illidurit (2279) - 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 (3590) - 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.
dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. Had this one for dinner tonight. Poured black with a tan head that I had to conjure up with the pour. The subdued nose is obviously the flaw of this brew, if there is one. I smelled and smelled at this one over a period of time and the most I got was a bit of roasted malt and sweetness, I wonder if something about the chocolate or oatmeal killed the aromatics. Body is much more exciting with loads of cocoa dryness, espresso, coffee, raisins, and a finish that lasts for at least a minute or two. Mouthfeel is perfect, slightly bitter but moderately carbonated and creamy for days. A solid brew but this is a genre that has many, many absolutely fantastic offerings.
uhclem (417) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours like any other quality stout. Nose is subdued, with alcohol, chocolate and coffee prevailing.Taste is of fruit and bitter chocolate (surprise!). Again, the alcohol made it’s presence known, and not very pleasantly. Mouthfeel was oily and the finish was very metallic and unpleasantly bitter. And this is coming from an IPA drinker. Did not finish the bottle. I have been very pleased with Stone products. This one, not so much.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Blackish pour with a medium head. Aroma has some sweetness to go along with the chocolate, roast, and licorice. Very inviting. Flavor is as advertized - Bitter. A bit too much dry bitterness in my opinion for a big stout, but it acquits itself nicely with some roast, dark chocolate, and light coffee. Solid - certainly not my favorite from Stone, but its still better than most. Different in a good way!
bb (8270) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black beer with a brown head. Chocolate and caramel aroma. Chocolate, light roast flavor with some espresso, alcohol, and a bit of raisin. Somewhat fuller bodied. Lingering chocolate, espresso, licorice, alcohol, and earth. Needs aging. I’m betting it’ll become a very nice beer, but it isn’t there yet.