chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with thick brown head. Nice aroma of coffee, cocoa, and some licorice. Flavor is a little sweet with some nice bitterness as it goes down. The beer is thick and rich. It will be very interesting to see how well this ages. I just had an 8th Anniversary recently and hope this ages as well.
JoeinDahlem (1437) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - JUL 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks M@. Oily-thick black with thick brown head. Nose of coffee, black chocolate, toasted marshmallow. Mildly sweet flavor with slightly dark and smoky edge. Bit of pumpernickel type sourness. Nice thick MF. Roasty aftertaste.
PorterPounder (6898) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lakewood, Oh. - Roz’s Wine House - 22 oz bomber. Black a tar pour with a thick, mocha colored head that sticks around. Very fragrant aroma of chocolate, coffee, and licorice - rich to say the least. Full-bodied flavor with some fresh brewed strong coffee, licorice, baker’s chocolate, a touch of prunes - delectable. Mouthfeel is thick and rich - plenty of lactic acid present to give it some silkiness. A solid entry by Stone -maybe I wouldn’t be so dazzled by them if they were more readily available in my neck of the woods.
Padron4KM (782) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle poured into a brandy snifter.
Oily black with a small head of tight bubbles. When agitated, alcohol coats the glass in a thin sheet.
Molasses and prunes dominate the aroma, with some subtle notes of chocolate and creamy oats in the background.
Flavor is light bitter/sweet chocolate, esspreso beans, with a hint of grapefruit on the finish.
Mouthfeel is full and creamy smooth, and alcohol -though noticable in the aroma- is barely perceptible in the mouth.
Solid offering from Stone.
illidurit (2278) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 27, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Parish Publick House in Santa Cruz. Totally black with bright brown foam that leaves sheets of lace. Aroma is roasty with baker’s chocolate and some dark fruitiness. Flavor is off the charts roasty with just enough body and sweetness to keep it from charring the tongue. Similar to dark chocolate-infused coffee. Very smooth and creamy, no trace of the 9.2% abv. This beer toes the line between stout and imperial stout nicely. Another top notch Stone beer.
brokephibroke (307) - Mead, Colorado, USA - JUL 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours midnight black, small dissapaiting tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, chocolate and raisin. Taste is dominated by dark chocolate, also sweetish with a near perfect creamy feel. A bit out of balance, but well done!
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh 22 oz Bottle. Dark black with a nice creamy dark head. Typical stout flavors with a nice touch of bitterness and dry finish. Alcohol is present and gives a nice warming effect. I liked this one a lot.
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to SouthbayD&L for this beer. Pitch black pour with thin dark coffee head. Chocolate, malted milk balls and raisin. Roasted flavors up front with espresso and cocoa in the middle, with and bitter coffee near the end. Oily mouthfeel, with a bit of heat on the finish as well.
DYCSoccer17 (3580) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 ounce bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. Aroma has a nice roasty, slightly sweet chocolate milk-like quality present. Pretty sweet with a bit of vinousness. Smells pretty tasty. Opaque black body with a brown frothy head and nice lacing. Sexy. Starts a little roasted and bitter. Some coffee and dark choco notes then make an appearance. Finishes dry, bitter, hopped, and with some ethanolic bitterness. Some grapefruit hop flavors are present. I would like a little more sweetness from this and have less bitterness/burnt/dry/ethanol flavors. Just seems kinda harsh. It does live up to its name, though, so I shouldn’t complain.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz Bomber. Pours Like you would expect a stout from Stone to pour. Aromas of chocolate and some alcohol. Finishes dry, which I personally enjoyed. I think this is a great oatmeal stout, and would only get better in a year or so.