Skinnyviking (7501) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brown creamy head. Black body. Choccolate aroma. Choccolate coffee flavor.
lethe (177) - New York, USA - APR 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque black pour with a significant brown head for an imperial. Nose is mostly roast and oats. Palate is very heavy and sticky dense. Flavor is fairly typical for an imperial that starts out roast, has nice toffee and oak middleground, and finishes with tar and dryness. Not quite as bitter as expected. I had a freshly brewed bottle and it was good, but it was also clear that it was rough around the edges. Alcohol presence prevents the fruition of many of the latent flavors. Worth cellaring and another look.
Nejhleader (1301) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 5, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good strong stout. Had a nice creamy texture. Roast aroma, roast taste, toffee, caramel mixed in. Tad dry aftertaste.
doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma was as expected: roasted, coffee, but not very strong. Nice creamy, light-brown head. Excellent lacing and a fully lasting head. Color=black. Initial flavor was moderately sweet with a similar, long finish. Medium to full body with a syrupy texture. There was a heavy alcohol finish. I was a bit underimpressed with this one, as I really love the Oak-Aged version. I think this one needs a year with respect to the alcohol feel.
MoreHead (355) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
black with brown head, starting just like a nice stout should. chocolate milkshake in aroma, roasted bitter (hops) coffee in taste. very enjoyable, glad itís a big bottle!
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks great, dark- and the head is extremely dark brown, it looks like a chocolate milkshake! The aroma is yeasty, and very sweet like cherries with a bit of chocolate. Flavour is hoppier than I expected- also roasty, chocolate, alcohol, and again this strong fruity/sweetness that tastes a little out of place. Slight taste of roasty caramel lingers.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours blacker than most other imperial stouts with a really dark brown head that thins out over a surprisingly long period of time. This really looks like a treat! The aroma is strong, almost fruity, caramel malty sweetness, chocolate syrup, and pine. The palate is a little on the thin side for an imperial stout, but the CO2 is about right and the alcohol warming is something I enjoy. There are some serious hops in this beer! This is something Iíd envision coming from Stone! Massive pine and acid! Of course itís also very coffee/ chocolate roasty and sweet, but not the malty kind of sweet. This could be a little richer, though most beers would get away with this level of richness. The problem is the hops are so intense that there needs to be more balance here. The charcoal/hop bitterness stays on the palate nicely. Oh, and you can definitely taste the alcohol. Overall, totally drinkable.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz - Aroma is chocolate, mocha, vanilla, and a bit of roasted dark malts. Pours jet black with small brown head and good lacing. Flavor is much roastier than the aroma. Coffee is also stronger. Earty and rich with hops, dark chocolate, vanilla, and alcohol. Palate is tart and creamy. A great tasting imperial stout.
walleye (1072) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 28, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
from the bottle. poured black with a huge brown head that left a lot of lacing. aroma roasted malts, coffee, dark sweet chocolate, raisins, brown sugar, alcohol comes ot nicely along with some sweet oranges. flavor wow this beer is packed with roasted flavor from the coffee, malts to a nuttyness, got some dark cherries and a hint of citrus. very good beer.
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
This and itís brother, oak aged, are the two best damn beers Iíve had in a long time! The pour is black like tar but with a Guinness head. The lacing has 20 minute legs, to bad the beer lasts maybe half that. The smeel is huge roasted malts, dark chocolate, alcohol, and plum fruits.
The taste is massive with oak (?), coffee, chocolate and alcohol, bu not in the least bit overpowering or offensive.
The mouthfeel is light and smooth, almost to easy.
This beer is fricking Stout Gold!!!