19Ei8hty (1170) - Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
With the hop-lineup this is sporting I couldnt imagine finding it all that great. WRONG. Great muthereffing drink. Hops gone wild in this roasty, full bodied IPA experience. The smooth roasted malt provides a strong, heavy sweet malt base that serves as the backdrop for an overloaded pine, citrus explosion highlighted by the strong dry-hop punch at the end. It does have some fig or plum in there as well. Its hard to dig thru this drink as every layer is piled under a heap of some hop presence.
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 shared with brie... I dropped it right after I popped the top. 1/4 of the beer ended up on the ground for the cats to enjoy. This is an IPA that looks like a porter. The dark chocolate malt tastes great with the Stone signature over the top hops. The citrus was strong and made this taste like one of those orange flavored chocolates u get at chrismas... I’m gonna go back and buy a few of these awesome beers.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured and looked like a porter. Tasted like a IIPA. Big hop flavor with nice mix of chocolate and roasted malt. Good beer.
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 4, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber. Very dark brown/black beer topped with a thick dark tan head. The aroma is fairly hoppy up front, pine and resiny, hops with a bit of bright citrus. Initially, hops dominate the aroma and the malts are barely detectable. Flavour is also very hoppy with loads of fresh pine and citrus. There is a light milk chocolate aroma that comes up as the temperature does. There is a bit of coffee flavour in here as well. Further warming brings out the fruiter citrusy/juicy character of the hops. Peppery and fairly alcoholic. Very creamy texture with chocolate coming out a little bit as well. Malts appear to be fairly well developed although the hops never leave IIPA territory. Sticky and resiny with a lingering pine finish. Nice beer.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - OCT 4, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice looking opaque brown body with a lasting tan head. Globs of sticky lace cling to the glass. Aroma of pine, citrusy grapefruit, and hints of dark chocolate and roasty malts. Taste has a slight dark roasted malt bitterness that is overwhelmed by the hops. Lots of citrusy grapefruit and pine cone hoppiness. A hint of anise underneath. Sharp bitterness as it warms seems to stem from dark roasty malts and hops. No hint of the alcohol. This would be a nice regular release, I think.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. As dark as brown can get, thick creamy/foamy brown head that stays thick for the whole beer. Incredibly rich flavor of burned coffee and malts, hints of chocolate, and a lot more I’m not smart enough to describe. Clean finish, mildly warm alcohol burn. As good as it can get on a cold day.
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - OCT 3, 2007
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(draught at the brewery restaurant) the bartender called is a "black IPA" - he wasn’t lying. black wtih tan head. Hops aroma. Flavor is pine and citrus hops with roast malt. Excellent
bigdummy (2) - Ramona, California, USA - OCT 3, 2007 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
My favorite Anni IPA from Stone so far. Black and frothy, nice creamy mouthfeel, citrusy rather than piney hops and lots and lots of them. They balance a very dark sweet and malty brew to perfection.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. sampled pretty fresh. thanks to dickinsonbeer for 4 of these bad boys. pours very dark brown with slight dark ruby tint to it, with off white head. nose has nice PNW hop notes but it isn’t exploding, perhaps due to the balance of roast in there. mainly grapefruit hop notes with roast and toffee. flavor is hoppy but again, this isn’t double ipa hoppy, the roastiness sorta cuts through it. piney and grapefruity hop profile with nice big toffee and roasted malt notes. they really pulled it off, big ipa flavor with roasty and sweet malt notes. i wonder if this will age well?
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 2, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Pours with a tight head over a dark brown body; cookie dough, caramel, grapefruit and pine hop aroma; roasty and malty, initially, chocolate and grapefruit notes; dense body and very hoppy, bitter finish to balance; very tasty. This would be even better aged out a little.