t4h2c0 (95) - seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours dark black with a dark brown head, bitterness of the chocolate comes through very strong, the chocolate flavor lingers in the aftertaste, this beer smooth and velvety due to the addition of oatmeal. Goes down way too easy for a 9.2% alcohol beer, good beer but not great but still highly recomended!
PaulHegedus (85) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 26, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2008 Bottle from Bev Mo in San Francisco, Aug 2008. This was a favourite of my San Francisco trip. Too bad it will eventually be retired. Aroma is full of chocolate, coffee beans, also vanilla and black licorice. This has all the wonderful smoothness of oatmeal stout, but the complexities of imperial stouts. I taste full out dark chocolate with many subtleties, coffee, espresso, bitterness...wow.
MtStateBeer (84) - Hurricane, West Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Pours a black color with a nice creamy, light-brown head, good lacing. Very good looking pour. Aroma is mainly roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a touch of fruit. Flavor is similar, maybe plum, chocolate, a bit boozy as it warms. Bitter chocolaty finish. Decent body, a bit watery. Pretty rich, and a little too alcoholic as it warms. Very good beer nonetheless.
HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark pour, minimal tan head. Nose is somewhat floral rounded out by light citrus, hops, and dark chocolate. Flavor is bitter (surprise!), with molasses and an overall roasted flavor. Not unlike the Russian Imperial Stout by Stone. Moderate fizzy mouthfeel.
enginaaron (73) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 8, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yep. I like it.
But wow that’s a lot of chocolate! Aroma isn’t real huge but contains small amounts chocolate and oatmeal. Appearance is very dark black with a rich, dark tan head. The flavor is great! HUGE chocolate at first, masking a very slight alcohol taste (however, not unpleasant, in this case.) The cool part is that the chocolate stays in your mouth
for several minutes and leaves a great, sweet taste. This is very exciting! Overall impression is quite favorable!
altehkiller (71) - , California, USA - APR 7, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great chocolate stout! Big on dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavor. I would say its on par with the Imperial Russian Stout but lots more chocolate. The high alcohol is an added bonus but you wont notice it!
Fruitfly (59) - , Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle; july release. Pours a deep black. The first layer of head is a lasting and fine caramel colored ring with a crown of creamy white superfine head. Smoke and alcohol dominate the aroma but it also includes roasted malts and sweet coffee liquor. The bitterness is more than expected and very welcome for a stout. This is no doubt from the rich cacoa that dominates initial taste. This is followed by a medium bitterness and a long, very pleasant, smoked coffee finish. My expectations from a stone are relatively high and this did not dosappoint. An excellent desert in itself.
heynik1885 (56) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black pour, Dark brown 2 finger head. Some lacing on glass. Slight burnt masty smell, taste is the same with a hint of chocolate and oat. Hard to tell 9.2% well put together stout. Will drink again.
cgort (56) - San Clemente, California, USA - AUG 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a dark pour with definite chocolate scents and flavor. This had a complex build up of flavors and alcohol warming/flavor. I have one being aged right now so we will see how it turns out. I think my expectations of this beer were to high... I mean come on chocolate and oatmeal.
BlackMail (55) - Evergreen, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark black with a brown head. The aroma is malty. Taste like dark chocolate with a roasted malt after taste.