SimpsonsFan714 (3) - - DEC 9, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from 22 oz. bottle, in Stone Russian Imperial Stout snifter. This bottle has been aged at room temperature since it was purchased in early September 2009.
**Appearance**: Deep brown and slightly viscous. A tall, light-brown head is creamy and sticks around for a while, slowly fading to a thick ring. Leaves massive laces on the glass.
**Nose**: A hint of grapes or cherry at first, quickly, and then chocolate and a roastiness. As it warms, the chocolate becomes more pronounced and I get some vanilla and some oak.
**Mouthfeel**: Medium-to-full bodied and silky smooth. Thereís not a lot of bite, but again I can tell there were hops in this fresh. Itís very clean drinking.
**Taste**: Chocolate and toasted malts, then that fades to mostly the chocolate aftertaste. A slight hint of cherry or grapes around the edges. A touch of vanilla and smoke as it warms.
**Overall**: This beer is phenomenal. It tastes like a mellow, slighly-chocolate porter. Itís smooth and very well balanced. Itís roasted malt is not too sweet at all. I love this one. Itís my favorite of the series (and I still have three more to go.)
**Room temp vs. cellar temp**: I aged this at room temperature, and it tastes phenomenal. I donít have a cellar-temp aged bottle to which to compare this one, so I canít say how it would have differed, but I see no reason to think it would be any better than this one. It is pure awesomeness.
Zita (5299) - Assentoft, DENMARK - APR 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
sep2011:very malty coffe aroma,black, brown foam, light sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, medium body, red wine finish.
Bacterial (1958) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour at the Vendome Pasadena bottle share - thanks! Brown pour, clear with a little bit of tan head. A little rubber on the front end of the taste then chocolate with a hint of orange. Pretty good.
radiomgb (2462) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York. Very near black in colour with a thin but lasting tan head, some light lacing. The aroma is of dark chocolate, some coffee, roasted malts, sweet. The flavour is of chocolate, some caramel, lots of roasted and toasted malts, light smoke, moderate sweetness, moderate bitterness. Bitter and roasty mouthfeel, medium body, moderate carbonation. Finishes very long, bitter and quite roasty. More a Stout/Porter and in that sense it is quite nice. Not sure what they were trying here but I like it.
wedgie9 (2501) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes. Tasted on 12/12/12 from a capped 22oz bottle with Curtis, and the Nashville crew. Pours dark brown with an average tan head that leaves a bubbly ring of lace. The nose is dark chocolate, very roasted, plenty of vanilla oak, with some oxidation starting to peek through. The flavor is more milk chocolate up front and bitterness on the back, with the dark chocolate and vanilla oak still prevalent. The body is full with just under average carbonation and a long bitter and oaky finish.
Svesse (6735) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - NOV 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Very dark brown colour, almost black, with frothy beige head. Roasted, malty nose with dark bitter chocolate, tar, liquorice, black rye bread, treacle, toasted oak wood, anise and a touch of orange peel. Roasted, malty taste with notes of dark chocolate, liquorice, tar/smoke, treacle, black rye bread, orange peel, oak wood, vanilla fudge, a touch of raspberries and a generous cocoa bitterness in the finish. Almost full body, with balanced sweetness. Quite powerful taste, still in good balance. Excellent beer!
alobar (2992) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cola brown pour with a soapy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, and tropical fruit. Vanilla and chocolate flavor with tropical fruit with some roasted malt. Very nice.
tia (1124) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ RG 21. Dark brown with decent lacing. Smells like chocolate and play-doh. A tad wonky with some rubber.
jackl (5369) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle pour @ the 21st Richmond Gathering. Deep brown with a tiny tan head. Very oxidized nose. Apples, plums. Cardboard. Taste is peppery. Steak sauce. Soy. Nasty cardboard. Sludgy burnt chocolate. So bad.
Marduk (3533) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
660ml bottle (shared by FatPhil, thanks). Pitch black color. Medium size, brown head, stays. Roast, malty, sweet, faint milk, raisins in aroma. Malty, roast, caramel, dark chocolate, raw cocoa in taste. Malty body. Roasted malts in aftertaste. So mellow and absolutely perfect balance.
FatPhil (10056) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2014 660ml bottle (dunno which webshop, maybe biercompass.de)
Lovely rich roasty aroma, some chocolate hints. Basically black, sticky large tan head. Very full palate, smooth, and in some ways a bit slick, but itís working for me at the moment (I have a bit of a cold). Great roast, some more of the chocolatey aspects, earthy hops, touch of a metallic tooth-coating noble hop bitterness too. Finish starts with a slight burntness, then some cocoa-powdery chocalitiness. But some lovely dark treacle too. The earlier sips were so gentle - no sign of 8.6% at all. It does get just a little headier as it warms, but it never becomes hot or boozy. Gentleness is this guyís winning feature. Aged perfectly, Iíd like to say, at 5 years, but probably still has many more years in its peak. Good stuff, Stone!