Zeswaft (1671) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a massive surprise. Pours our thick black and dark tan head. The abundance of spices leap out. Flavors of cinnamon and allspice, balanced handily with rich roasted malts and chocolate, plus a healthy dose of hops. The best way that I could describe this is as an imperial pumpkin/spice stout. Freaking delicious and dangerously drinkable.
kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark with very sizable head and ample lacing that last for a decent amount of time. Aroma: cinnamon, cayenne, clove, orange peel, Hot Tamales candy. Very spicy and hot for sure, especially for the first few minutes. Mellows somewhat as it sits in the glass, becoming more malty and fruity. Taste - similarly spicy with dark roasty chocolate character in the background and finish. Very dry, as advertised. Certainly more interesting than last year’s Epic. This is quite unlike any other beer I’ve tried, and I mean that in a mostly good way.
sonnycheeba (5147) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle; 06-12 mini-vertical tasting. Pours deep, dark brown with faint ruby highlights and thick, fizzy tan head; good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma is heavy cloves, roasted and chocolate malts, coffee, dates, raisins, pine, and floral hops. Flavor is ash, cloves, bitter earthy hops, spice, roast malt, and faint dark fruit esters; dry, ashy finish. Medium body and low carbonation.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Served in a Vertical Epic glass. Really heavy on the spice. Like a bad gingerbread cookie without any sweetness.
jkbachman (181) - - JAN 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Spice aroma predominantly cinnamon. Slight fruity esters. Peppery and clove flavor on top of the cinnamon. Finishes slightly dry and tart.
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pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark, basically opaque dark brown. Lots of head on it, dark coffee-brown. Raisin, cinnamon in the smell. Has a nice light fizzy feel, bot quite what I expected from it. Pretty good, a decent sweetness to it. Perhaps a little too sweet.
badwhale (419) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber to glass mug. Pours an opaque black with a brown head that stays. Clove is the dominant flavor with a black coffee background. Nice and smooth mouthfeel. Tons of stuff going on here. Says it’s a belgian, but you couldn’t convice me. Its more imperial stout.
RoyalFlushing (326) - Mamaroneck, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a dark cola with a large mocha head and notable lacing. Aroma begins with gingerbread with notes of ginger, allspice, and clove evident followed by a hint of roasted malt. Taste begins with similar spices before a wave of roasted malt leads to palatable bitterness. Enjoyable creamy mouthfeel with flavor of spices lingering. Really enjoyed this and definitely worth having another.
Oscbert (1253) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
~Strong aroma of clove, licorice, pepper and ginger. Reminds me of the holidays. Love the smell, but not getting any malt or hops.
~Pours pitch black with small brown bubbly head.
~Strong clove flavor with same spices that were found in aroma along with cinnamon. Spices are overwhelming and make this hard to drink.
~medium full bodied with medium CO2, lingering bitter clove finish.
~The spices are too much on this. Loved the aroma, but my palate was assaulted by a spice cabinet. Needs sweetness for balance or less spices. Bummer. I was really looking forward to this.
Huhzubendah (3543) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 12, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to the Thorpes for sharing.
The beer is dark brown, nearing black, with a quarter inch if beige head. The aroma offers licorice, overly spiced, cookie dough, holiday spices. Mediocre flavor. Dark roast and spices with a touch of alcohol heat. This puts the final touches on a mediocre set of beers. On the whole, I remain entirely unimpressed with Stone.