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.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - 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 (4755) - 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.
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 10, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
awesome uber-black body with a cocoa colored head that leaves nice webbing on the glass.aroma is a nice mix of smoke,roasted coffee,oatmeal,chocolate,and charred wood.flavor is a mix of the aroma with the chocolate and alcohol shinning through.can anyone say "imperial stout light?"
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours black with a dark brown head that fades into bubbles around the rim. Aroma is wheat bread, biscuity, watery chocolate. Graham crackers. The oats are noticeable but a chocolate component doesn’t jump out at me, at least not a real chocolate aroma, more just the normal chocolate character from roasted barley. Overall the aroma seems Porter-like. The taste is more chocolatey. Rich, semi-sweet and full bodied. Flavor is mouth-coating. Nice mouthfeel. The aroma is not that good, the flavor is pretty good, the mouthfeel is great. Not a consistent enough beer to be great but it has its moments. Alcohol hidden well. I’ve heard some complaints that people thought this was hot or boozy and I’m not getting that at all.
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark black with a medium brown head. Aroma is mild. Very nice thick and creamy mouthfeel. . Flavor is not as full as I expected, and the alcohol comes through too much. There is a chocolate bitterness that lasts though. I’ll stick a few away for the winter, as I expect these will get better with time.
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great brew to have as a dessert or with dessert. Bitter, but in a semi-sweet chocolate fashion.
omhper (20606) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled at tasting with Greg Koch at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Near opaque black, brown head. Burnt choclatey nose. Dryish with medium-full body, lesser than what you’d expect from a 9.2% stout. The mouthfeel is clean and rounded. Dark chocolate dominates all the way. It’s intensely roasty with the slightest hint of prunes to add fruitiess. FInishes with mid-intensity salty bitterness. A good straightforward beer, much less complicated than the long name makes you think it is.
t4h2c0 (95) - seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours dark black with a dark brown head, bitterness of the chocolate comes through very strong, the chocolate flavor lingers in the aftertaste, this beer smooth and velvety due to the addition of oatmeal. Goes down way too easy for a 9.2% alcohol beer, good beer but not great but still highly recomended!