robertjm (787) - Albany, California, USA - SEP 26, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is VERY dark. Really didn’t expect such a dark color for an IPA, but I guess its a special recipe. Very frothy head. Aroma is of fresh hops. I can see the hops rubbed in my hands like you see Jim Koch do in those Sam Adams commercials! Niocely balanced hops in the flavor, with a bit of sweetness in the background. Body is not very heavy like a stout or porter. Not ultra thin, but just enough there to know you’re not drinking something the consistency of water. Lots of hops in the aftertaste, even minutes are taking the first tastes. This is the only real flaw I could come up with. Wish it didn’t last as long as it did on the tongue. Not sure I’d classify this as a Strong Ale with the amount of bitterness. Could easily call this an IPA instead.
EithCubes (5206) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2009 (Had back in the day as Stone 11th). Rating no. 1350. Bottle. C-hops and caramel in the nose, lots of grapefruit and pine - delicious! Near-pitch pour with a luscious, lacing, rocky, wiggly, creamy tanned - dark brown head - gorgeous! Very dry (bone dry) hoppy taste, lots and lots of resin with medium bitterness; the overall effect is of smoothness rather than grit, though. Warming in the throat from the alky, but the juice is so well-integrated, it took a while to notice. Makes me smile like a child, big toothy grin. Hops are key here, but caramel is also very strong (this does taste like a lot of other Stone offerings) as does a lesser note of chocolate. Late-coming citrus well blended. Medium body. This is super quaffable, despite the heft; creamy, velvety texture with a very robust taste and a very dry, saliva-inducing aftertaste. Again, this is nothing new from Stone (and I don’t get all the porter nonsense, this is as much a porter as Arrogant Bastard or Ruination), but it is a winner!
Dorwart (2425) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large frothy malted milk ball colored head of dense bubbles. Thick and sticky lacing. Lovely aroma. Plenty of floral hops but not overly bitter. A great balance with some sweet malts and a hint of milk chocolate. Some tangerine hiding in the back also. Very dark brown in color with a hint of red along the edges. Lots of hops in the flavor. More citrus in nature now with more tangerine. Little bit of roasted malts and some dry chalkyness. Hops become more subdued as the brew warms. Light alcohol presence but not realy noticable. Kind of reminds me of a smoother and lighter Gonzo porter. Finishes bitter but very clean and smooth. A damn fine brew from Stone again!
brstp (201) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 25, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at City Beer Store. Pours a dark brown, no head unfortunately. Aroma is a wham bam thank you ma’am floral hops but eventually gets taken over by the caramel and coffee malt. Big hop bitterness with more of the same caramel and coffee cocoa malt. Very clean finish like the lightest citrus IPA, but with the backbone of a strong porter. Awesome.
sloth (2608) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
clear, deep brown color with ruby edging. Head is large and lasting, lace is spotty and somewhat stringy. Nose is dark malts, dark crystal, lightly roasty with some rubber and citrus notes. Body is full, mouth coating and oily, resiny, slick. Oily hop flavors up front, citrusy and piney with roasted malt goodness backing them up, light roast, cocoay, grainy, dark crystal, lightly sweet brown sugary notes, alot of hops bouncing off the dark malt flavors, really neat brew. Lightly sweet finish thats kicked in the ass by a big old hop bite thats been there all along. Many thanks to Kevin for hooking me up with this one, thanks dude! Stone rocks!! Still.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 25, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Pours a dark cola color; light tan head with solid retention and lacing. Piney and citrus hops in the aroma, with a nice wet resiny character to the pine; the malt presence is underplayed at this point, showing only mild licorice and dull caramel notes; you can get from aroma alone that this will benefit with some age behind it. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: this feels kind of tight and tannic in the mouth at first, with a sharp pine / citrus hoppiness and a very reserved malt presence; taste follows the nose; there’s some watery coffee and roasted malts in there, but this just doesn’t come together quite yet; the malt’s weak and the hops are slightly astringent; an unremarkable american strong ale. Give it some time. Medium, piney hop and cola finish; dry and mildly astringent towards the end.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured black with a thick, rich brown head.
Aroma is hops and pine and grapefruit.
Flavor is rich, light malts hops and a slight roasty chocolate flavor on the palate.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Beer is very dark brown, clear. Head is smaller, frothy, white, light brown. Mostly lasts.<P>The aroma is malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, lighter notes of caramel and biscuit; Heavily hoppy with heavy notes of resin/pine, grapefruit oil, moderate herbal; Yeasty with a light note of doughy basement; Light plummy note.<P>The flavor is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter with a long, moderately bitter, lightly sweet, trace acidic finish.<P>The body is medium/full, the texture is watery/syrupy and the carbonation is lively.<P>Hop stomp.
Ernest (6601) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 24, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2009 Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, fully lasting. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted/burnt grain, chocolate, husks), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, moderately to heavily acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, unclean. Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Well, Stone has ruined another beer, it seems. The 11th Anniversary was a decent one, a 3.6 for me. Now it’s very sour and dirty tasting, with some rough malt character in the nose. WTF happened?!
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 24, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Love this stuff. Pours dark brown, almost black, with a creamy off-white head. Cascade hops, some resin, dry pine needles, some earthy leaves and wood. Clean, dry hop bite. Roasty, burnt coffee-like maltiness mixes well. This is the first time I have ever had such a blend. Kind of like an over-hopped porter. Worked out nicely.