatever kinda beer this is, its a damn good one. Should be really good in a few months. Thanks A2M boy.
BitchesBrew (715) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[22 oz. bottle] Awesome appearance-- Jet black, with a foamy tan head. Definitely stout or porter-like. Huge hop aroma, grapefruit and pine, very little malt presence in the aroma, other than some slight sweetness. Flavors are fully of strong malt character, kind of dark and roasty-- and less sweet. Loads of hop bitterness really balance this beer out, in an interesting. Very citrusy, with some grapefruit rind and almost acidic character in the finish. Medium bodied. A very interesting beer, overall. I hope to pick this one up again.
rocbyter (1980) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - NOV 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolate, nut, heavy malt and coffee aroma. Dark amber color with a large tan head. Slight bitter start with sweet finish. Creamy palate
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Recieved from the excellent trader known as errantnight. Thanks for looking out Derek. A black IPA? This should be interesting. Stoneís 11th Anniversary pours black with some faint garnet highlights along the bottom and up the sides of the glass. A two finger beige head formed on the pour that does not disappear. This head sticks around throughout the glass and leaves big sticky patches as the beer disappears. Really good looking brew.
The nose starts, continues, and ends in hoppy goodness. Thereís not a whole lot of malt coming through but what does comes in the form of sweet caramel. Thereís also hints of caramalized-to-slightly-scorched sugar in there. Who cares about the malt right? The hops are where itís at with this beer. Brown sugar coated grapefruit pushes through quickly and leads throughout. My mouth waters as I smell this beer.
This beer tastes just like brown sugar coated grapefruit from the second it hits the tongue till the swallow. That sweet caramel and lightly scorched sugar trys to work through the grapefruit but falls far short. As a matter of fact this beer tastes identical to the way it smells. This beer will do a number on the tongue. You will be numb by the end of a bomber...After this beer gets closer to maybe 55 a mild bittersweet chocolate character comes through that adds a nice depth.
Medium body with a light creamy mouthfeel. I canít believe the weight (or lack there of) of a beer with this high an abv. Good lingering bitterness on the swallow sticks around until the next sip.
This beer is going down far to easy and far to quickly. Amazingly easy to drink for a high abv like this beer has. I would only drink one bomber at a time for the simple fact that your tongue takes a beating and Iíd feel like I wouldnít getthe most out of the second bomber.
Another great beer from Stone. I donít think these guys do anything wrong. A black IPA is a cool concept that I hope to see again in the future. Keep it up over there at Stone. I have yet to not be crazy about any of your brews.
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours out a extremely dark brown with a light red hue. Nose is mostly hops with some pine and a bit of malt. Flavor is hoppy, too hoppy in my opinion. Once the hoppiness dies down you get roast and citrusy acidic notes. I really wanted to like this beer, but it’s so unbalanced and it’s a bit too raw even for stone. This one seems unfinished. It’s just not that pleasant to drink.
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2007
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice brown head on top of a very dark brown, almost black body. Hardly any light gets through the beer, except a brown tint at the top and bottom. Very hoppy aroma with floral notes and citrus but also a little sour citrus notes as well- maybe grapefruit. The floral notes follow through to the palate as well. But the also a bit of a toast and coffee flavors. A bit too burnt tasting for my liking
Arayaga2 (1945) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black opaque with a fast-fading brown head. Aroma is sweet citrusy hop nectar. Taste is heavily bitter, floral and citrusy with an almost cloying sweetness. Still very delicious. (SBK:4) $7/22oz
Funknmilla (730) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2008 Bottled as Stone 11th ....Dark brown, looks almost black huh?...light brown sugar foam...pungent hop aroma, quite floral in its loveliness, smells like a fresh hop bud, well buds....silky body slithers down but not without a bumpy ride...its full on the initial mouth feel....lots going on....a burst of floral hops and citrus burst grapefruit seeds and lemon....a sweet mid-palate, malt fulfilled...a bitter sweet finish, one that lingers languishingly....Iíll say its rich toasty roasty muddled in the citrus...balanced as well........I imagine-------& restraints are tightened, as your thrusted down the track....malts flood the car as your eyes squint to avoid the citrus splashes.....around the curve...whooo...I love it!...descending into the dark this ride, then opening into light....a splash of foam, a rush of configurations, then it eases into a delicate, yet forceful push of the breaks....you get back in line"-J.F.