skoisirius (1347) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUL 11, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2008 Groovy. Dark, roasty, burnt business with a touch of dark 70%+ chocolate. Sour oats (in a good way!) and bittttttter hops kick towards the end of the palate. Definitely tastes like it
benwa420 (47) - East Hampton, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle pours super dark black. brown head. Definitly get a little bitterness out of this beer. Nice Chocolate taste with roasted malt. very nice job once again by Stone brewing company.
keithwebb (1) - USA - JUL 11, 2008 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle in July 2008. Pours black, thick, with a chocolate brown head that nearly disipates after a couple of minutes. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, and cherry. Rich, sweet (from malt), bitter chocolate taste. The 9.2% alcohol doesn’t show up in the taste. Nice rich, smooth, with a chocolate and slight coffee finish.
badlizard (5526) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2008 Bottle from Bevmo. Black with a brown fizzy head. Sweet roasty chocolate and grain aroma. Sweet mildly bitter dark chocolate taste, good roasty taste with a bitter malty finish. Pretty good.
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber pours pitch black with a tan head. Has an interesting aroma. I get a hint of alcohol, ash, and some slight sweet roasted malt. Mouthfeel is very heavy with a heavy creamy feel to it as well. Several little bubbles flow into my mouth and attack my tongue and tastebuds. Taste is strong coffee, alcohol, some chocolate, ash flavors, and has a bitterness that must come from the chocolate I suppose. Overall this is a bad ass brew. It reminds me of a brewdog paradox brew. It has the same kinds of qualities. I want to revisit this one after it ages a little while . Its still a little hot right now.
mjg74 (2428) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Bev4Less. Pours a slick oily looking black color with a nice dark brown head. Rich roasted malty aroma. Fairly bitter with quite a bit of coffee. Strong roasted malty flavors. Some bitter coffee in the finish. Kind of hot at the moment.
antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - JUL 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a jet black with a medium brown head. Good lacing on the glass. The aroma is fairly subtle, but hints of chocolate, molasses, and roasted malts are there. The flavor is excellent. The chocolate really comes through strongly, but there are hints of toasted malts, and a touch of coffee. The alcohol has a nice warming effect. The mouthfeel was smooth, with a very palate coating effect with the beer. Damn fine beer, and makes we want to look forward to more from the anniversary series from Stone.
502F (999) - Time Out, Washington DC, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber into wine glass for lack of sniffer. Pitch black pour with a nice medium/dark puffy head. The aroma was somewhat faint and subtle but included notes of molasses, bitter chocolate, and some hops. The flavor is unique and interesting to say the least. It is very bitter, but not hop bitter, but rather chocolate and coffee bitter. The alcohol barely peaked through the rich and complex flavors of chocolate and coffee but definitely lingers in the stomach with a pleasant warming effect. It was pretty thick and coating on the palate, but not as much as the RIS. Overall: a well crafted unique brew that is definitely worth trying if you are an imperial stout lover.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle from Bevmo. Deep, rich, oily black color. Aroma is burnt chocolate and coffee. Flavor is exactly as the description reads: Bitter chocolate is the dominant flavor. This would be world class if the alcohol was so dominant. This should age incredibly though.
dwyerpg (4257) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A little bit of a light chocolate aroma. Very black, dark head. First taste has some chocolate to it, but then the alcohol starts to dominate too much. Definitely bitter, just a bit too strong with the alcohol flavoring.