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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
87 90 84 3 20 4
11th Anniversary Ale by Stone Brewing Company
American IPA
8.70 % ABV


 
Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 4 9 2009
22oz Bomber

September 2007

Recieved from the excellent trader known as errantnight. Thanks for looking out Derek. A black IPA? This should be interesting. Stone's 11th Anniversary pours black with some faint garnet highlights along the bottom and up the sides of the glass. A two finger beige head formed on the pour that does not disappear. This head sticks around throughout the glass and leaves big sticky patches as the beer disappears. Really good looking brew.

The nose starts, continues, and ends in hoppy goodness. There's not a whole lot of malt coming through but what does comes in the form of sweet caramel. There's also hints of caramalized-to-slightly-scorched sugar in there. Who cares about the malt right? The hops are where it's at with this beer. Brown sugar coated grapefruit pushes through quickly and leads throughout. My mouth waters as I smell this beer.

This beer tastes just like brown sugar coated grapefruit from the second it hits the tongue till the swallow. That sweet caramel and lightly scorched sugar trys to work through the grapefruit but falls far short. As a matter of fact this beer tastes identical to the way it smells. This beer will do a number on the tongue. You will be numb by the end of a bomber...After this beer gets closer to maybe 55 a mild bittersweet chocolate character comes through that adds a nice depth.

Medium body with a light creamy mouthfeel. I can't believe the weight (or lack there of) of a beer with this high an abv. Good lingering bitterness on the swallow sticks around until the next sip.

This beer is going down far to easy and far to quickly. Amazingly easy to drink for a high abv like this beer has. I would only drink one bomber at a time for the simple fact that your tongue takes a beating and I'd feel like I wouldn't getthe most out of the second bomber.

Another great beer from Stone. I don't think these guys do anything wrong. A black IPA is a cool concept that I hope to see again in the future. Keep it up over there at Stone. I have yet to not be crazy about any of your brews.

Reviewed: 11/5/07

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 03/12/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 19 4 9 2009
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 9-13-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

Poured into my Stone 11th Anniversary pint glass. It is dark, porter-like dark with a huge 2 fingers worth of fluffy espresso colored foam. Great lacing around the glass and holds a nice layer of foam throughout.

It is dark, and it smells like a tasty ipa. It’s dark and it smells like an ipa. Has the world gone mad! Very fruity aromas of ripe pineapple, grapefruit, mango, orange, lemon zest; and then there is the sweet, biscuit and hefty malt backbone. There seems to be some coffee or roasted aroma trying to get through but the hops just push it back. I had the 11th with Chinook at the festival and it smelled more herbal, this one is very fruity and floral.

The taste is very unique. Just the slightest roasted/coffee flavor, some smoky flavor in there as well but there is some serious hops in this one. Great, just great.

The mouthfeel is just as interesting, it goes down pretty easy but it’s creamy as well. There is some nice lingering bitterness and a bit of alcohol in the finish. Drinks very well. I think this is one for the top 100.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 0
A - Pours a dark brown hazelnut colored body that shows to be clean and clear when brought up to the light. Oatmeal colored head is fluffy and rocky at the same time, made of mostly tight bubbles. Good retention. Sticky lacing.

S - It's got that distinct Stone floral hop bitterness to it. Grapefruity hops. Pine resin and a touch of strawberry. Faint mild chocolate?

T - Slight chocolate and cocoa up front believe it or not. Works into some lighter pale malt before the hops take charge. Pine resins flood the mouth with the same hops that remind me of both Stone 10th and Ruination a bit. Pine works into some floral grapefruity hoppiness. Bitter wash towards the end with a clean finish. Only some hoppiness lingers.

M - Medium bodied with slightly biting carbonation.

D - Another winner of an Anniversary beer here for Stone. If only I didn't have to pay shipping to get more of this. I could see myself drinking bottle after bottle of this.

Served In: Pint Glass

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