walleye (1082) - 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 (2274) - 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 (660) - Oceanside, 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 (3998) - 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.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong roastedness and bitter bakers chocolate are prominent, dark cocoa powder surfaces in aroma, rich and pleasing, seems to lose its legs as it warms,taste is certainly dark bitter chocolate,seem to get the impression of dark chocolate frosting sweetness at first ,but that bitterness is just to overwhelming,oatmeal use must be minimal,as it doesn’t have that oatmeal slickness,some alchol definitely noticeable,a very fine chocolate stout,very worthy of being an Anniversary brew. Thanks Kingpin
Lowe1983 (1397) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a thick black color with a brown head. Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, molasses, and some dark fruits. Starts off a little sweet of caramel, chocolate, and molasses. Finish is bitter with roasted malts and coffee. Slight warming but not overly strong.
FlacoAlto (4045) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
A healthy pour produces a cresting, initially four-finger thick, richly browned, frothy head. As the head slowly collapses it leaves quite a bit of lacing on the sides of my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is quite simply black and remains opaque no matter how close I hold it up to the light. Bitter burnt grain aroma and substantially toasted malt aromas are easily noticeable. At times a rich chocolate note is noticed, but at others it is drowned out by the roast character. The burnt malt notes at times can be overwhelmingly sharp, acrid and acidic and that once noticed chocolate note seems to be a faint memory. Hot alcohol notes are noticeable as the beer gets near room temperature.
Thick and creamy feeling up front and not any where near as sweet as the body would suggest. Lots of bitter burnt malt notes linger from beginning to end and in fact really lingers on in the palate after the beer has gone down my throat. Some thin, bitter, dark chocolate notes are found in the middle of this beer and the finish has a lingering note of dusty, dark cocoa powder. Even as the beer gets substantially warmer it does not lose its aggressive, acrid burnt flavors. They become perhaps a touch more tempered, but still overly influence the finish and make this excessively bitter. On the plus side, while it is quite burnt in character, the flavor does note get overly acidic from the burnt notes.
This beer is going to need some time before I can really get into it. The question remains though if it will mellow before it becomes overly oxidized. A great beer for those who like aggressively roasted flavors, I can’t quite get into this though as it makes me think I am chewing on charcoal.
Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ