wj94 (69) - Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Black IPA you say? Interesting. Pours deep brown/light black color. Aroma is strong with grapefruit/citrus/pine. Perfect bitterness and well balanced. This may be my favorite Stone brew yet....on to the Double Bastard! jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Bottle, Pours a deep dark brown with slight red tints. With a nice lacing brown head that dissipates fairly quickly. Hops dominate ever so slightly over the malts, which are well roasted. Hoppy, a nice hop structure, great bitterness, that also combines with some roast and cereal grains. its quite nice, A good balance. one of my preferred Stone brews. Thanks MrRomero. Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2007
Duane shared a bottle of this with me. Thanks Dad! Deep brown pour, 1-finger tan head. Aroma was earthy, licorice, and plenty of citrusy, graprfruit hops. Flavor had some roasty, coffee character to it, but it was also dominated by the hops. This wasn’t bad by any means, but the mixture of a heavily roasted malt base with Stone’s aggressive hop-profile just didn’t work well for me. cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2007
A black IPA? I didn’t believe it when I was pouring it, I was sure it would taste like a stout or potter, but nope, it was all IPA all the time. Great hopy/citrus nose, bitter and flowery attack, long finish with malts and hops and dark fruitish flavous. glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 2, 2007
On tap at Collins a while back. Black with small head. Perfume hop aroma. Interesting taste...nice roasted malt with a little black licorice. a bit of metallic bitterness. Good beer, the bitterness just throws me off.
pineypower (3317) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Pours out black with a moderate tan head. Aroma of pine/citrus hops and roasted malts. Very appealing looking beer. Taste is complex, roasted malt, chocolate, pine and citrus hops. Very interesting flavor and very unique, similar to 3f’s Alpha Klaus. zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Bottle purchased at Sam the Beer Man in Binghamton, NY. Pours black brown, off white head. Aroma is malt, peat, tangerine, slight tomato. Flavor is the same with caramel, vanilla, grass, toffee, wheat, some burnt molasses. yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Stone XI is a solid black ale with red highlights. It has a creamy tan head with oily bubbles. Great retention and lacing. It has an aroma of licorice and medicine. It almost smells like seawater. There is salmiakki and something leafy in the nose. It’s medium-bodied and a bit sharp with a gritty finish. The roast really comes out in the flavor, along with a bit of chocolate. It’s quite bitter! It tastes like Christmas trees. It’s bold and flavorful and has good balance. It’s almost like... an imperial porter? Good stuff! JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Ok, here we go Stone, it’s Friday evening, settling in for the weekend, let’s make it a good night. Crack the cap off and pour into a trappist glass, a deep deep dark reddish (only visible when held to light) color with a tan full head. This beer looks simply beautiful. The nose has raisins initially, then transitions into a floral experience. The flavor is awesome, sweet toffee malts and floral hops. The head is buttery on the lips with an aftertaste and breath of slight refreshing stings of alcohol. This is fantastic, a definite BUY! whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Muddy-brown body with a velvety tan head. Burnt caramel, raisins, flowery chocolate malt and spicy hops. Flavor melds into a nice toffee character. Great use of debittered dark malts. Bastardly hoppy bitter finish. Well-conceived and well-executed. Pays homage to Stone 6th.