Rune (7361) - 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).
jercraigs (7348) - 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
Dogbrick (7253) - 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.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 19, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an oily opaque black with a spotty-lacing airy light brown head. Aroma of sweet caramel and dark chocolate with a touch of molasses and dark fruits. Body starts fairly full and lightly malty sweet revealing a rich, bittersweet dark chocolate flavor which lingers into a medium roasted finish. Smooth, farily complex and true to its name.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Sim rate (gravity cask at GBBF): This beer was the opposite of the old phrase "It does what it says on the tin". It was the anti-thesis of what it said on the tin. Reading "bitter chocolate oatmeal stout", I was convinced this would be my beer of the festival and I b-lined straight to it upon entering, but must admit, I was a bit let-down. Bitter, chocolate, oatmeal it wasn’t. And certainly not hefty enough to be called stout. Aroma of excessive alcohol, whiskey, oil. It’s good, but almost wrong in combination. Oily appearance for some reason. I quite like that. Flavour is good, but just way too alcoholic and oily (again) to be great. No oatmeal in it. And lacking that grainy texture in the palate that usually makes oatmeal stouts so outstanding. It slips down the throat like vegetable oil.. certainly not like stout. I quite enjoyed it to drink, but the whole was not made up of the sum of its slightly-lacking parts.
Fin (7040) - 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
Ughsmash (7008) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Poured nicely-viscous deep brown with a rich tan head. The aroma picked up a hefty dose of baker’s chocolate with flaked oat and lactic sweetness around.. vanilla and coffee grounds as you stick your nose farther in.. earthy and spicy on the very back. The flavor found a blend of baker’s chocolate and sweeter, milkier chocolate at the core with intermittent cofee character.. moderate-to-high roast to it.. vanilla, char, and ashy smoke rode out the edges.. finished with chocolate bitterness and alcohol warmth. Heavier-bodied and a little bit slick on the palate with rising bitterness and warmth as it made its way through the mouth.. lasting, tasty impression on the finish. Solid, but not spectacular.
DruncanVeasey (6950) - NUNEATON, Top 24, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2009 Bottle at The Penguin. Huge collapsing chocolate mousse head over tar, lacing thickly at the strength. Burnt toast and oak chip charcoal aroma completely drowning out the chocolate. Spiritous whiskey burn from the off, lightning struck oak, toast fished out of the bin...just a mouthful of smouldering carbon really. Oily but not slick or luxurious. What a disappointment. All roast and no hops, certainly no chocolate or oatmeal. Crumb of incinerated nut, dab of yeast extract. One of the rawest, most ethanol-drenched efforts I’ve had in a while. Bit more choc lurking in the bottom of the bottle, but such a thin and one-dimensional flavour profile. Saw it all off in the end. Not a bad beer but a bad chocolate oatmeal stout.
bb (6719) - 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.
Ibrew2or3 (6530) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep dark brown with thin mocha head. The aroma is full of big inviting dark chocolate notes pulling me toward the glass. I also get layers of toffee, roasted malts and a bit of caramel. Solid. The taste is nearly the same with thick rich dark chocolate that has that bit of velvetiness to it. It then moves into molasses, toffee, smooth roasted malts and a sense of coffee toward the finish. Yummmmmy.