cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2007 22 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a dark brown color with a one and a half finger thick tan head. Nice lacing. Has your typical IPA aromas - citrus, floral, and pine hops with only a slight hint of malt. The flavor is only slightly more balanced. The hops lead the way with a tad bit of roasted malt bringing up the rear. Palate is kinda dry with a slight bitter aftertaste. Medium body. Alcohol is noticeable, but doesn’t take anything away from the beer. Overall, a good, enjoyable beer. HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - SEP 7, 2007
22oz bottle: Pours a deep dark brown almost black with nice finger plus of tan head. The aroma is sweet, with nice hope presence but not like a west coast IPA. I get roast, some chocolate and almost a hint of smoke. It feels really nice in you mouth, almost creamy but the finish is a little harsh with a hop bite. Great lacing as the beer drains from the glass. Unusual but a good change for Stone on this Anniversary effort. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Tasted at Stone XI Party. Dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma of roasted barley, caramel, and fruit. Citrus taste dominates with a nice roastiness, some pine notes, and a tangy finish. Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Pours a nice deep brown with a thin brown head. The aroma is a mix of hops and a light amount of citrus. The taste is a hoppy, grapefruit, and a bit of roasted malt. mjg74 (3204) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 13, 2007
Bottle from Windy City Liquor. Very dark in color upon pouring. Somewhat sweet hoppy aroma. Smells like a hoppy ale. Quite hoppy in flavor. Dominated by bitterness with a roasty malty flavor underlying. Like a really hopped up stout.
Padron4KM (810) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - SEP 14, 2007
22 oz bomber. KAME (161) - California, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin tan head.
Aroma is piney, roasty and a slight wiff of alcohol.
Flavor is piney up-front, with some citrus, chocolate and dark fruits lurking around.
Finish is long and piney, but there is enough malt balance to keep it fom drying out.
This should age well.
Yes, this beer is actually pretty good. The appearance does not match the liquid in the glass. It smells like a lightly roasted, piney IPA with hints of chocolate, orange peal, and noticeable alcohol undertones. It tastes like a bitter strong ale with a nice malt backbone. As it warms, the alcohol definitely comes into the picture, but its rather tolerable. Odeed (1806) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 14, 2007
black imperial stout looking body with a nice creamy light brown head.as the head rests it leaves some nice webbing.the aroma is alot like double bastard.citrus hops and alcohol heat.the flavor blends up pine and citurs hops,smoke,some roasted malt,and alcohol.its a little hot now and im curious what some aging would do to it..... mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 14, 2007
A dark IPA--now this is an interesting one. It definitely has the normal Stone hop profile, but with a definitely roasted malt undertone. Quite a unique and interesting combination, and I think I like it. BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
Bottle shared with chadzter. Pours dark brown with an average, frothy, light brown head, lasting, excellent lacing. Aroma is average malt (caramel, cookie), heavy hops (flowers, perfume, pine, spruce), light yeast (dough) with notes of light alcohol. Full bodied, alcoholic texture, lively carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and heavy bitterness.