Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - JUL 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A pitch black colored beer, with a dark beige thick foamy head. The aroma of dark chocolate malts, dark fruits like raisins and prunes. There is some coffee with laurel. The taste of chocolate biter, burned malts with fruits. The aftertaste of bitter chocolate with some sweets.
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Secret Santa, HOHOHO...pours a nice black with a small tan head. The head has average lastibility. Lacing is excellent. Has a good sweet aroma of alcohol, coffee, and chocolate. Also has some cookie to it. Aroma is just plain real good. Has a light carbonation. the flavor is excellent with a touch of alcohol burn at the end. Has a sweet beginning, with good stout robustness. The texture is oily. Has a full body. The finish is hearty with a good aftertaste. This is a real tasty beer.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle, purchased at BevMo LaJolla in 2008 I think. Pours ebony color and opaque save for highlights of burnt brick where the surface of the beer meets the edge of the glass. Pour gives rise to thin dark beige head that diminishes to small patches of ultra-fine bubbles. Aroma is rich with dark roasted malts, chocolate, dried figs, with an herbal character, hints of sour milk and fermenting plums, alcohol evident too. Roasty, acrid malty and unsweetend chocolate flavors dominate, fudge sauce, a bit of soy sauce, more figs, alcohol and herby bitterness. Full, smooth and somewhat sticky mouthfeel, with little carbonation evident. A nice apertif brew.
jazz88 (2583) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 5, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (enjoyed on 6/5/2010). Intense dark chocolate, strong alcohol (light scotch), bitter, and oatmeal aroma. It has held up well. A bitter coating chocolate flavor with a touch of sour at the finish. Robust and roasty with a long bitter chocolate finish.
deyholla (7588) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to womencantsail. Pours black with minimal head. Aroma has notes of dark chocolate, dark grains and a hint of coffee and alcohol. Flavor has a strong dark chocolate note with underlying coffee and a bit of an alcohol bite at the finish.
GT2 (9165) - San Diego County, California, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz courtesy of dpjuart. Pours jet black with a three finger brown head that has excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is a bit salty, some green olives, Kalamata olives, light tobacco, cocoa powder, chocolate cupcake, rich caramel as it warms. Taste is a bit salty, some olives, unsweetened dark chocolate, a little bit tart. Pretty nice.
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle from RSRIZZO’s tasting, round 2-1/13/10). Black color. Small tan head. Moderate aroma of chocolate, soy sauce, with light alcohol. Moderate chocolate flavor. Long duration. Light bitter and light alcohol finish. Slick texture. Soft carbonation. Spare lacing.
brikelly (39) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another great stout from Stone. Pours with a lovely frothy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is pleasant, with notes of chocolate (duh...) and smoke. Wonderful taste, the oatmeal and chocolate are very present but in perfect amounts, and balanced well with the alcohol. Great, great stout. Not as insanely great as Stone’s Russian Imperial stout, but still well worth it.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber poured into my snifter.
A- Deep brown-almost black nearly opaque body that pours with a 1 finger cafe brown colored head. Head fizzes away quickly and no lacing is left behind in the glass.
S-Roasted bitter chocolate malt and a hint oh phenols.
T- Roasted chocolate malt upfront with some oatmeal flavoring. A bit more bitterness comes through for the finish along with a hint of alcohol.
P- Low to medium carbonation and somewhat heavy body. Alcohol more present than oatmeal in mouthfeel.
O- This is a good imperial oatmeal stout. Not very complex but tasty. All the flavors are contained in the name. Not as thick of an oatmeal presence as I would like and certainly not as good as stone RIS but still a very good beer.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-08-2008 15:13:13
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - APR 20, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had this when it was first released and now again two years later. I have to say with the age on it, this stuff is amazing. Extremely smoky aroma and flavor, with hints of coffee and chocolate. As malty as this is the bitter finish is a plus. If you can still find this pick it up, well worth it!