mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 5, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2009 A rerate after opening a Sept 07 original 11th anniversary. Pours a dark dark reddish brown almost black with a nice thick tan head - looks like a porter or stout. But no its definitely an IPA, the aroma is incredible sweet roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, and tons of fruity hops (grapefruit, apples) - a surprise given the appearance. Flavor is bitter dark chocolate, dark brown sugar, dark fruit, and tons of fruity hops throughout to balance it out in the finish. This is an amazing beer...Has aged very well, will wait another year to open my last of the original - but thank you Stone for making it a regular! craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2008
extremely dark red pour, almost black, with a solid head. Hops were blatantly evident on the nose- floral, citrus and pine were wonderfully aggressive. Powerful hops continue in the flavor, but well placed against some malt characters in the background. excellent beer. Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 4, 2008
RBSG on tap. Deep, dark brew with a dense, creamy head. Strong smell with hints of licorice. A formidible ale. carruthm (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2008
black with a moderate headmonkeygirl (8) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - AUG 3, 2008 does not count
barley wine esque aroma with dark cherries and candied sugar
bitter stout like with tons of hops
Bomber pours chocolate chip brown with a big tan head; good lacing. The aroma is pear, apple and brown sugar. The flavor is hoppy yet refreshing, with light espresso, light alcohol, and honey. This has a subtle bitter finish.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 31, 2008
On tap. Deep dark black in color with a nice fluffy off white head. Hoppy citrusy malty roasty aroma. Piney grapefruit notes. Smokey malty citrusy flavor. Caramel and chocolatety notes. Nice bitter finish. Full bodied. Very drinkable. jonas (8281) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - JUL 31, 2008
Fairly piney resiny hoppy nose
Very dark brown, nice creamy brown head. Orangezest, grass and pine hop profile.
flatmatt (1629) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2013 Rerate 1/8/2013 froma 12 oz bottle. Pours black with a large, fluffy tan head. Strong fresh grapefruit/orange citrus and pine resin aroma hinting at florals and toasted malts. Citrusy grapefruit flavor, pine, with hints at a toasted malt base, pineapple touch even. Quite good stuff.
Previous rating (as Stone Eleventh): 22 oz bottle. Pours very dark brown with a large light tan head. Aromas of grapefruit hops, caramel sweetness. Flavors of grapefruit, spiciness, some breadiness or wheat, a hint of caramel, a little roastiness, and some detectable alcohol. This bottle probably lost a bit too much flavor since its release, but it’s still pretty nice. 7/4/7/4/15/3.7 Zbong (38) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2008
22 oz bottle. Pours black, tastes of malt, hops, but they are not overbearing. Strong full-flavored beer but is surprisingly easy to drink at almost 9%. I think I like this more than the 12th. Overall a great brew. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2008 bomber bought at The Foodery in Philly. Damn good stuff ... pours a dark brown with a 2 finger tan head. Nice blend of hop and malt aroma with a touch of citrus. Huge hop profile on the palate and finish. The dry-hopping really shines through. Full body... some honey on the top as well as some grapefruit on the front. very smooth overall. thick, chewy, sticky bitter finish. this one sticks with you. and you will want more.