railcat1 (672) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a good chocolate and slighty bitter IPS with a dark brown head, it poured a dark black with hints of roasted malts and some fruity overtones,i was surprised to see it was a IPS but it was enjoyable.CHEERS!
RedXIII (127) - Powell, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2008 Been a while since I’ve had a unique Imperial, but I enjoyed this. Aroma and taste matched the title with bitter, dark chocolate, along with some earthy scorched chocolates and coffee. It’s syrupy pour gave it an intimidating appearance, but this brew did not copy the common formula for Imperials which pushed it ahead of many.
nbutler11 (1262) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2008 To be fair -- I only had a small sample of this brew at a release tasting in Arizona, but the advertised chocolate and oatmeal in this stout were unfortunately overpowered by a smokey (nearly burnt) roast.
walleye (1061) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUL 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the bottle. poured black with a med. sized brown head. Aroma, coffe with lots of sugar and cream , chocolate and raosted malts with a nice hint of alcohol, molasses, raisins. Flavor, got the bitter chocolate, malts a touch of sweetness and dark fruits, as it warms a little honey comes out
SDalkoholic (1998) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs and Liquor. Aroma gives off a pleasant and delighting chocolate olfaction as well as lightly roast malt. The stout creates a firm layer of beige colored foam while a pitch black fluid is waiting to be consumed. The initial flavor is pure roasted dark malt with only a slight hint to chocolate but it’s clearly obvious cocoa is the strong backbone to this stout. Texture is rich and creamy with a minor tingle sensation from very refined carbonation bubbles. The presence of alcohol is noticeable even when served at a cold temperature. Aftertaste is sweet and leaves behind a taste as if I just ate a chocolate bar. Overall, I’m glad Stone decided to release an anniversary since they announced early this year they wouldn’t.
ChazMania (640) - Pasadena, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Thick and chewy, completely coating my tongue. It has been awhile since I had Stone RIS, and if memory serves me, the RIS is a tad better than this. The chocolate is faint and bitter. I think I anticipated more chocolate flavors. I have 2 more that I will store for awhile and see what changes in the beer.
IrishBoy (3687) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from GM Liquors; Nose first had a light bit of piney hops, then the chocolate took over; along with toastiness; black with a medium, glass-lacing, cinnamon tan head; flavor is bitter chocolate with some oaty substance in the creamy body; finish is light bitterness.
ReademNwheat (174) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour from a 22oz bomber. dark black with dark tan head. huge aromas of chocolate and roasted malts. More chocolate in the taste along with a bitter bite. Very creamy mouthfeel. alcohol isnt really noticable until this beer warms up. great brew from Stone.
CTSVPhantom (4) - Vista, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle. Very roasty, POWERFUL taste of bitter chocolate and dark malts. Didn’t really notice oatmeal. Pours even darker than the IRS, head is very dark brown. Very little sweetness, lots of bitterness and roastiness. Not much hoppiness. Easily my favorite Stone anniversary brew to date.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. I don’t have to tell you that a Stone stout is going to pour very dark, black. The aroma is roasted malts, oatmeal, and chocolate. The flavor contains the same roasted maltiness with more of a bitter chocolate taste that is followed by a complimenting hint sweetness and some oatmeal. Not in the same ballpark as the original Stone RIS, but a welcomed change nonetheless.