chrisafari (100) - Orange, California, USA - MAY 23, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Stone Brewing World Bistro And Gardens. Pours dark black w/ a brown creamy small head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate w/ a hint of alcohol. Flavor begins intense and alcoholy on the tip of the tongue, but ends smooth and chocolaty sweet. The intense malts create a complex flavor, that is spicy, chocolate, coffee and alcohol. The alcohol is enjoyable and tastes almost like a red wine. Palate is nice and smooth, really great. Not even a hint of hops. Overall, very very good. One of the best Imperial Stouts. A must try.
dmruth (25) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 20, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 Bottle. No doubt about the coffee beans. Pours a thick black with minimal head. There is a strong aroma (and flavor) of malt and coffee. There is a hit of licorice in the finish. As the beer warms up a chocolate flavor appears. A delightful palate that is thick and interesting. The alcohol taste is a bit much, but perhaps aging would improve this aspect. This is a powerful beer that required a few drinks to "figure out".
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 20, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick black with a bit of a dark tan head. Lots of a malt and coffee and sweet licorice. A bit overpowered by the alcohol. Very good balanced flavor with sweet creamy coffee. Some chocolate and licorice. I actually didnít even realize it was coffee flavored until I read the label more carefully. The coffee flavor is present but very subtle and not overpowering; I thought it was just coming from the malt. A bit two much alcohol flavor. Still an amazing beer. Maybe a little aging could soften it a bit and make it perfect.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Classic beer! Poured a dark black opaque body. Monstrous coffee nose with some malty, boozy notes as well. Thick, rich mouthfeel. Lives up to the hype. Wonderful beer!
Ando (105) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2008
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
*did not like would not buy*
aroma: rasins and figs and dark fruits. sweet dark malts. no smoke no bitter. app: black Flavor: sour metalic stale garbage. to many hops. hot booze, out of balance. not for me. IS IT THE GREEN BOTTLE?? 2 years of age in a bottle made for swill?? come on. sweet almost avery sugar spiked fake booze. NO! Palate: thin. OA: what a let down.
darkninja67 (40) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 19, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle. Pours a dark heavy black with a light brown head. Aroma of coffee and some chocolate. Flavor of coffee and chocolate. Some alcohol noted as it is a 12% abv brew. Very rich tasting and smooth overall. May be the best stout I have tasted. Highly recommended if you have not had this one before. Good job Alesmith.
rsamayoa (24) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - MAY 18, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Esta la voy a recordar como la que me intrujo a este vicio de andar probando birrias.. Buenisima
joekfsu (138) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2008
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
#100. 25.4 oz bottle. Pours a thick black that is impossible to see through with a 2 cm tan foamy head that is slowly diminishing. Aroma is totally dominated by coffee with hints of malt and alcohol. Initial flavor is coffee heavy with a hint of chocolate that changes to a balance of previous flavors plus malts and a slight hop bite at the end. Ends moderately bitter, lasts, can feel the alcohol here. Tons of lacing, medium body, very light carbonation, and obvious alcohol hanging around. Drinkable, yes, best stout around, maybe, best I have tasted yet, absolutely.
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2009 Bottle. Poured opaque with a quickly dissipating coke colored head. A viscous lacing. Aroma is strong dark roasted malts, sweet dark chocolate hints. A very rich dry roast penetrating flavor with no hint of burn or char. Very dry finish. Great imperial stout.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 11, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2011 Pours a deep black with a foamy brown head. Aroma is lots of dark roasted coffee and some dark chocolates. Flavor is mostly coffee up front, but then roasted malts, grains and chocolate sweetness come through. Creamy and smooth. A great brew.