ibeerlove (113) - Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
sweet citrus and slight grassy hop aroma I associate with the arrogant bastard ales and a sweet bubblegum and maybe peach like aroma as well, very complex and amazing with a little bit of malt, appearance is black with an off white finger width head, oh my fuckng god, the first taste is amazing i get some coffee flavors and very creamy mouthfeel like an imperial stout, but I get citrusy hop flavors and a slight hop bitterness finish, absolutely amazing beer
birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours from the bottle like a strong tea, results in a black beer. Three-finger latte head with near complete lacing.
Sticky, piney, pineapple, grapefruit hop aromas. Super sweet and lush smelling.
Hops and malt come through big together. Dry and sticky from the hops. The hops follow the aroma and the malts are a cocoa dusted almonds. Dark and dry malts combined fruity, sticky hops. Yum.
southamptonsam (112) - New York, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
An old Stone XI Anniversary from my basement. Made me realize how I have gotten away from hops oriented beers. At first it seemed jarringly hoppy but the creamy complexity soon won me over.
brewballs (112) - USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I am yet to be disappointed with a Stone until now. I tried this one on a whim. It has a spicy aroma to it but not the usual scent i’m accustomed to. It has a bitterness to it that is too overwhelming. It’s too simplistic. You drink it but then feel its burn. There is nothing more or less than that. In my opinion I say skip it and get a Hoptimum with a higher ABV.
v8powered (111) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a deceiving beer because it is dark in color but tastes much more like a Double IPA (which it is.) The dark malt is overtaken by the hoppiness. Most of the sweetness of the hops taken away. A little too bitter (not sure if it is the hop choice or just my expectation.) Still a good beer and I am glad I gave it a try.
Aarond (111) - Westlake, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown color with a nice off white head with good lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and piney hops. Taste is roasted malt, hops, oak, chocolate, and dark fruit. Nice creamy mouthfeel.
PD4Ever (109) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - MAY 1, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle poured into tulip glass. No bottled on date.
Aroma: citrus, fruity, floral hops, malt, caramel
Appearance: very dark brown color, doesn’t let much light through. 1 finger milk chocolate colored head that faded rather quickly. very small and tight packed bubbles. laces glass nicely. fairly clear once i drank towards the bottom of the glass and light could get through.
Taste: mild sweet, mild sour, mild bitter
Palate: roasty aftertaste, lots of malt and coffee with a twinge of bitter. i like this alot. Carbonation is average but feels right. medium body and thin texture.
Overall: I was afraid this was going to be extremely bitter considering the other stone beers I have tried but i was pleasantly surprised. Also I wasnt expecting the roasty malt and coffee flavors which i also liked. Some chocolate came through as well. Not as hoppy as i expected either. Just an extremely well balanced and tasty brew with a few surprises. Very impressed!
Doon (109) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another nice beer from Stone. Pours a dark brown color with a huge head. I wasn’t sure to make of it at first, but one whiff had me sold. It had a strong hoppy aroma. Not seeing the bottle prior to the pour, I was thinking this was some sort of stout. Not so! Nice fruity/citrusy aroma with a taste that matches. Very crisp, light, and smooth. Try this one!
livelaughlovep (108) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2009 This is such an amazingly strange beer... Its dark like a stout, hoppy like an IPA with a malty sweet swallow like a brown.
What is this stuff? Its great though! Wonderful rich mouthfeel, nose is fruity, with a dark and dry fruit taste in the mouth, decisively malty and dry finish.
What really gets you is how hoppy it is. Its so dark, yet the hops are really up in your face, bold, citrus n’ pine that catches you off guard... well worth finding it!
HopMasterFlex (108) - Carlsbad, California, USA - FEB 1, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a go to beer for me. When the 11th anniversary came out I must have drank 20 bottles. It was my first time with a black ipa and frankly I never looked back. Though I feel the 11th was better than the sublimely I was still stoked to have it available year round.
It bours black with a root beer hue. The head is an inviting tan. Smell is pure hops and I love it. The subtle toasted malt are present as well. This beer is the definition of an iba. The color is black bit it drinks like an ipa. Super hoppy and delicious. Nothing bad to say about this other than the smaller batch of the 11th was better. I still have 4 bottles of the 11th and I drank one the other day. The profile is completely different as you’d expect. The piney hop flavors are gone and the malt flavors are huge, it’s almost choclatey. It is a completely different beer but still delicious!