hamsterglory (48) - Bryan, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
this beer is stupid good. thereís no way around it. blacker than life before Jesus, with a cleveland browns ballcap to boot on a head. this thing smells like whoa. then it tastes like whoa. and then, when you go in again, more whoa. huge chocolate aroma and flavors. very dark, nearly burnt chocolate. my first impression was charred liquid fudge, but in a good way. the alcohol burn hit the back of the throat fairly hard in the first few sips, mellowed in the middle, then rears its hothead in any serious pause. yes, the alcohol bites here. but thatís okay. coffee and bleeding heart juice round out the edges making this as much of an afternoon treat as a midnight sleeping pill. i like it. my buddy here, in the flannel shirt, he likes it. we agree that, at times, the flavor is almost overpowering. while punching where it should punch and smoothing where it should smooth, sometimes it throws in a kick and belts me just below the tongue-belt. whoa. and wow. i said to my buddy josh here, just now and meaning it, "this is one of the more intense drinking experiences iíve had." and it was. and it is. for about two more sips.
ajbitt (47) - , Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: No surprise - smells like dark, bitter chocolate.Alcohol noticeable in nose. Appearance: Completely opaque, basically black. Thin but medium brown head present. Flavor: Neutral at first with a quick sharp rush / bit on the tongue of carbonation and intense bitterness with a smooth, rich, malty finish. Palate: Overall initial to finish time is actually quite short making this boldly named stout feel more like a weak porter. Overall Impression: Not bad but probably will not purchase again. Did enjoy the bitterness with the smooth malty finish.
spiritsbeerman (47) - Nicholasville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 6, 2009
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Very dark pour with a thin head, great aroma, taste and mouth feel. It is everything you would want in a stout, add bitter chocolate what a treat.
benwa420 (47) - East Hampton, New York, USA - JUL 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle pours super dark black. brown head. Definitly get a little bitterness out of this beer. Nice Chocolate taste with roasted malt. very nice job once again by Stone brewing company.
tarc (47) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 17, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: The chocolate aroma is not to be denied. It pours like motor oil with a minimal brownish grey head. I was aprehensive about the taste of bitter chocolate oats and malt but it works well. To me the bitter was not too bitter... Not your everyday beer but very good.
brikelly (39) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another great stout from Stone. Pours with a lovely frothy head that dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is pleasant, with notes of chocolate (duh...) and smoke. Wonderful taste, the oatmeal and chocolate are very present but in perfect amounts, and balanced well with the alcohol. Great, great stout. Not as insanely great as Stoneís Russian Imperial stout, but still well worth it.
Zbong (38) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle got on the release date. Very excited. Pours black with a tan head. Bitter is surprisingly not that apparent but chocolate and vanilla dominate. Alcohol is present but not overbearing. Good but I was expecting more. I would choose the Russian Imperial over this anyday!
daddyslick (36) - Arizona, USA - JUL 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer has the traditional over the top Stone style hopping. I’m not saying I’m opposed to it, it’s just more novelty than daily drinker for me. This beer in particular has a subtle chocolate taste, a very full bodied beer and finishes with the hoppy after taste. it leaves the mouth fully in about 20 seconds.
shotgunn (34) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 9, 2009
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
It pours black with a thin brown head that laced the glass nicely. To the nose it wasnít the overpowering aroma that I was expecting. It did have hints of chocolate to the nose. When it first hits the tongue it is smooth and chocolatey. It finishes with a really dark roast coffee that is very pleasant. The 9.2% ABV isnít noticeable and seems that it would sneek up very quickly. Overall...WOW! I would and will try this again. I canít believe I havenít tried this sooner.
SCBrew (31) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUL 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful, nearly black pour with creamy beige head. First aroma was mild roast, followed by subtle chocolate. Silky mouthfeel with a bit of sweetness. Roasted grain bitterness with toasted flavors. Nice alcohol warming.