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 (5338) - 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!
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 28, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Had many times before but decided to write a review on this beers 2nd anny. Pours a dark body with light tan head, I somehow remember it being darker. Aromas are really nice roasted malts, vanilla chocolate and yeah some bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick and the palate is very well balanced. Lots of bitter chocolate with a lighter coffee finish. As far as their anny brews go, I find it tough to beat 11 IMHO, but this is up there with the quality of the 10th for its style.
T3llLAllDE (100) - USA - JUL 28, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
this beer is probably my favorite beer of all time. dark and rich with pure chocolate aroma. taste is chocolate alcohol bitter roasted malts and oatmeal. the most pure bitter chocolate taste of any beer. no chocolate syrup taste like many chocolate stouts tend to have. this taste like a nice bite of bitter chocolate. so good
Ober (2805) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A pitch black colored beer, with a dark beige thick foamy head. The aroma of dark chocolate malts, dark fruits like raisins and prunes. There is some coffee with laurel. The taste of chocolate biter, burned malts with fruits. The aftertaste of bitter chocolate with some sweets.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Secret Santa, HOHOHO...pours a nice black with a small tan head. The head has average lastibility. Lacing is excellent. Has a good sweet aroma of alcohol, coffee, and chocolate. Also has some cookie to it. Aroma is just plain real good. Has a light carbonation. the flavor is excellent with a touch of alcohol burn at the end. Has a sweet beginning, with good stout robustness. The texture is oily. Has a full body. The finish is hearty with a good aftertaste. This is a real tasty beer.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle, purchased at BevMo LaJolla in 2008 I think. Pours ebony color and opaque save for highlights of burnt brick where the surface of the beer meets the edge of the glass. Pour gives rise to thin dark beige head that diminishes to small patches of ultra-fine bubbles. Aroma is rich with dark roasted malts, chocolate, dried figs, with an herbal character, hints of sour milk and fermenting plums, alcohol evident too. Roasty, acrid malty and unsweetend chocolate flavors dominate, fudge sauce, a bit of soy sauce, more figs, alcohol and herby bitterness. Full, smooth and somewhat sticky mouthfeel, with little carbonation evident. A nice apertif brew.
jazz88 (2509) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (enjoyed on 6/5/2010). Intense dark chocolate, strong alcohol (light scotch), bitter, and oatmeal aroma. It has held up well. A bitter coating chocolate flavor with a touch of sour at the finish. Robust and roasty with a long bitter chocolate finish.
deyholla (5381) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to womencantsail. Pours black with minimal head. Aroma has notes of dark chocolate, dark grains and a hint of coffee and alcohol. Flavor has a strong dark chocolate note with underlying coffee and a bit of an alcohol bite at the finish.