Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
If anything, Stone suffers from its lack of an identity crisis. I was enticed by the idea of an IPA paired with dark malts, as these beers often please my palate (see Founders Black Rye). Unfortunately, the Stone "signature" dominates 11th Anniversary Ale, by which I mean a thick, oily body dominated by resiny, biting, citrusy and piney hops that are strong enough to make this a failed differentiation from their regular IPA products. The chocolaty, dark malt characteristics are present, but not assertive enough. Itís as if Stone tried to branch out but decided to pull back and make another safe, unchallenging beer. On a positive note, the deep, translucent garnet red-brown body is a beauty. To my dismay, this elegance subsided to above-average but not intriguing upon imbibition.
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark, real dark with a foamy white head that slowly fades. This one is hoppy, no question about it. This was quite a surprise, I had a dfh 90 minute before this and it is extremely similar, well as far as the hops go. The Stone XI has a mellowness that the the dark grains give off, but its hard to detect.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown, huge tan head, oily lacing. Aroma very resinous, pine and citrus zest, not much for malt even as it warms. Flavor I just donít get. Again huge citrus and pine, quickly taken over by a bitter astringency-burnt malt profile and lingering aftertaste. Stone fan for the most part but this one just doesnít do it for me.
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is huge citrus hops and slight oakiness- strange. Taste is kinda oaky, tropical, piney, citrus. This is a very interesting beer- the color throws me. The taste is so hop-mixed and intricate, yet over-the-top off balance, itís great. The heat doesnít even make itself known. This is great.
performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2007 I really wish I would have un-opened this one. Pours a brown with large head. Red Garnett when held to the light. Strong hops smell. Tastes fantastic. Citrus base with a hoppy roast finish. Very neutral indeed. Creamy, layered head residue after sips. This Black IPA is awesome.
Speedle (266) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
dark brown near black pour with a huge dark tan head.....giant citrus hops aroma ...bitter hop pine taste with a great roasted malt balance...incredible beer...gonna stock up on a couple of these now...I donít thin I can handle holding onto this one for a while but Iím gonna try
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
AWESOME IPA! This is the real deal in the style. Buy this one and try it!!!
hiddenvariable (206) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours an opaque black with a thick tan head that sticks around and leaves a good lacing. smell is huge floral and citrus hops that mingle with the malt and give off a bit of bubblegum, orange, and grapefruit. taste is suprisingly malty for that huge hop nose. the hops are still there in a big way, but now they mix with a sort of chocolate milkshake malt flavor, which ends up tasting a bit breadlike. very yummy. big dry bitter finish and a medium body with a good amount of carbonation give a pleasant tingling sensation that lasts for a while. itís, much like they say, a deep and complex beer that is unlike any iíve had. another great beer from stone.
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer definately isnít for the faint of heart, although I canít think of many Stone brews that are. Definately one of a kind. Worth the try.
rob897 (62) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
chalk up another great beer from Stone, this black IPA is fantastic, loved the hops in this one, definitely unique!