SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber poured into my snifter.
A- Deep brown-almost black nearly opaque body that pours with a 1 finger cafe brown colored head. Head fizzes away quickly and no lacing is left behind in the glass.
S-Roasted bitter chocolate malt and a hint oh phenols.
T- Roasted chocolate malt upfront with some oatmeal flavoring. A bit more bitterness comes through for the finish along with a hint of alcohol.
P- Low to medium carbonation and somewhat heavy body. Alcohol more present than oatmeal in mouthfeel.
O- This is a good imperial oatmeal stout. Not very complex but tasty. All the flavors are contained in the name. Not as thick of an oatmeal presence as I would like and certainly not as good as stone RIS but still a very good beer.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-08-2008 15:13:13
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - APR 20, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had this when it was first released and now again two years later. I have to say with the age on it, this stuff is amazing. Extremely smoky aroma and flavor, with hints of coffee and chocolate. As malty as this is the bitter finish is a plus. If you can still find this pick it up, well worth it!
JorisPPattyn (8567) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 16, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Probably more than a bit aged, I presume? Medium, thight, greige head over virtually black beer. Unprecedented nose of packed, intense Ersatz-coffee, oatmeal, chocolate, dry (NOT fatty) peanuts, Brazil nuts, roast, hot waffles, and vanilla beans. Incredibly complex and equally balanced. Dry, smokey, roasted taste with chocolate, moccha, mild vegetable bitterness. Totally different from the nose, but as balanced. Very rich, thick, nearly sleazy texture, viscous and full-bodied, warming. Extremely long-lasting aftertaste. Easily one of Stoneís best products ever tasted. Iím honestly impressed. Abject thanks to whomever bestowed this upon me...
grimreaperguru (251) - santee, California, USA - APR 16, 2010
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a jet black motor oil with a dark brown head.The aroma is dark chocolate with a little alcohol.The flavor is a great sweet chocolate.The body is full and the finnish is smooth.Overall the best Stone brew ever.
matthewjk (987) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
$8 / 22oz bomber - Should I have expected more? I donít know? I found this at Jungle Jimís and I thought I found a rare find--I did! But a rarity doesnít mean it is good or great; this one is just okay. It is definitely bitter, perhaps too bitter for any oatmeal stout. Iím not completely unhappy with what Stone is trying to do with this one, but Iím not over joyed either.
Terminus (3371) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle-sampled fresh and about 2 months ago. pours black as oil with a nice tan head. huge chocolate nose fresh, but as it aged, it became a bit more woody, with touch of rasin, anise and baking chocolate. the bitter chocolate covers the alcohol nicely here-better than most stone beers in those terms. flavors are roasty, chocolate and a touch of dark fruits. long chocolate finish. rich, dangerous and oh so good! one of the better aniversary beers that stone has ever released. It held up nicely 1 1/2 yrs later as well. Im sure bottles are still tasting good.
ALCOHOLNIZM (165) - WARWICK, Alabama, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
BLACK BEER WITH DARK BROWN HEAD AND A LIGHT AROMA OF FERMENTED DARK FRUITS, KINDA PRUNE LIKE. RICH THICK AND BITTER BURNT COFFEE FLAVOR WITH A SLIGHT HINT OF UNSWEETEND CHOCOLATE. THE ONLY THING I DONT LIKE ABOUT IT IS THERE SEEMS TO BE A METALIC FLAVOR AT THE FRONT NOTES, NOT MUCH BUT ENOUGH MENTION , OVER ALL A VERY FILLING YET EASY TO DRINK BEER. CANT TASTE ANY OATMEAL HERE MORE OF A COFFEE STOUT TO ME. STILL GOOD REGARDLESS YET NOT GREAT.
virtuosovii (103) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was great. It was very thick and poured like motor oil with a thick dark tan head. Smelled and tasted like the name suggests--bitter dark chocolate.This well-put-together imperial stout got better with every sip.
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - FEB 25, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A black pour -mocha head.taste sweet upfront and a bitter dry chocolate expresso finish. Wow an awesome beer
applesquash (2) - USA - FEB 24, 2010 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of my top 3 all time favorites. I got one from a nearby market and enjoyed it so much I went back for 2 more but they only had 1. The guy mentioned they did have a case in the back but werenít going to open it. So I bought the case. I think I was tricked. What a nice trick to play. Trick me like that any time.