DJMonarch (9170) - 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.
jercraigs (9154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009-02-28. Pitch black with a modest khaki head. (4+) Sweet aroma, sweet malt, rich cocoa and mild dry roast malt, light alcohol notes. (7+) Flavour is similar, fairly dry overall impression, dry roasty malt, and dry cocoa has a dusty character somehow, sweet underlying malt base. Very light bitterness in the finish. Smooth medium bodied palate is a touch under carbonated. (3+) Pretty decent. Bottle from Village Beer Merchant, Buffalo
arminjewell (9143) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a goblet, thick black with a dark brown head. Tastes of thick chocolate and coffee and bitters well with the alcohol. Excellent!
JoeMcPhee (9051) - 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.
DocLock (8961) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours onyx with 2-fingers of dark brown head. Great look on this. Nose is roasty dark malt, oats, dark choc, molasses, hops, and mild rauchy peaty notes. Tastes of dark chocolate, roasty rauchy dark malt, and hops. Palate is rich, creamy, velvety, staying a tad dry throughout, with a great complexity. Yet another winner form Stone.
JorisPPattyn (8913) - Ursel, BELGIUM - APR 16, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Probably more than a bit aged, I presume? Medium, thight, greige head over virtually black beer. Unprecedented nose of packed, intense Ersatz-coffee, oatmeal, chocolate, dry (NOT fatty) peanuts, Brazil nuts, roast, hot waffles, and vanilla beans. Incredibly complex and equally balanced. Dry, smokey, roasted taste with chocolate, moccha, mild vegetable bitterness. Totally different from the nose, but as balanced. Very rich, thick, nearly sleazy texture, viscous and full-bodied, warming. Extremely long-lasting aftertaste. Easily one of Stone’s best products ever tasted. I’m honestly impressed. Abject thanks to whomever bestowed this upon me...
3fourths (8878) - 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.
Fin (8856) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle that I got in a mixed case from Beers of Europe, consumed 20-02-09 Pours black with a brown head and is quite busy on the fizziness front. The aroma was initially quite creamy and had some vanilla and then all I got was rusty nail. Taste is undeniably dark, bitter chocolate, its an oily mouth clinger and so bitter. Some cold coffee dregs show but the chocolate and roasty flavours dominate. Strange that the rusty nail aroma is really taking over now. A6 A4 F7 P4 OV13 3.4
MartinT (8855) - 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.
maeib (8749) - 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.