Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - JUL 19, 2008
Pours murkey dark black with an average rocky light brown head. Aroma is heavly malty or dark bread, roasted malts and dark chocolate, heavly hoppy of resin and lime, lightly yeasty of leather. Flavor is nicely balanced, roasty /malty and biscuity with generous amounts of hop bitterness. starts sweet, bitter in the middle and sweeter in the finsh again. Dark fruit, prunes, nice and complex with some alcohol warming. Medium to full bodied, creamy and softly carbonated. Drake (13737) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Dark IPA, huh? 22 oz. bottle from my Secret Santa. Thanks! Viscous chocolate brown piour with a medium head. Pine and citrus hop aroma. A hint of chocolate maltiness. Very fascinating taste. A big hop profile, citrus, pine, with a rich maltiness. Full body. Very nice. carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - JUL 11, 2008
UPDATED: APR 4, 2009 22oz. when a beer is just GREAT, i end up drinking many 22’s before finally rating, so this now has a year of time on it. as goes with all the stone aniv. ales... pours dark with a tan creamy head. aroma is pine and a hint of chocolate. mouthful has a big pine resinous up front big malty back bone. very nice... big, complex, and i am happy i have 4 more.... Surly (20) - Michigan, USA - JUL 11, 2008
A must try. After one pint this immediately became my #1 favorite beer. Everything I love about IPAs, everything I like about a stout or dark lager. Amazingly complex. LilBeerDoctor (3930) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark brown/black with a huge gorgeous tan head that looks like a milkshake and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus hops and sweet roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt, light citrus hops, alcohol, and lots of sesame and wheat cracker as the beer warms. Nice and rich palate. Excellent and quite drinkable.
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Bottle. Truly unique! Without reading other peoples’ ratings, yeah, it’s pretty much a combination of a dark lager and an IPA. The dark malts blend nicely with the firm hoppiness to produce something great. Dark caramel, wheat, and pine are the words of the day. Definitely not a porter or stout, this is something different. Tarrish finish that sticks with you pretty good. You don’t really taste the alcohol, but you know it is there based on it being a Stone beer. chrisafari (100) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 4, 2008
Growler fill from the Brewery. Pours dark black with a small white head. Slight aroma of hops. Flavor of malt and nice sweet hops. Flavor and aroma seem to have faded over the year. Had it earlier last year, and it was much better! OK. aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 2, 2008
Pours a dark brown/black that little light makes it through. Has a nice tan head that hangs around for a bit and leaves some decent lacing. Aroma at the beginning of the glass its a blast of hops, but then the hops mellow out and the caramel and malt notes kick in. As for the flavor my first reaction was malts and and dark fruits, but the bitterness of the hops really kicks in at the end. I do recall this being a little better and more IPA like when I had it a few months back. travita (5003) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2008
Brown to black in color with a tan head. Smells of hops, caramel, malts, something else also that I could not quite put my finger on. Taste is slightly bitter, malts, roasty. Good balance between the hops and malts. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 29, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009 Bottle of Stone XI, thanks to Timmy300. I believe this one has crossed the line in terms of where it peaks. I could see the potential for this to be a black IPA, but it came more across as a very hoppy porter, regardless of the commercial description. Immensely bitter, the aroma and hop flavor has diminished and the roasted grains really press through at this point, some coffee and molasses. Still, a very nice beer that was surely a pleasure fresh.