Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fantastic, evil aroma with notes of mocha, deep dark chcocolate, peanut butter, coffee and roasted malt.
This is my ideal Imperial Stout as it had the ingredients that I usually desire. It had lots of deep rich malt notes rather than dark fruitiness that you find in some, yet I thought too much black malt was used in this one. Coffee, chocolate and mocha were present. For the style, this beer is alright.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks Sancho for this outstanding bottle!. Beautiful deep black pour with a great foamy, mocha-brown head. Nose hits me with black licorice and raisens...slight bitter coffee smell...wonderful. Definite raisin and chocolate flavor....with a bit of coffee on the finish. Tastes like it smells., which is great. More I drink the more I get notes of toasted nuts. Iím sad Sancho only sent me one bottle...
mustang3 (254) - Whitby, CANADA - SEP 25, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
03/04 bottle. Poured into a snifter opaque black with a foamy tan head. The nose is roasty with ints of coacoa. The flavour is not nearly as roasted with great flavours of chocolate and raisin and a nice dry aftertaste. Went very well with some fine dark chocolate.
Loddeer (171) - USA - SEP 25, 2004
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Another extremely overrated beer. The initial taste is inviting, but leads to a more charcoal then chocolaty taste. There was a subtle hint of espresso almost, but the dominance of the dark flavors on the palate made it unenjoyable on the whole. It was not that bad, but as far as being rated so well ... give me a break.
Kevin (2116) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle. blacker than my soul with a slight orange head. aroma is alcohol and chocolate, reminiscent of a warm hadful of hershey kisses. strong chocolate taste that has a great hop bight that lends a fantastic balance. there is also a touch of orange flavor that melts in nicely. this was very warming, as i now see it should have been at 8.5% leaves a bit of coffee and of course chocolate in my mouth. Thanks to Tchrome for this one also.
shameusburp (171) - Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Not as chocolateity as Stone which suits me fine. Great example of chocolate stout.
burcusabrews (106) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 20, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep opaque with creamy mocha head. Dark roasted nose with a slight sourness and dark chocolate. Flavors of deep nuttiness with burnt toast lingering for 2+ minutes and turning into espresso.
badgerben (4529) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2011 Bottled Winter of 2003/04; Tasted September 17, 2004: Pours a nice, death black with little head. Very obvious chocolate nose present with a medium malt presense. Kind of a burnt chocolate taste. More malts and alcohol, but in a mellowed fashion. Fairly strong. Mighty tasty. 8/4/8/4/17
Re-rating, 10/29/2011: Not sure of the bottle date, but itís from this yearís batch, so quite fresh. Black color with a large, quickly falling head. Chocolatey aroma with some serious alcohol notes. Very sweet chocolate taste at first. The alcohol is definitely not hidden. Light fruity notes. Full bodied. Turns a bit tart after a while in the glass and the chocolate seemed to fade. 7/4/7/4/16
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
03/04 Black Coloring. With Tan Ring.. Rich Chocolate Aroma and Flavor. Slight Warming..and just a Bit Bitter and the End.. Best Chocolate Stout Iíve Had.
Goblincat (386) - Westland, Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours thick and black with a thin coffee colored head. Notes of malt, coffee, chocolate... Almost like smelling a chocolate mudslide. Dry mouthfeel with a light chocolate, malt, and touch of alcohol taste.