Benzai (6409) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Chez Moeder Lambic Fontainas during the three day Stone Event, 16-18 september 2011. Pitch black opaque color, medium to dark brown head. Smell richely coffee, chocolate, caramel, bitter, burned and roasted malts. Taste very rich as well, lots of flavours, mainly coffee, chocolate and roastyness. Nice bitter finish. Nice carbo, full body.
Skinnyviking (6383) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. High creamy and lasting brown head. Pitch black body. Coffee choccolate aroma and flavor with a touch of vanilla and a good deal of hops bitterness. High carbonation and a long sweet aftertaste.
Cletus (6329) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 6, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a nice tan head. Smells of chocolate, pepper, roasted malt, some dark fruit. Tastes bitter and caramelly with some nice chocolatey hints on the finish. Another great beer from a great brewer.
sebletitje (6326) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUL 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Tony at OTH & Idatetheformula.
What is there to say? Another great beer to come out of Stone that never ceases to amaze me. Pours black with a dark brownish head.
Aroma is roasted, oat and malty.
Taste is indeed a little bitter but balanced with the chocolate.
Radek Kliber (6321) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 650 ml
Appearance: Dark brown blend with mica , tanned creamy head.
Nose: Choco blended with hops, chicory and full heavy brown malts.
Flavor/Palate : Big heavy ale. Drinkable despite alcohol content. Bitter chocolate with touch of sourness. Good heavyweight brew.f-7+
Plovmand (6176) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pitch black with a brown head. Very roasty aroma with chocolate, tobacco and coffee notes. Creamy body. Flavour is lots of roasted malts, licorice, chocolate and a bite of alcohol.
DuffMan (6156) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 18, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Falling Rock in Denver. Thick, black oily pour with a dense thin dark brown head. Beefy smoke aroma, with underlying vegemite and dark chocolate. Wow. Heavy, full-bodied, chewy, with flavours of rich dark roast coffee beans, chocolate, smoke. Bitter, bitter finish. Loved it.
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 17, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Intensely roasty imperial stout.
Alcohol levels kept under control. Rich mouthfeel.
I would prefer less intensity in the chocolate bitterness, it grows harsh and lasts with a burning impression despite the relatively well-hidden alcohol. Inky and tar-like aroma feels fairly brash. Not much fruity complexity at all.
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2008
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is opaque black (flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately malty (husks, roasted/burnt grain, chocolate), with notes of varnish, alcohol, plastic, sour apple, hint of nail polish.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, heavily bitter, slightly husky.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
I hate to preface ratings with "I’m honestly not a hater of this brewery, but..." I mean, the more good beers I can get locally, the better for me, yes? Stone is available locally, so I am literally rooting for them to make some tasty beverages. The 11th Anniversary was actually pretty good. This one is...well...kinda embarrassing. Unpleasant off notes in the aroma right from the start, and they don’t go away. Not to mention burnt and husky and oh-so-crude. The saddest part for me is that I was really in the mood for a stout tonight, but I can’t even drink this, much less rave about it.
5000 (6027) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle:   Black as night, huge pillowy dark brown head, spotty lacing.   This is one dark beer.   Heavy roastiness on the nose, slight lactose sweetness, a tad bit of dark pitted fruit.   Seems like a tamed down
Imperial Stout.   Seems a little chalky, some ash and or campfire as well.   Also seems somewhat alcoholic, perhaps even a little medicinal.   I think there is gonna be some fire there.   Roasty, milk sugar sweetness,
and boozy.   Certainly chalky, a little dry, with some bitter chocolate notes finishing it out.   Fairly fiery, has some kick.   Not as heavy nor sickly sweet as their standard RIS, which is nice for a change.   Not so
sure about the heavy Oatmeal Stout, but its not bad.   Age would only soften the burn, but maltwise I don’t know how much its character would change for the better.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Good as is, and certainly
easy to drink.   Entertaining.