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.
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with small frothy head. Hoppy but with light porter characterstics. Smooth with a hint of licorace and a lot of a burnt smoke flavor. Just not my type of taste.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2012 Rerate march 13, 2012. Much better this time. Nice hops and roastiness.
Sampled at the Stone 11th party.
Dark brown with red highlights, this is IPA meets porter. bitter and very very very dry, not my cup of tea
IrishBoy (3805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 8, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2007 Bottle from cbkschubert; Nose of piney and floral hops with hints of sweet chocolate; clear very dark brown with a big cinnamon head; flavor of piney hops, chocolate malt, with hints of smokiness and spices. Very different, like I heard somewhere a "Black IPA"
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2007
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2007 Tipped back 8-30-2007 to honor of the Grand Poobah of beer, MJ..... Pours almost balck w/ a tall creamy froth. Head retention is superb slowly reducing to reveal a full downy canopy of thick, sticky lacing. The aroma tells the tale of a full blown IPA complete w/ generous citrus rind overtones accompanied by only mild whiffs of malt. The aroma doesnít match the color. I expected some roast component to factor in but itís just not there. Iím not complaining though. Itís the Criss Angel mind freak show. Full nectar w/ creamy soft residual effers. Itís like drinking heavy cream. Nice! Now thats what Iím talkiní boutí. Texture goes a long way w/ me and this ones there all the way. Itís mildly sweet like my third grade teacher but throws copper at you when arroused. A big roasted malty backbone supports the colony while Robo Hop hacks down the sludge walls with his electrified pole arm. As the fight ensues nuances are laid waste yet accounted for by my accute palate. Theres a defined chunky chocolate creep in the shadows that creates a diversion from the backbone and clobbers Robo Hop in the face on the way down. Nuances of molases, beef jerkey, leather, slight smoke, and grapefruit citrus rind. Could this be the "Smoked Indian" Iíve heard about ? The finish is so well balanced w/ perfect bittering of all the decadent slop. Even though the chocolate malts persist to the end theres a defined asprin burn that lingers and tingles the tongue for a while. Damn, I wanít another one. This is the best new seasonal these guys have put out since V5. Wagner is a genius!
HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle: Pours a deep dark brown almost black with nice finger plus of tan head. The aroma is sweet, with nice hope presence but not like a west coast IPA. I get roast, some chocolate and almost a hint of smoke. It feels really nice in you mouth, almost creamy but the finish is a little harsh with a hop bite. Great lacing as the beer drains from the glass. Unusual but a good change for Stone on this Anniversary effort.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black body, small head, fruity hop nose. Fruity hops with chocolate notes from the malt. Hides alcohol well. Think Arrogant Bastard with chocolate. Very very good.