ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2007
Another bottle from Smitty, its almost as if I was seeing if he could redeem himself after the almost vile IPA I consumed before this one. Pours out a dark brown color with a tan head on it. Smells like grass, chocolate, pine, hops, and really, it smells like Avery 14. Taste is rich and it has a nice fresh hop bite to it, almost like a porter with an over load of hops. Then the finish has a nice alcohol burn, which is not near like a porter, so that threw me off too. Whatever kinda beer this is, its a damn good one. Should be really good in a few months. Thanks A2M boy. BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2007
[22 oz. bottle] Awesome appearance-- Jet black, with a foamy tan head. Definitely stout or porter-like. Huge hop aroma, grapefruit and pine, very little malt presence in the aroma, other than some slight sweetness. Flavors are fully of strong malt character, kind of dark and roasty-- and less sweet. Loads of hop bitterness really balance this beer out, in an interesting. Very citrusy, with some grapefruit rind and almost acidic character in the finish. Medium bodied. A very interesting beer, overall. I hope to pick this one up again. rocbyter (2124) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - NOV 8, 2007
Chocolate, nut, heavy malt and coffee aroma. Dark amber color with a large tan head. Slight bitter start with sweet finish. Creamy palate joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2007
Recieved from the excellent trader known as errantnight. Thanks for looking out Derek. A black IPA? This should be interesting. Stone’s 11th Anniversary pours black with some faint garnet highlights along the bottom and up the sides of the glass. A two finger beige head formed on the pour that does not disappear. This head sticks around throughout the glass and leaves big sticky patches as the beer disappears. Really good looking brew.
The nose starts, continues, and ends in hoppy goodness. There’s not a whole lot of malt coming through but what does comes in the form of sweet caramel. There’s also hints of caramalized-to-slightly-scorched sugar in there. Who cares about the malt right? The hops are where it’s at with this beer. Brown sugar coated grapefruit pushes through quickly and leads throughout. My mouth waters as I smell this beer.
This beer tastes just like brown sugar coated grapefruit from the second it hits the tongue till the swallow. That sweet caramel and lightly scorched sugar trys to work through the grapefruit but falls far short. As a matter of fact this beer tastes identical to the way it smells. This beer will do a number on the tongue. You will be numb by the end of a bomber...After this beer gets closer to maybe 55 a mild bittersweet chocolate character comes through that adds a nice depth.
Medium body with a light creamy mouthfeel. I can’t believe the weight (or lack there of) of a beer with this high an abv. Good lingering bitterness on the swallow sticks around until the next sip.
This beer is going down far to easy and far to quickly. Amazingly easy to drink for a high abv like this beer has. I would only drink one bomber at a time for the simple fact that your tongue takes a beating and I’d feel like I wouldn’t getthe most out of the second bomber.
Another great beer from Stone. I don’t think these guys do anything wrong. A black IPA is a cool concept that I hope to see again in the future. Keep it up over there at Stone. I have yet to not be crazy about any of your brews.
11/4/07 Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2007
Pours out a extremely dark brown with a light red hue. Nose is mostly hops with some pine and a bit of malt. Flavor is hoppy, too hoppy in my opinion. Once the hoppiness dies down you get roast and citrusy acidic notes. I really wanted to like this beer, but it’s so unbalanced and it’s a bit too raw even for stone. This one seems unfinished. It’s just not that pleasant to drink.
PhillyHomeBrew (176) - Forest Hills, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2007
Nice brown head on top of a very dark brown, almost black body. Hardly any light gets through the beer, except a brown tint at the top and bottom. Very hoppy aroma with floral notes and citrus but also a little sour citrus notes as well- maybe grapefruit. The floral notes follow through to the palate as well. But the also a bit of a toast and coffee flavors. A bit too burnt tasting for my liking Arayaga2 (2198) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 7, 2007
Black opaque with a fast-fading brown head. Aroma is sweet citrusy hop nectar. Taste is heavily bitter, floral and citrusy with an almost cloying sweetness. Still very delicious. (SBK:4) $7/22oz Funknmilla (745) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2008 Bottled as Stone 11th ....Dark brown, looks almost black huh?...light brown sugar foam...pungent hop aroma, quite floral in its loveliness, smells like a fresh hop bud, well buds....silky body slithers down but not without a bumpy ride...its full on the initial mouth feel....lots going on....a burst of floral hops and citrus burst grapefruit seeds and lemon....a sweet mid-palate, malt fulfilled...a bitter sweet finish, one that lingers languishingly....I’ll say its rich toasty roasty muddled in the citrus...balanced as well........I imagine-------& restraints are tightened, as your thrusted down the track....malts flood the car as your eyes squint to avoid the citrus splashes.....around the curve...whooo...I love it!...descending into the dark this ride, then opening into light....a splash of foam, a rush of configurations, then it eases into a delicate, yet forceful push of the breaks....you get back in line"-J.F. vyvvy (6486) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 6, 2007
Thanks again to xmarcnolanx for sharing this at a recent tasting. Pours close to black with a tan / brown head. The aroma has lots of hops - grapefruit, woody, pineapple, etc. There is also creamy dark malt that has very little bitterness. Medium / full body with nice soft carbonation. The flavor starts dry and hoppy with a lot of what was on the aroma, but the hops lean more towards the citrus and tropical fruit side. The finish brings out the earthy woody hops and is very dry and lightly harsh. A very well crafted ale. pinkzambia (1933) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 6, 2007
Bottle: WOW! Hello! This brew is dark brown with deep red tints at the very bottom. It has a frothy light brown head that lasts throughout the time of consumption. The aroma is full of juniper, apricot, pepper and other hoppy characteristics. The flavor is an all-out hop attack on the consumer. It is full of bitterness, grapefruit rinds, alcohol and something musty. This guy is not meant to be drunk quickly. It is thick and full-bodied. Bottom line: It will defeat you.