Ratman197 (13080) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a nearly opaque dark brown almost black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, coffee, light vanilla and hints of licorice and smoke. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with slightly warm finish. Flavors of bitter chocolate, light coffee, light vanilla and a hint of pepper with a smooth lightly warming lingering bittersweet finish.
lb4lb (2584) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by MiguelMandingo, I believe. Thanks man!
Pours a dark black with a light, short lived beige head. Smell is slightly sweet and roasty with some oats and subtle alcohol. Taste is dark and roasty with some ashiness, along with a slightly sweet rich dark chocolately malty flavor. Medium bodied and not very rich for an imperial stout, but not too thin either. Appropriate carbonation, and a nice bitter chocolate taste as the name would suggest. I look forward to trying this again for sure.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - AUG 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle: poured dark as a night in the country. Full sized brown, lasting head. Lots of lacing on my glass. Fresh roasted coffee aroma with some chocolate. Lots of coffee in the taste. Initially I thought this was sweet but as I drink it, it seems to become dryer, especially in the finish. Full bodied. Good stuff.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a near perfect black with an aroma of raw chocolate and plastic oatmeal. Flavor is a smoky campfire chocolate blend, with hints of cocoa and fudge. Thick, full mouthfeel. Awesome brew! Hope this is on the horizon for Texas.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
An impenetrable black body is crowned by a frothy, chocolate-milk colored head. Patchy, spotty lacing leaves its mark all the way down the glass. The aroma is mouth watering, causing the nostrils to flare at the first waft of bittersweet chocolate, dry cocoa, and mocha cream. Some espresso roastiness creeps in on the back end, but the aroma is all about chocolate here. Flavors follow suit, overflowing with dark, semi-sweet chocolate and lactic creaminess. Earthy hop notes lend further bitterness, while star anise adds in its signature spice. The finish lingers semi-sweet and roasty for quite some time. Medium-full bodied, with balanced carbonation, this goes down quite easy and shows very little alcoholic heat. One of the best chocolate stouts I’ve tried to date, this one falls just short of classics like Brooklyn BCS and Foothills Sexual Chocolate. Great beer.
Delirium (652) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours slightly viscous black with a very small dark tan head. Aroma is nicely balanced between roast malt (coffee and bitter chocolate) and sweet dark malt (dark fruits, molasses). Flavor is sweet dark malts up front, with the promised bittersweet chocolate throughout (but not overdone), and a lingering finish with some earthy hops. The oats make the mouthfeel nice and velvety and are noticeable in the long finish. Despite all those words it’s a fairly straightforward combination of a sweeter dark-fruit-heavy imperial stout, the bitter chocolate, and the oatmeal stout character. If you like those styles, this is a great beer.
eburrell (7) - Spring Valley, California, USA - AUG 2, 2008 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
It’s really hard to decypher this one because it is too bitter for words. Which isn’t bad by any means of the equation. I think if aged in a bottle for a tad but this one would rock your socks off, if it hasn’t already.
Amazing aroma, dark as a tire, and extremely tasty. Valiant effort again by Stone.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 22oz bomber and served in a snifter. This stout poured an opaque black with a thin head of dark tan foam. Decent lacing. The aroma of the beer was made up of bittersweet chocolate, toasted oats, and a bit of fresh coffee. The flavor included charred malts, bittersweet chocolate, oats, caramel, and a hint of dark fruit. The alcohol was well hidden. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and smooth. Light carbonation. Pretty tasty.
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - AUG 2, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours thick and black with a dark brown head that dissapates quickly. Roast coffee, chocolate, oatmeal scent. Incredibly dark. Body is not too thick, mild carbonation. Sweetness hits first. Bittersweet roasted chocolate then comes, a little nuttiness. Finish is bitter chocolate/roastedness. Subtle, yet complex flavors. A wonderfully flavorful, lighter-bodied stout.
Maddog (517) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Impressive. Had on draft at Peach’s in Yellow Springs. Big, black bold this stout had a big roasty taste with hints of dark chocolate and dark roast coffee. Certainly not an Imperial stout, but a smooth, creamy big oatmeal stout, one to be proud of. I can’t believe this stout is over 9 percent. It does not taste this big. I love oatmeal stouts, and this one is as flavorful as any one you’ll ever have.