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 (1361) - 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 (3810) - 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
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - JUL 12, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This Imperial Stout pours an eclipse black color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized beige foamy head, with good lacing and nice retention. The aroma is roasted/burnt malt, chocolate and coffee. A medium bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are semi sweet chocolate, coffee with some burnt malt notes. The hops are earthy. Nice balance. Good carbonation. Interesting beer, it has the full, chewy feel of an oatmeal stout but still has the roasted malt, chocolate and alcohol qualities of an imperial stout. Add to that some very nice semi sweet chocolate flavors, yet with a fairly strong overall bitterness. It’s a interesting compare and contrast, but it works very well. Nice beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
Nephilium (1408) - Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well... this starts with a touch of alcohol in the aroma and just hints of chocolate. Pours a wonderful thick, opaque, black with a thin, creamy, dark tan head. Nice full mouthfeel. Hints of bitter chocolate, coffee, a touch of sweet dark fruits, and some alcohol. Nice long dark chocolate finish. This is fairly strong now... but I think some time letting it settle down in the cellar will help it quite a bit.
12many (277) - Alaska, USA - JUL 12, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with an impressive head and nice lacing. Chocolate malt and coffee aroma. Kind of a standard Stout flavor. Nice sticky palate but not overwhelming. Good beer. The only thing this has against it is competition from other imperial stouts.
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - JUL 12, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2008 Poured deep thick black with little head. Very creamy. Aroma when freshly poured had hints of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and some smokiness (similar to the Stone IRS). Many reviews have referenced it seeming "hot" and I don’t get that - the alcohol seems nicely blended and doesn’t stand out to me at all. The bitterness is there and it is nice (strange as that sounds). I’m sure I will be revisiting this review. High marks. Another winner from Stone.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 22oz bottle. I had this on cask at the Real Ale Fest and was not impressed, although I was not impressed with many beers that day so I figured I would give it a shot under more controlled circumstances. Pours pretty thick black with a thin, crisp but creamy, brown head, good lace. Smells of dark and roasty toasty malts and dark, unsweetened chocolate. Tastes dark and malty roasty, malts are somewhat sweet after the roastiness. Bitter dark chocolate finish, some alcohol flavor as well. Full, thickish body with nice, smooth carbonation.