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 (1080) - 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!!!
fordest (2021) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - MAR 21, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bomber special thanks to 123456Green. Darkest pour with a minimal brown head. Aroams are very sweet. Orange, Cherry, dried fruit, some sweet chocolate. More chocolate covered cherries after a few sniffs. Lots of chocolate in the flavor. Much roastiness up front. Some alcohol warming in the middle along with some more dark fruit. A not so bitter but hoppy finish is wonderful. Excellent
stoutchap (421) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great pour - dark black brown with a small tan head. Some roasted notes in nose. Nice choco-coffee start, port middle, and maly finish. Great Imperial.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Red winy roast malt aroma with tons of dark chocolate. toffee note. Ink black pour with small super brown head. Bitter, tons of chocolate and coffee, and earthy. Very strong alcohol presence, thick almost syrupy palate, a slow drinker. Gets a bit tiresome quickly. Proudly unbalanced. Some dark fruit notes. Big long earthy-coffee-bitter finish that dominates my impression of this beer. Somehow this should not qualift as a beverage, I feel like I need another beverage to wash this one down! Which I donít really like doing with a "liquid"...
henry3r (586) - Wichita, Kansas, USA - MAR 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The bottle poured a thick black beverage with hints of ruby red coming through in strong light. There was a small, tan, creamy head that lasted throughout and left wonderful lacing on the glass. It resembled the froth on top of a perfectly made cup of espresso. The aromas were beautifully complex lead by moderately roasted grain, mild coffee and chocolate. Light herbal hop notes and sweet dough were present along with notes of ruby port and dried fruit. The body was very full with soft carbonation and an almost syrupy texture. The flavor started off moderately sweet and slowly changed character during the long finish to a light bitterness accompanied by a slight alcohol warmth. This one was WONDERFULL!
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - MAR 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was as black as the inside of a cowís stomach. Poured into a snifter glass and got a 1/2 inch of brown creamy foam. This lasted less than a minute, giving way to a small ring on the inside of the glass.
It was malty on first sniff. It had a molasses maybe chocolate aroma with a hint of the alcohol that lies within as I gave it another smell.
It is not "onslaught of the senses" as the description on the bottle claims. I do not detect the "bold hop character" either. But, Iím a hophead and a beer really has to be hopped up to impress me on that count. Now that said, this is not a bad brew. It just does not meet the claims on the bottle. I just had another sip. No hops and very malty. It seems the brewer wants to highlight the hop character of this stout, "It weighs in at a hefty 75 IBUs." That may well be, but all that is lost to the malt. It is so sweet that my lips were sticking to the glass before I had finished this beer.
It is smooth and creamy on the tongue.
If someone gave me one Iíd drink it. I would not go and buy another one. In fact I was in the very store today where I bought this "stout" and I did not buy another and never will. Why would I when its big brother Oak Aged Yeti is sitting next to it? I got 2 bottles of the Oak Yeti.
I had this from a 22oz. bottle. No dates on the bottle. To me this is a brew that could benefit from some aging. I assume this was made in 2005. But, who could tell? To the brewers, "Date your bottles!" I do not like this "stout" because it is way too sweet for me.