Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2008
On Tap at Bier Tasting event at Boston’s Bistro & Pub.
Extremely black and extremely odd. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but was glad that I got the chance to sample this beer. Stout + IPA = 11 Anniversary? Roasted malt with nice strong hops. GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2008
On draft at Redlight Redlight’s Stone Kickoff, Orlando! Thanks to our own Redlight for owning an amazing bar. One must wonder how this beer retained the hoppiness for so long. The hops were still strong, as were the malts. Great balance between the strong flavors, though. Tastes like citrus covered toasted marshmallows. aracauna (3606) - Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2008
There was a distinct hop note emanating from the bottle when I uncapped it, but this is actually a fairly unhoppy beer by Stone standards dried fruits and nuts come from the malt and yeast and there is a faint chocolate in the finish. kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2008
On tap at the Oldsmar Tap House (Tampa, FL). Pours a slightly hazy dark brown color with thin white head. Aroma is heavily dominated by a hop presence but notes of malt, coffee, and toffee sneak through at times. Flavor is malty and hoppy with notes of citrus, pine, caramel and coffee. Generally medium to full bodied with a slightly sweet, slightly bitter finish. EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Opaque red-brown pour with a nice light tan head. Fruity hop aroma with citrus and grapefruit. Slightly sweet fruity hop flavor. Lots of citrus and roasted malt. Like a mixture between an IPA and stout. Would like to try it fresh!
sridleyGTR (23) - Golden, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2009
Poured into a trappist glass from a 22 oz bottle. Looks like a stout – opaque black with a thin tan head that fades to almost nothing, but leaves lacing behind. Aroma dominated by juniper / pine, with malty undertones. Creamy palate that turns slightly fizzy (you feel the carbonation that you can’t see). Bitter cocoa up front transforms into a major piney hop aftertaste. Some smoke flavors emerge as the beer warms. Finishes with lingering medicinal and cherry flavors. A strange combination of flavors, but the ABV is well hidden. ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - APR 28, 2009
On tap at Deep Ellum. Body is black with very little light at the corners. A tall creamy tan head had good resiliency and leaves spotty lacing. The nose and initial flavor is full of fresh crisp hops, with citrus peel, grapefruit and watery pine notes. The body feels heavy on the tongue, roasty and malty with lots of toasted nuts and chewy bread, but the hops and the carbonation carry this beer. I sometimes think Stone’s carbonation detracts from the beer, being too lively and acting as a thinning agent on my pallate, but it works to their advantage with this beer and allows the hops to break through the roasty body and come alive. Really nice. nickd717 (4690) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 4, 2009
First beer sampled at Boonville Beer Fest. Nice black color with a medium cream-colored head. Aroma of piney hops and roast. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, grapefruit, orange, and typical Stone hops. Palate medium with fairly high carbonation. jonno (2761) - JAPAN - MAY 14, 2009
Either this recipe is slightly different to the XI or the conditions I drunk it under were different, but this was a touch disappointing. Still a good beer, but after having a taste of the XI from a friend this couldn’t match up. Similar to the arrogant bastard in many ways, but the hops were not as bitter as I expected. Very good but not great lamas (1639) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2009
22 oz. bottle. Enjoy by: 06/30/09. Deep mahogany pour with a finger-thick khaki head. Great balance in the aroma - loads of pine and grapefruits along with caramel, vanilla, and some chocolate. Medium-bodied. Excellent balance taste-wise too. Starts off with some slightly toasty caramel maltiness and hints of dark chocolate. Grapefruits at the end. Fairly dry finish with some peppery tongue stinging that lingers. Some subtly warming alcohol underneath it all.