Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark black with a creamy head that falls down without leaving too much lacing. Strong smell of bittersweet chocolate along with some dark fruits. Taste is composed mostly of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and a tad bit of fruit. A bit alcoholic, but other than that it’s fairly smooth and drinks well, although not in large quantities.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-20-2010
rederic (3207) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle, pitch dark color, with a tan colored head, dark, roasted, black, chocolate malt nose with some hints of smoky roasted coffee beans, and some smooth oatmeal, chocolatey accents and faint mochaish, praline notes in the aroma folows through on a medium-bodied palate with a nice roasted, black, chocolate malt, velvety oatmeal cereal, bitter dark chocolate character with some dark burnt fruitcake flavours and a fruity blackcurrant, blackberry undertones,and faint coffeeish accents leading towards a dark chocolate, blackcurrant, roasted bitterness finish.
BeerCast_Rich (1905) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
[750ml bottle courtesy of cgarvieuk] Black pour, thick tan-coloured head. Strong alcohol aromas coming off this one, along with a touch of chocolate malt. Very rich, some chocolate comes through on the aftertaste, but the prime flavour is Marzipan, with some chocolate oatmeal at the edges 
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - NOV 20, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black colored brew. The aroma has oat, roasted malts and some chocolate. Flavor has bitter, dark chocolate and reaosted malts, some smooth oat. Well balanced and enjoyable brew.
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from IPB.
Appearance : Pitch black with a medium creamy expresso like head. Not much lacing.
Aroma : Chocolate and oatmeal. Bitter dark chocolate and roasted malt. A bit resinous. Some wood.
Taste : Nice chocolate and roasted malt. Finish has great notes of chocolate. Light acidic notes. Some resinous hops also. Green hops. Sticky finish. Light liquorice.
Overall : Nice chocolate notes on nose and taste. Deceptive light acidity. Feels a little bit too young maybe. Still enjoyable but it could be better.
caesar (5792) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - NOV 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Dark color, short brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, hint of caramel, oat, hint of chocolat, bit bready even. More choc in taste, quite bitter, bit sweet. Nice impy.
r464 (2038) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark dark dark in color with a chocolate brown head. So thick and smooth, this is a stout that puts the chocolate a bit ahead of the coffee and roasted malt flavors that are usually prominent. Very full in body and worth nursing over the course of an evening.
crusianbeer (116) - Texas, USA - SEP 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle from awesome girlfriend...
pours perfectly. appearance is a 5... easily. black viscous, small head... perfect. exactly what I wanted and expected.
smell... not so much... pretty poor to be honest. small notes of chocolate and roasty..., but thats about it.
tastes pretty good. I was expecting more, and to be honest, I tried a 2009 brooklyn black chocolate next to it, as this is VERY similar... and I think the brooklyn is better. This has a LOT of bitterness from the chocolate, and i think the brooklyn is balanced better... it offsets the chocolate bitterness. Dont get me wrong, if stone made this, at their price points, I would buy the hell out of it. but as something that is 2 years old, i expect a bit more out of it.
edit: this is getting much better as it warms... passing the brooklyn black chocolate now. Dont drink this cold... this is MUCH better warm... which is expected, but wow, this has really changed. Chocolate on the front, not overwhelmingly so, but just in a nice balance. Great mouthfeel. nice. I wish they made this again.
thirdeye11 (5779) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(22oz bomber via trade with BA jyoungsbcp) jet black pour, nice thick Body, very dark tan bubbles, great coating of the glass. Nose of rum raisins, fudge, sweet dark chocolate, and cherry mash. Taste of fudge, bitter cherry chocolate, dark fruits, creamy oats, thick body, excellent tingly but soft carbonation and great bitter chocolate linger.
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
So it looks like the trick to enjoying stone beers is to sit on them for a few years. This one is a couple years old an is the most enjoyable stone I have had. Pitch black beer with mocha colored foam. Tastes subdued with creamy flavors. Chocolate for sure. The bitterness has dissipated. Very fun!