southamptonsam (116) - 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.
c_lee_burton (116) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another delicious Stone offering. Great combo of smoke, coffee, hops, citrus, carbonation, and cherry. Wonderful year round brew that’s hearty enough for Winter, yet smooth and crisp enough for Summer.
Mr_Hops (116) - Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2014
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours black with a beige head. Aroma is malt, roastiness, fruit, citrus, grass and hops. Taste is medium sweet leading to a fruit, roasty and hoppy finish. Damn good!
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drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2008 Strong pine aroma. The hops hit first but then it’s really creamy and chocolaty (especially if you hold it in your mouth for a sec). "Black IPA"? Ok, I guess; sort of a beer that doesn’t know what it wants to be. But I’d be lying if I say I didn’t kinda liked it.
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
strattonspeaks (113) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - OCT 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour with tall beige head. Good retention and lace. Huge hop aroma. Pine. Citrus. Sweet citrus flavor up front. Orange peel. Zest. Evergreen copse on the follow through with a lingering dry, bitter finish. Huge flavor but wonderfully balanced. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Terrific brew.
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.
stephenj007 (112) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A great, big bomber pour! All black body, thin, lacy head.
Very hoppy aroma, with hints of smoke, alcohol, pine, roasty malts.
Quite a bit of hops presence and bite in the initial taste, then rolls to a smooth, slightly flat finish. The dark, roasted notes stick around for a bit, along with a nice, alcohol warmth.
A nice brew, not overwhelming in any area. Certainly has a kick you can feel by the end of a 22 oz bottle.
nj_BierMaven (111) - Flemington, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pour too many times to count, one of my all-time favorites. Concentrated on this as I tasted tonight, citrus-pine aroma that is surprising for a beer that appears so black. Coffee, mild hints of chocolate, delicious malty underlayer that counterbalances the bitterness. Significant bitterness in the taste as well as the hoppy citrus aroma that kicks you in the face. Anyone who has ever homebrewed understands why this costs what it does, so many hops had to go into a beer of this magnitude. Just plain awesome.
StormCoat (110) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 30, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Picked up a bomber bottle at Henry’s in San Diego, CA. Tasted from a snifter. Pours a very dark, dark brown with a frothy tan head. Piny hop aroma and flavors. Flavors also have a big fruit-and-herb character that offers a strong bitterness, but mellows into a coffee nuttiness. Body is a little over medium. This is very tasty, and a lot like the Stone 15th Anniversary Black IPA. In fact, I suspect that the 15th Anniversary is probably a souped-up version of this beer. Regardless, both are very tasty.