Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown, with a full tan head. Ample aromas. Flavor combines dark fruits, light roast from the malt, with citrusy, rich hop flavors. I usually don’t like big roast and hops, but this is different and in it’s own league. Tastes similar to Double Bastard and Arrogant Bastard to me. Stone is right, the malt and hops are both well pronounced, but they don’t clash at all. Very nicely balanced, as well as a "Black IPA" can be...this beer feels refined in every way.
walleye (1066) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2009 from the bottle. poured black with some mahogany thrown in with a nice big tan head. aroma hops, fruits, some roasted nuts alcohol, grapefruit, pine. flavor, didn’t except this. tasted like a IPA who ever heard of a black IPA? big time hops, light cherry, some chocolate. alcohol. this is one good beer, going buy few more of these.
davidflores99 (225) - Long Beach, California, USA - SEP 11, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had a tasting at the Stone 11th Festival, I really liked this! Poured dark, light creamy head, very hoppy and smooth. I can taste some citrus and smoke in there, very awesome brew!!
drinkerofbeers (18) - California, USA - SEP 11, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2007 On cask at Stone Fest XI dry hopped with fresh chinooks. Nice dark color. tons of hops balanced by smoky malted undertones. Cross between a porter and an IPA. Very good brew. Cheers Stone!
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2009 Ah so it goes that this is an alias, and i just tried the new sublimely self rightoues version and it was pretty nice.
2nd sample Stone Anniversary Fest XI. On Cask dry hopped with simcoe and summit hops. Pours dark dark black with a 1 finger creamy head. The nose was very nice, with prickly hops. Very smooth and sweet taste, not overly bitter. Damn nice anniversary brew.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - SEP 10, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured a dark brown color with a nice tan head. Aroma was a huge grapefruit and pine with a good dark caramel. The flavor had a fruity bitterness up front that dropped to an amazing caramel and chocolate malt. I would say that this is the best stone anniversary since the 6th.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. bottle. Aroma is floral and citrus. Dark body with tan head. Blanket of lacing covers the glass. Good citrus hop flavor that is little dry. Sugar and syrupy thickens the body for some sweet nector. Sweet dry citrus vine on the palate and filling. Good brew.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle- a combination of oatmeal stout creamy mouthfeel, roasty porter undertones, and big hop bitterness and flavor make this black IPA a great beer, and one I will be upset is only a one time release.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 9, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted at Stone XI Party. Dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma of roasted barley, caramel, and fruit. Citrus taste dominates with a nice roastiness, some pine notes, and a tangy finish.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a stout-like nearly black color with a dense tan colored head. Aroma is huge blast of citrus, floral, pine, and some underlying chocolate and roast. Flavor is huge grapefruit, citrus, pine up front, then turns to more chocolate, roasted malts, and maybe some coffee and smoke. Palate is full bodied, medium carbonation, finishes bitter. Really nice stuff.