mreeves (274) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark IPA--now this is an interesting one. It definitely has the normal Stone hop profile, but with a definitely roasted malt undertone. Quite a unique and interesting combination, and I think I like it.
after4ever (5940) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2007 22. Pours black with a thin white head. Moderate lacing. Sharply piney nose--luscious. Nutty, roasty, smoky, ashy notes hit you right up front on the attack. Itís a medium body with tingly carb, but the flavors take over right from the jump. Plenty of swirling flavors all over the mid-palate, lots of intense activity--all the same ones from the attack. Mid-palate does unfortunately go a fair bit hollow though. The finish settles into a big ashy wash. Not sure this is a world-beater but itís pleasant enough.
Cracked another bomber of this last night (9-25-07), and this time it was properly chilled. Made all the difference. Tart, citric, refreshing, bracing--all the things it wasnít when it was a bit too warm. Evidently I need to learn how to drink beer, because I was definitely drinking this one wrong.
DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Almost black with a large tan head that leaves some lacing once itís gone down a bit. Aroma is strong, very hoppy and citrusy like a nice IPA, but then it has a subtle roasty character to it. Great flavor, again very bitter and hoppy, but with a subtle roasted maltiness that comes out mostly in the finish. Interesting beer, good choice for an anniversary ale I think.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 14, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours dark brown with a large, foamy tan head. Aroma is earthy, resiny hops with a strong malt background. A bit of chalkiness. Warmer temperature reveal a fruity smell, some citrus. I want to say there is a roasty or chocolate aroma but I think thatís just a strange synaesthetic response to the appearance. Without looking at the beer this could pass as a normal strong, balanced IPA or IIPA. Taste is different. Interesting and unique. Not too bitter. Creamy mouthfeel. I donít even know how to describe the taste really. Thereís definitely some roastiness in the finish, though subtle. The hops present in the aroma donít present themselves in the taste too much. Weird beer. This is good though.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2007 Bomber. Poured a stout-like dark brown with a big frothy beige head. Initial aroma was like a potpourri of aromatic finishing/dry hops providing tantalizing scents of peach, tangerine, pineapple and sweet tea, before settling into more piney and sassafras-like notes. Flavor at the first sip was essentially like chewing on a pine twig--strong whole hop flavors completely blanket and saturate underlying dark toffee (approaching chocolate) malts. After a while, however, the beer settles into what seems like a rotating swirl of flavors from earthy and malty to floral and citrusy. Nice and full bodied but with lively carbonation as well. This one definitely "goes to 11." A beautiful monster.
phiconners (144) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 14, 2007
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dark brown, large beige head. Hops dominates the aroma. Flavor is strong hops, but you pick up the malt afterwards which makes it a little creamier. Fantastic beer, Stone is unbeatable.
Odeed (1774) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
black imperial stout looking body with a nice creamy light brown head.as the head rests it leaves some nice webbing.the aroma is alot like double bastard.citrus hops and alcohol heat.the flavor blends up pine and citurs hops,smoke,some roasted malt,and alcohol.its a little hot now and im curious what some aging would do to it.....
ChazMania (642) - Pasadena, California, USA - SEP 14, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Iíve been looking forward to this beer since last years 10th. Stone wins again. This is very similar to what I tasted a while ago at the brewery, they called it Smokin Indian, maybe 80% IPA and 20% Porter. I make that mix often now and itís great. This 11th is very similar to that. Itís cool because for such a dark beer, it tastes like a clean strong IPA. Itís like a mix of Ruination and Porter. I like it. I bought a case and might go buy another one!
StefanSD (2015) - Lakeside, California, USA - SEP 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2009 650ml bottle from Henry’s Market. Pours a deep dark coffee brown color with a khaki head that has plenty of lacing and fades very slowly. Aroma is pungent with hops, grapefruit, oranges and walnuts. Flavor is ripe with oranges, green cedar, burnt toast and bittersweet chocolate; all set in a biter hops backdrop. Mouthfeel is full and creamy with light but distinct carbonation. Finish is more biter-sweet chocolate and hops. This concoction tastes (to me) like a three-way cross between Arrogant Bastard, Ruination IPA and Smoked Porter. I love it. I may get a case to stash away, this should age very well. Wow
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 23, 2009 Bottle split amongst my new friends at Julioís in MA (while shopping). Thanks guys! Poured deep brown, bordering black, light tan creamy head. Fresh hoppy nose of pine and cedar that sit on soft waves of roasted earthiness, citrus, and hints of ripe melon. Flavor was more of the same with loads of dark piney and fruity notes with a just touch of balancing malt sweetness. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry bitter finish. The color says porter, but the aroma and flavor say fantastic Stone IPA creation (again). Well done! Happy 11th...