bigdummy (2) - Ramona, California, USA - OCT 3, 2007 does not count
My favorite Anni IPA from Stone so far. Black and frothy, nice creamy mouthfeel, citrusy rather than piney hops and lots and lots of them. They balance a very dark sweet and malty brew to perfection. drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2007
22oz bottle. sampled pretty fresh. thanks to dickinsonbeer for 4 of these bad boys. pours very dark brown with slight dark ruby tint to it, with off white head. nose has nice PNW hop notes but it isn’t exploding, perhaps due to the balance of roast in there. mainly grapefruit hop notes with roast and toffee. flavor is hoppy but again, this isn’t double ipa hoppy, the roastiness sorta cuts through it. piney and grapefruity hop profile with nice big toffee and roasted malt notes. they really pulled it off, big ipa flavor with roasty and sweet malt notes. i wonder if this will age well? ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Bottle: Pours with a tight head over a dark brown body; cookie dough, caramel, grapefruit and pine hop aroma; roasty and malty, initially, chocolate and grapefruit notes; dense body and very hoppy, bitter finish to balance; very tasty. This would be even better aged out a little. jefcon (1935) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Pours a rich, deep brown with a drift of dark tan head which lasts and lasts. Vibrant aromas of hops, cloves, cinnamon and baked apple -- a hint of sweet citrus lemon, too. With a heavy, viscous mouthfeel, the beer slides across the tongue. Bitter chocolate, roasted malts, earth, the simcoe hops cut right through the dark malty beer with a serious acidic bitterness. Black IPA, huh? I’ll buy it. This is an outstanding American beer. SDalkoholic (2444) - Linda Vista, California, USA - OCT 2, 2007
This beer is another example of a beer I can’t quite seem to understand or wrap my head around, so I had to buy a few bottles before I felt confident enough I could rate it. The deep dark brown ale creates a large fluff of head that lingers around for a long period of time. I smell a light roast malt aroma along with some noticeable hops that has me interested to take a taste. As I begin to define the flavor, I’ll safely say it’s a strange cross pollination sort of speak of lightly toasted malt and classic west coast signature hops. A truly interesting drink with originality, it is surely anniversary ale that will stand out in Stone’s catalog of anniversary ales. At least I was fortunate enough to have had the chance to enjoy this unique black IPA.
milewide (2332) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2007 Wonderful fruity aroma and taste, with very bitter aftertaste. Excellent! Medium black color. Medium body. I didn’t catch much roasted malt flavor. I want this year around! Acknud (1082) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Like standing in a pine forest. Bomber courtesy of miketd. Dark brown pour with ruby highlights. Medium foamy brown head. Nose of heavy citrus and pine. Citrus/pine taste with sharp bitter finish. joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - OCT 2, 2007
very burnt brown color with a dense brown head. huge aroma of flowers, citrus fruits and a earthy spiciness. thick sticky body. roasted orange and pine flavor with a floral spiciness. earthy malt taste way behind the bitterness. it really is a black IPA, never quite tried anything like it, very unique shadey (2171) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 1, 2007
22oz bottle. Pour looks more like a dark Belgian ale than an IPA. The head is also surprisingly dark cream. The aroma smells like a standard IPA. Nice floral hops. Flavor also mimics the standard IPA but with a nice touch of sweet malt. I give Stone credit for creating a unique beer, but its a decent IPA that turned dark - Nothing more. demitriustown (1192) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Bomber: Aroma is nice hop texture to it with some slight lemon zest scents and a light rind texture as well. The malt notes are very subdued because of the hops but are vaguely present within the aroma. Pours a dark brownish black yet somewhat clear with a thick fluffy off white head that lingers around for quite a while. Taste is very citrusy and definite big hop characteristics. The light malt textures show through on the back end of the flavor. Palate is bitter on the tongue and nice and long lasting. With light malt notes later on in the aftertaste. Overall, A very interesting brew to say the least. Big hop textures throughout and quite a good drink. Cheers!