libertine (200) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours very dark with quite a bit of creamy head.aroma is very floral with an obvious hint of grapfruit and pine.heavily carbonated.i drink ipas only on occasion and got to say the hops on this is very balanced.flavour of grapefruit and pine with a subtle sweetness.bitter with a pleasant dry finish.i would add this to the ipas ive enjoyed.
regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip
Pours a very dark brown (almost black) with a large off-white head, good retention and lacing. Nice carbonation. Nose is an IPA - hops, citrus, pine with some roasted malt undercurrent. Taste surprises. The pine and bitterness are there, but so is some coffee and chocolate. Medium body. The finish is some bitterness but not overwhelming. There is also some alcohol warmth. This beer was a nice surprise and I will be seeking it out, when available.
gator2683 (199) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 31, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
black with beige head. citrus/grapefruit hop aroma. full body and the flavor is strong hops at first and then slightly sweet and chocolaty
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber. Pours really dark with a frothy tan head. Piney hop aroma some undertones of dark fruit. Sweet raisin malt start with a big hop finish. A nice hop character that seem so impart some serious licorice bitterness. Nice.
minihame2 (198) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black body, tan head. Aroma is rich with malts, some chocolate. Smooth mouthfeel, very light carbonation. Taste is also soft with slight bitterness. Overall it’s a very good beer.
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours murkey dark black with an average rocky light brown head. Aroma is heavly malty or dark bread, roasted malts and dark chocolate, heavly hoppy of resin and lime, lightly yeasty of leather. Flavor is nicely balanced, roasty /malty and biscuity with generous amounts of hop bitterness. starts sweet, bitter in the middle and sweeter in the finsh again. Dark fruit, prunes, nice and complex with some alcohol warming. Medium to full bodied, creamy and softly carbonated.
shakespeare33 (197) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark chocolate almost espresso type color with the coca cola caramel head.. The aroma is very intriguing.. I get the hoppiness but then as someone in an earlier rating pointed out, I get a faint sense of horseradish, a little sting to the nose that nudges the aroma along.. Initial hit to the palate is pure stone.. I mean forget the color, this is not a malt dominated ale, this thing hops like a rabbit wearing springs.. A bitter pine, earthy hop, with some roasted, toasty flavoring at the end. the first sip was overpowering and surprising but it settles in nicely as it warms.. The bitterness lingers a little too long for my likeing but I know thats just stone tagging their name.. I almost feel as though my palate has still yet to mature to the level where I can truly appreciate a complex ale such as this.. Ill have to review it another year or so.... another innovative ale from stone, this thing really has no catergory but is definitely enjoyable..
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.
Handypaul (196) - - APR 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with a big beige creamy! head that leaves great lacing. aroma of chocolate, burnt malts. Flavor of the same with nuts and a roasty smoky bitterness. Average carbonation, oily texture, medium body, heavy sweet and bitterness and a long bitter finish.
MereLikesBeer (195) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
So, I can’t say that I am in love with this beer. I shared a bottle of this with BeerBaron617 and don’t really know exactly how I feel about the whole situation. It poured dark like a stout, yet had the aroma of an IPA, and is a "strong ale." So what to think? Well, it had a nice big head and was a really dark brown black. The aroma was nice and hoppy and very citrus fruity. Taste was nice and juicy fruity, yet finished really really bitter. I just don’t know how I feel about that... it was perfect until that exceptional bitter taste at the end :(