mattmc1973 (479) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, pours black with tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla, bitterness, and coffee. Taste was nice, with coffee, chocolate, and sweet oats. Creamy thick mouthfeel. Nice effort by Stone, not spectacular, but pretty good.
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with dark brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, molasses, bitter chocolate, and slight nutty-wheaty notes. Flavor is roasty and chocolatey with a nice bit of vanilla and malted chocolate ball notes, its boldness tempered with the oatmeal. Lingering bitterness in the finish with slight oak notes. Alcohol is still fairly present even after six months of aging. Nice full, creamy palate, though slightly sticky. A good impy, but not a great one.
Brewbie (476) - New York, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. pours a deep dark black, light head. light alcohol aroma, dark chocolate, slightly boozy bitter first impression. finish of chocolate and roast.
natejgood (473) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - DEC 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours dark. Very dark. The head is a nice coffee color and is relatively fluffy. This beer smells of roasty malts, chocolate, and coffee. There might be a hint of a fruity scent somewhere in the back. The first taste is relatively sweet and chocolaty, but that is followed very quickly by a bitter taste that has a fruity nature to it. You can really feel the bitterness on the back sides of the tongue. This beer is thick but not heavy. The flavor is very strong, but it is pretty easy to drink. A good beer to drink on a cold day in front of the fire.
LearninBeer (469) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 24, 2008
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours Black! Aroma is slight coffee, not much chocolate slight hop aroma, smokey. The head is light brown and creamy, mostly diminishing with a little lacing. The initial flavor is bitter chocolate lasting on the back of the tongue, a little alcohol burn in the stomach. The body is medium, the texture creamy. I loved the 11th anniversary and this is right up there, I have a few in the cellar but I’ll be getting more of these to drink now.
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 1, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Deep dark blackness topped with a brown head. chocolate aroma. Flavor is wow...bittersweet chocolate & oats with hints of coffee. Like a chocolate chip oatmeal for breakfast. Alcohol is apparent but not overwelming. Amazing brew. Stone never disappoints!
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - OCT 11, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank it with the Castas during the Mexico - El Salvador. Heavy bodied, thick mouth feel, great taste of dark chocolate, heavy on the alcohol nice warm feeling. Too bad we lost!!
YK23 (465) - Haifa, ISRAEL - FEB 18, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at a tasting: oatmeal porridge, milk chocolate, bitter chocolate, sweet malt, roasted malt, honey, mild coffee, cocca notes, some charred wood, weak smoked meat, delicate hops lingers through, great aftertaste, very blanced mellow and refined imperial stout.
Obfuscate (464) - Minneapolis, - FEB 12, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tastes like a sweet stout with a bitter chocolate bite. Oats, chocolate, only a hint of booziness. Great beer.
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle drank on 12/13/11.Pours a dark brown almost black, with a dark tan/red head. Smells and tastes of caramel, roasty, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, smoke, soy sauce.light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, soft carbonation, long finish, bitter. Nice beer kind of like a bitter porter or a coffee stout. Nice flavor over all very bold.