JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 8, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2012 Rerate march 13, 2012. Much better this time. Nice hops and roastiness.
Sampled at the Stone 11th party.
Dark brown with red highlights, this is IPA meets porter. bitter and very very very dry, not my cup of tea WeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2009 Ah so it goes that this is an alias, and i just tried the new sublimely self rightoues version and it was pretty nice.
2nd sample Stone Anniversary Fest XI. On Cask dry hopped with simcoe and summit hops. Pours dark dark black with a 1 finger creamy head. The nose was very nice, with prickly hops. Very smooth and sweet taste, not overly bitter. Damn nice anniversary brew. DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Bomber. Pours dark brown with a large, foamy tan head. Aroma is earthy, resiny hops with a strong malt background. A bit of chalkiness. Warmer temperature reveal a fruity smell, some citrus. I want to say there is a roasty or chocolate aroma but I think that’s just a strange synaesthetic response to the appearance. Without looking at the beer this could pass as a normal strong, balanced IPA or IIPA. Taste is different. Interesting and unique. Not too bitter. Creamy mouthfeel. I don’t even know how to describe the taste really. There’s definitely some roastiness in the finish, though subtle. The hops present in the aroma don’t present themselves in the taste too much. Weird beer. This is good though. HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 19, 2007
Bottle. Pours very dark with a smallish head. Aromas of hops and some roastiness. Flavors are dominated by hops.
The beer induced cognitive dissonance:it looks like a stout or porter but tastes like an IPA with a fairl aggressive hop profile, pine and resins, and some floweriness. There is not much malt offsetting this. An interesting well done beer but dare I say it it is overhyped. MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2007
22oz - Aroma is strong grapefruit with yeast bubblegum and brown sugar sneaking in. Pours black with a small head and great lacing. Flavor is drenched in alcohol. Citrus hops followed by chalky dark roasted malts. Palate is hot and tart. Interesting and different but a little too hot for me. I wonder if a little time to mellow would allow for the complexity to shine.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 20, 2007
On-tap at Hamiltons. Pours with a dark reddish-brown body topped by a medium thick, off-white head with lots of lacing. It’s very bitter and hoppy with a stomg piney note, a little pepper and a hint of grapefruit. A little bit of underlying malty sweetness shows through as well as some sourness. Medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. flemdawg (562) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Dark brown body with a thin head of light tan bubbles. Aroma of citrusy hops, almost like a fresh orange along with some grapes, and a dash of yeast. The taste, wow. Hoppy hoppy hoppy. But also some roasty malts and a hint of coffee near the finish. A very interesting beer to say the very least. TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 13, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2009 Pours dark reddish brown with a fully receding tan head. Aroma of fresh hops, notes of citrus, mango, pine, toffee and tropical fruits. Taste is resinous and hoppy, with notes of grapefruit, mango, and dark toffee. Mouthfeel full bodied, resinous with lively carbonation. Despite the dark color, the hops are very dominant in this beer. beisen (90) - California, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Pours almost pitch black with a short tan head. A little reddish tint if you hold it to the light. I expected it to be more IPA than it is, because of the cryptic words on the label. The color threw that out the window, plus the roasted maltiness and the coffee tones. Of course, Stone wouldn’t be complete without strong hops, and they win the day in the end. Nice and complex. It strikes a balance between a porter and an IPA. RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2007
Draft. Aroma: Slight roasted malt flavor with a touch of brown sugar. Big hop nose with a lot of citrus, tropical fruits, floral, and pine. Appearance: Dark brown in color with reddish highlights. Light tan head was full and frothy with good retention. Good lacing. Flavor: Some roasty flavors upfront with notes of toffee, smoke, cocoa. Hops kick in big with a bunch of citrus and mango, pine and resin, floral and light grass. Lots of sticky bitterness. Finishes dry with a bit of astringency. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Medium carbonation. Overall: This was good, but I’m not sure if I’d buy a bottle. Bitterness was a bit harsh at times and hung around long after drinking.