DJMonarch (9163) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From the Jug at the GABF Colorado Convention Center, Denver 10/10/2008
Roast aroma. Beige head. Black strong in alcohol and rich on the palate with a crisp and bitter lasting chocolate roast finish.
Sammy (9141) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great stout, thanks Radek Kliber. Good looks and lacey. Good aroma, a little ourness and hops. Balance in the taste, a sipper, a good bitterness. I will try this with friends again soon.
GT2 (8960) - 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.
Dogbrick (8907) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer pours blacker than black with a thick brown and foamy head that diminishes slowly. Stringy lacing on the glass. Milk chocolate, grainy malt and oatmeal aroma. Rich smooth body with flavors of dark chocolate, dried fruits, vanilla and roasted malts. The finish is bitter dark chocolate and sweet malt. Overall this beer is not at the top of the charts as far as Imperial Stouts go, however it is well-crafted and enjoyable which is the norm for Stone.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 13, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask conditioned - gravity dospense - GBBF 2008. A dark, dark brown beer with some chocolate and alcohol in the thinner than expected aroma. The taste is full bodied boozy alcohol, chocolate and hops. Very tasty, and very American.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark black beer with a thick oily pour and a thin dark brown head. The aroma is quite nice, loaded with cocoa, espresso, bitter chocolate and a touch of rich molasses and soy character. Lightly charry aroma on the back. Flavour is decent with a strong charry roastiness and lots of bitter chocolate. There is a lot of soy, toasted malt and roast. It’s chewy and lightly peppery. Okay brew, but it’s got a lot more roasted barley flavour than chocolate, and to me it comes across as lightly astringent.
Rune (8724) - Tromsø, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shining, black body under a small, tan head. Inviting aroma of sweet, lightly roasted malts. Very rich flavoured ale with cocoa, vanilla and chocolate up front successfully mixed by late and dried fruits. Lingering smooth bitterness to the aftertaste. Very well bodied with tingling alcohol on the tongue. Wonderful and superb. This ale has got almost everything - maybe except for the oatmeal (my best drink at this year’s GBBF, 06.08.2008).
leaparsons (8478) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask, GBBF 08. Near black with no head.n Aromas are sweet molasses with lots of herbal notes. Coffee and chocolate with woody notes. Flavours are dark chocolate with coffee. Sweet molasses with smoky tobacco. Vinous, fruity and dry on the finish. Great.
3fourths (8344) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle at Zeno’s pours deep, rich black in color with a small film of a dark tan head. Thick and vinous when cold, the alcohol is a little too apparent, and it has a twangy dark fruit note, but that part tends to disappear when warmer. Oatmeal is quite apparent, tastes a bit flabby and mushy, but overall the total effect of semi-bitter chocolate and oatmeal is nice enough. A bit of dark plum and cherry and wood thrown in, but it never really goes anywhere. When warmer the oatmeal is far too apparent, and the chocolate presence is very muted. Okay stuff, but I’m not much of an oatmeal stout fan. Reminds me of Troegs Scratch 5.
MartinT (8247) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2010 My Bottom Line:
Dark chocolate and roastiness form succulently sweet curves before they team up with leafy hops and alcohol heat to build a potent bitter dryness in this original and very likeable Imperial Stout.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the opaque black.
-Oatmeal contributes some crunchy cereal character.
-Upon release, alcohol was well hidden (by all the roastiness?) for a beer this size; but at 2 years of age, it comes through readily in both aroma and flavor profile.
-The flavor profile is straightforward, but it is highly enjoyable when you enjoy such dark malt-driven discourses.