MarinaMarket (211) - POULSBO, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The name says a lot from a brewery only slightly less self-righteous than Rogue! Four guys tasting and I am the only one that thought it was drinkable. Reviewing many ratings, I have to guess we had a bad bottle, but itís worth it to note that this beer tastes like it will age well, and probably improve over the next 2 years.
First released in January of 2009, with an ABV of 8.7%. But, this is a re-make of the 2007 Stone 11th Anniversary Ale, so it looks like it will be available in limited quantities every year. I am very interested to see how this beer progresses both in the current bottling and future versions.
anderson01 (210) - Idaho, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
There is many things going for the aroma. The smell of pine and hay are noticable. Has a roasted smell with a little black licorice follow up. Has a good head with a black coffee color. Has the best lacing i have seen so far. It has medium carbonation with a decent finish. It starts with a pleasant sweet flavor and ends with a bitter chocolate flavor. Overall the longer it stays in my mouth the worse it gets. For the price i would buy it again. I think stone brewery is a great brewery.
Fevernova (210) - Athens, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz Bottle -- Pours black with a big tan head. Lots of fruity and floral notes going on in this beer. Very interesting aromas of hops, chicory, grapes, and passion fruit. Great balance of flavors, sweet upfront, bitter and sour in the back.
brewballs (210) - 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 iím accustomed to. It has a bitterness to it that is too overwhelming. Itís 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.
AKORN (208) - Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours black with a small tan head. Hoppy and malty aroma. Charred malt and citrus bitterness, pine, light coffee taste. Heavy feel and lingering bitterness on the tongue. Good beer
p1meatloaf (208) - California, USA - SEP 3, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
taster at trinity brewery in Colorado Springs. Looks rather black but brownish red in the light. Good soapy light brown head. Smells of toasty hops and bitter complexity. Tastes very clean, with dark bitterness that is "gwarming". Love this beer. overall 9.5 of 10.
vacantskies (208) - Spokane, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark with a thick, multi-leveled foam that sticks to the side of the glass. The aroma is piney with a hint of chocolate. The flavor is rich and dry.
hiddenvariable (206) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours an opaque black with a thick tan head that sticks around and leaves a good lacing. smell is huge floral and citrus hops that mingle with the malt and give off a bit of bubblegum, orange, and grapefruit. taste is suprisingly malty for that huge hop nose. the hops are still there in a big way, but now they mix with a sort of chocolate milkshake malt flavor, which ends up tasting a bit breadlike. very yummy. big dry bitter finish and a medium body with a good amount of carbonation give a pleasant tingling sensation that lasts for a while. itís, much like they say, a deep and complex beer that is unlike any iíve had. another great beer from stone.
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a murky brown with a thin beige head. Sweet roasty caramel malts as well as a load of piney, citusy hops. Pretty complex but the flavors really compliment each other. Great smooth body and soft carbonation. Long bitter finish. Delicious.
mesperon (205) - Hillsdale, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(Stone 11th Anniversary, bottled 2007.)
Pours deep deep dark brown, almost pitch black with a medium tan head. Very hoppy aroma, citrussy and floral. Elements of dark roasted malt and toffee and coffee.
Medium full body with good carbonation.
Flavor starts with sharp hop bite, and then the floral character of the hops open up, followed by bitterness both from the hops and the dark roast. Very obvious dark bitter coffee and a slight sweetness of toffee. Finishes with a lasting dry bitterness on the back of the tongue.
Great combination of hoppy and dark roast bitterness.