jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer pours black with a medium tan head. There is about once inch of dark tan head. The first half inch fades quickly, but the second half actually stays for ahilw. Good lacing.
The aroma is medium, and full of lots of sweet chocoalte. At the end there is light hint of hops.
The taste ia also super sweet, bordering on too sweet, but doesnít cross it. There is TONS of sweet chocolate, but thatís about all I get. A little to simple.
The feel is on the lighter side without much of a finish.
Overall, it was decent for a chocolate beer, but nothing special
pushkinwow (1955) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a dark opaque black with tan creamy lacing. Aroma of molasses, bakerís chocolate. Huge molasses on the palate - almost overwhelms chocolate and the malts/oatmeal but you still get them along with some of the booziness showing through. Slightly bitter on the finish. Good but think it was probably better fresh.
thicksuds (408) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2008 bottle, found this at a local place this year, I was happy to come across it already aged. Pour is dark and thick, no carbonation to speak of or head. Smells like chocolate.
Aged pretty well, but for being 2 years old this is still tasting pretty strong to me, must have been hot coming out, nice taste and complexity, great depth. Chocolate taste, abv pretty well hidden, smooth, rich, and pretty bitter as well, hence the name, but I like the bitterness in there, adds another level to it.
All in all, well done, very strong, definitely imperial and lives up to the name. Satisfying if you are looking for a very indulgent stout.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle. Dark syrupy pour, jet black and thick. Oily lacing with a thin brown head. Tons of chocolate in the aroma with roasted malts. The flavor has a good chocolate base with a good malt backing. Though the ABV isnít super high itís a thick drink, so share it and spread the love around.
johnnnniee (2150) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 29, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown/black with a decent sized tan head that impales itself to the inside of the glass as I drink in its chocolaty goodness. Smells of roasted malts, and bitter chocolate. Hints of citrus hops hide in the background. Taste is bitter roast and chocolate, a little bit of alcohol, more as it warms. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and very creamy. Thick body with light carbonation. Another fantastic brew from Stone, Iím going to try to put a bottle away to see how this one ages.
mcberko (5940) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 27, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle, sent from Glouglouburp, pours black with a tiny tan head. Aroma of dark sweet cocoa, oatmeal, and slightly bitter coffee. Flavour reveals much espresso than anything, with bitter unsweetened dark cocoa underneath, and a pronounced roastiness, and a slightly burnt finish. The sweetness comes through more as it warms. Soft, uncarbonated palate. Most wonderful.
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle that I got in a trade, but I canít remember who sent it. Sorry about that. Pours a deep, deep opaque brown color, black in the middle and browner around the sides, with a small brown head that settles into a ring. Aroma of rich dark chocolate, oats, mocha, dark fruits (raisins, dates), roasted malts, brown sugar, and toasted nuts. The flavor is just a little different, with dark fruits and dark chocolate, oats, roasted malts, mocha, sweet bread, and berry fruits. Full-bodied, with a gritty, chocolaty mouthfeel and low carbonation. Just a hint of oxidation is setting in, so Iíd drink this soon if you still have it. Really nice, rich, chocolaty beer.
sach918 (9) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2011 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Terrific. The aroma is mild, chocolaty but with some bitter notes somewhat like those found in almonds. I bought several bottles in early 2009 and have tried them every six months-this is the best so far as the alcohol flavor is non-existent yet the classic oatmeal flavor is still there along with a more pronounced sweetness to the bitter chocolate. i would say that this is literally 1.5 times as good as the original in my opinion.
Chuckaduck (624) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Really surpised me; kicked my butt. Darkest pour I think Iíve ever seen. Thick brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate, caramel, bitter notes, cereal. Taste is very much dark chocolate, also nutty, solvent. Big stout. Tough for me to finish the whole bottle but pleased to say that I did.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From notes: Pours inky and slick with a prounounced chocolate aroma. Very dark brown. Burnt toasted oak up front, bitter baking chocolate finish, coming into its own after a year.