lukeherinckx (134) - mount pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thick pour to a black body and tan head. Roasty smell, hint of chocolate taste with a fantastic malty finish. One of the better winter beers available this year
biggirlpanties (131) - Riverside, California, USA - JAN 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
[place holder rating- notes backlog] Yeah, whatever. Haters gonna hate. I love this stuff. Rich and silky with a decent red fruit addition and continuing dark chocolate explosion. Full palate. Really nice. The barrel aged version is a tad bit better, but this one is cheaper and essentially just as good! Yum.
o_Merlin_o (130) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap from the brewery in San Marcos. Awesome aroma of bourbon. Definite liquor taste. Tasty, although highly alcoholic. Slight coffee flavoring.
v8powered (123) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer pours pretty dark. It has so much malt flavor and balanced hops. The flavor dissipates pretty quickly and the body is not very deep. Good beer overall but not the best...
IEBAILI (123) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a growler, pours dark black like my soul, nice tan head that lasts and laces, smells the typical chocolate and coffee of the style, has a nice warm roasty flavor, a smooth rich body, pretty much everything it should be. Finish is pleasantly fruity - a bit lighter than expected, with hints of cherry and lots of chocolate. Creamy texture throughout. Nice stout, so easy drinking that I overdid it last night and didnít realize it until I woke up with an imperial hedache today.
brewskis (121) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - DEC 25, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark as night with a two and a half finger mocha colored head that dissipates slowly and leaves a wonderful, thick lacing. Just a beautiful looking beer with an impressive head for a strong beer. Smells of bittersweet chocolate, some expresso, vanilla, some hoppy notes like grass or floral when it warms, lots of roasted breadiness as well some brown sugar sweetness. Taste starts with the bittersweet chocolate, expresso, some vanilla. In the middle, tons of roasted and bready malt shine through that smooths out the bitter chocolate and expresso. The finish then turns a little more bitter. This time itís from the hops, not the bittersweet chocolate. Also get the expresso, chocolate, roasted flavors, some brown sugar, maybe some peat. As it warms more of the hop characters show through and you get more floral notes on the finish as well. Pretty full body with a very creamy and rich mouthfeel. Nothing Christmasy about this, just a great, rich imperial stout.
AZBennett (114) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aromas of coffee, cocoa and booze. Tastes nearly the same with more booze added and some ash/tar thrown in for good measure then finishes with some licorice. The mouthfeel is creamy and heavy with an aftertaste of booze and bitter chocolate. Overall a very nice beer, I enjoyed it more than the BA version.
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bitter chocolate and roasted coffe on the nose. Huge head that lingers and lace that sticks like a snail. Big in your mouth,as if you take a small drink and it expands, rich coffee,chocolate and drys out on the finish. I want more.
FlyingTaco (112) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Original review 4/15/2008...Pours like a thick, viscous, 10W30 iced quadruple espresso. Moderate coffee ice-cream head with decent lacing.
Christmas pine-scented hops are abundant. Deep ginger and cloves in the roasted chocolate malt aroma. Alcohol is present but not obtrusive. Needs warmth.
Double dark roast coffee hits first. Deep chocolate malt is abundant; alchohol separates a little bit.
Alcohol hits up front with some chocolate sweetness; finish is all about dark roasted coffee. Slight alcoholic aftertaste isnít offensive in the least. Carbonation shows up here when itís at its coldest - let this one warm.
This is very enjoyable - not a treacherous sipper, but not sessionable either. Well-made, excellent representative of the style.
tturner (111) - , Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Old Viscosity meets Stoneís RIS.
22oz bottle aged 9 months. This was beer perfection in every way. good sweetness up front. earthy dark almost smoky finish that stretched out across the back of the pallet. lots of complex notes and flavors.
Had a few younger bottles last nov/dec and would have rated them a low 4. this aged extremely well and I will be investing a case for my cellar once itís released again.