nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2007
Bottle. Really dark with an oily cream colored head. Aroma is almost all hops - pine and resin everywhere, grassy, floral kick. Alcohol comes through. Flavor is alright - tastes like a pretty average DIPA, except at the end. The bitterness is different, but not necessarily better or worse. Bitter and roasty at the end. The first sip I took I thought I wasn’t going to like this beer at all. But after a few more, it’s actually pretty good. I was all ready to condemn this beer in the beginning, but it’s actually pretty well balanced and tasty. The color definitely threw me, think DIPA when you drink it. HogTownHarry (7062) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 Bottle (22oz). * As Stone 11th Anniversary Ale. Essentially opaque ruby-black pour, large foamy light brown head - nice! Smells like a slightly roasty APA/IPA - resin hops, malt body and moderate alcohol - solid, as usual from Stone (not FILTERED, but hey .....). The taste is ... well, Stone - resin/citrus hops, malt and alcohol - slightly burnt linger. Average body, boozy finish - I really like this one - it should mellow down very nicely in a year or so. Drink4Satan (677) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Pours out black with ruby edges and a frothy tan head that that leaves thick lacing. The aroma is of bright and dank northwestern high alpha-hops and roasted coffee malts. The flavour is far more complex, with piney and grapefruity hops, ever-so-slightly-roasty coffee malts with a perry bite. The mouthfeel is insanely full for n IPA. At the same time its tingly. This is an extremely quafable IPA considering how robust it is. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Nice pour, a dark mahogany body with a tall tan head. Lots of heavy lacing. The aroma is strong with grapefruit, lemon zest, floral, and piney hop scents backed by some lightly roasted sweet malt. Nice warm, peppery mouthfeel. The hoppy bitterness dominates the flavor (Yea!) but there’s enough roasted and even burnt malt flavors to balance it out. Pretty straightforward drink after all - - but quite tasty.Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 26, 2007
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UPDATED: DEC 6, 2007 Bottle- Opened at Siebel- Very dark black car. good off white foamy head. Nose is strong citrus hops. Some roasted notes in the backround. Very interesting big american hops up front backed up with a lack of roasted charachter throws my brain off.
hayduke (5601) - Eureka, California, USA - OCT 26, 2007
From a 22 oz bottle poured into a couple Duvel glasses this was oily looking and nearly black. This one was chilled and raised a medium sized tan head. Nose is powerful, and seems mostly floral and citrus hops,with some malts. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Flavors very complex and rich. Seems like a cross between Pliney the Elder and Stone Imperial Stout. Long and delightful bitter finish. I see they call this American Strong Ale, but it is sort of in a class by itself. Very nice, I have additional bottles so will try one a little warmer, and in a year to see how it ages. Great work by Stone again. This is about the only reason why I would think someone would want to live in Southern California. polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2007
Aroma is hoppy with some malt sweetness. Dark amber hue and tan head. Sweet malt flavor that finishes bitter. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. Not bad but not as great as the rep said it was. kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - OCT 25, 2007
22 oz bottle via Homebrew Mystery Sawp (thanks dirty_martini!) THis one pours almost black with ruby highlights and an average sized tan head. Nose is mostly citrus and floral hops. Taste starts with just a little sweetness and them blam..it’s pretty much all about the orange and grapefruit Northwest hops...with a little pine in there as well. The finish is fairly dry, with some roastiness...and there is somewhat of a metallic aftertaste. Body is medium, carbonation moderate.This is MUCH beeter than Stone 10th though. Basically it is an IIPA that has been blackened imho. But whatever, it is a tasty beer. Oh..and the abv is well-hidden. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 25, 2007
THOUGHTS: Very familiar, yet very different. Like a double IPA witha porter twist. Like Dogfish Head’s IBA or Troegs Dead Reckoning Porter, but with way more hops, a little more alcohol and a little less thickness. Hides the alcohol well. Incredible balance. A really nice beer.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown with slight red highlights. The aroma was moderate to heavy roasted and caramel malt, heavy grapefruit and orange citrus hops and light alcohol. The initial flavor was lightly sweet, while the inishwas moderately sweet and heavily bitter with a long duration. The flavor was caramel and roasted malt with pine and citrus hops all together. The medium to full body was syrupy and lighlty fizzy with a somewhat metallic, lighlty astringent and lighlty alcoholic finish. TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2007
22oz bottle from Bauer Wine and Spirits. Pours black like a porter with a small white head. Nose is very roasty with some traditional stone hops lying underneath. The hops really overpower the roasty flavors in the finish. I like hops, but not this much. Alcohol well noted in the finish as well.