drinkerofbeers (18) - California, USA - SEP 11, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2007 On cask at Stone Fest XI dry hopped with fresh chinooks. Nice dark color. tons of hops balanced by smoky malted undertones. Cross between a porter and an IPA. Very good brew. Cheers Stone!
jhanske (18) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Truly deceptive! I held my initial purchase up to the flourescent lights in the grocery store to check the color and was thoroughly stumped and intrigued. At home I was convinced I was tasting a malty concotion. Instead I was treated to a black IPA!!!. I had to confirm what I was tasting with my wife and my son. ( He hates bitter and knew by the smell this beer was bitter!!!). Well needless to say I ended up purchasing a case of 22oz’s. Hats off to Stone for such a singular beer. Potent and mysterious, strong and unforgiving. This beer insists upon your full attention and respect. I handed out three of the 22oz from my case and all the recipients had different yet positive repsonses to this ale. Certainly an ale for the ages!
Lakes (18) - post falls, Idaho, USA - JUN 10, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not for the feint of heart but what from Stone is? It’s darker than I expected with less head than I’d hoped for but the aroma is beyond pleasing. The boys at Stone are very fond of their Hops so I expected this beer to have a real bite. I was very happy though when it did not curl my nose hair. The hops is very pronounced but so well balanced that even someone who is not a huge hops fan (like myself) will be impressed. The malts were rich, strong and satisfying. This is an excellent beer.
WhatNewinBooze (18) - Centennial, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had been staring at this beer in my refrigerator all weekend, then I finally got a chance to open last night and it was well worth the wait. The brewers at the Stone Brewing Company, located in Escondido, CA, pride themselves on being able to consistently produce such fine works of art like this truly self-righteous ale. This beer was first produced in 2007 as their annual anniversary edition release and was such a huge hit they had to make more. When you poor it into the glass the color is black as pitch with nose that similar to most imperial IPAs with notes of grapefruit that dissipate to hints of red fruits. The palate was bitter, but a balanced bitterness that comes from both the hops and malts, with hints of cranberries in the beginning and finishes long and dry. ABV 8.7%.
Merin (18) - Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
FINALLY was available in my area. Ive been wating to try this one for a long time...and it was definitly worth the anticipation. Perfect beer. Enough said.
papajohn56 (18) - Lakeland, USA - JUN 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a pure black with a beige substantial head. Aroma of hops is prominent, but with some roasted malt in the background. Taste is a great balance between hops and malt. Each is present and fully aware of the other. Hops linger on the tongue after swallowing. Rich beer with a great mouthfeel. Another great beer in the Stone stable.
nick_p (17) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ Stone World Bistro. Pours dark black with a thick tan head. Aroma of hop and liquorice. Complex smoke taste with a bitter finish.
beerbobWFM (17) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 8, 2007
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This could quite possibly be my favorite
of all the anniversarys I have had(started with 7). It has a nice aroma, some chocolate and carmel scents accented with the presnece of hops...and lots of them. It’s like they hopped up an advetinus or a reall good porter, which in my book is outstanding. The flavor has alot going on, starts with carmel,chocolate, and hints pf maple, tthen the hops kick in and you geat the whole array of citrus,and hints of spruce and it finishes with a nice bitterness.All in all a must try for hop heads, as stone once again pushes the envelope in a great way....
Drewsi227 (16) - Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2009
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark, lacing lasts, very hoppy with a fair hint licorice notes, very good overall
cornfed (16) - Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2010
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is one of my all-time favorites. I am a fan of big stouts and big IPA’s. This is a great combo; one big-ass black IPA. You get the roastiness of a good stout with a huge hop and malt balance. I have not found a better beer to compliment a cornfed ribeye