beerguy101 (5340) - 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 (1571) - 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 (1432) - 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.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours like spent motor oil w/ a lofty head on it’s shoulders. Good hangtime w/ supetb lace work. Aromas are mild reaching for dark fruit on a defined roast. Full nectar w/ good carbonation that thickens up like pudding on a hot stove. Huge chocolate and roasted coffee bean come screaming at me as if on fire. Moderately sweet and leathery w/ iodine and a lactic souring that exposes itself like a field mouse in the comfort of nightfall. The finish lingers long w/ a charred sweetness and a final hop bittering.
BlackMail (55) - Evergreen, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark black with a brown head. The aroma is malty. Taste like dark chocolate with a roasted malt after taste.
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JUL 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
WOW! Pours near black with a thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate, some coffee/espresso, and dark roasted grains. Flavor bursting with chocolate. Like most big stouts there is a coffee presence, but it is a little more subtle here with the forwardness of the cocoa. It is roasty dry with only some residual sweetness, but it has a creamy quality that really adds to the enjoyment. EXCELLENT!!!
highibus (758) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JUL 11, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Boy is this something different. Pours a deep dark black with tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate and slight alcohol. Flavor is bitter as in dark chocolate. Some notes of black licorice. Really interesting and a nice alcohol finish. Good job guys.
adrian910ss (2445) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a jet black with a medium sized light brown head. Aroma of cocoa powder, baking chocolate and oats. Taste of light baking chocolate cocoa pwder and oats. Slightly bitter. Good stuff.