djaeon (15) - Chula Vista, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
I love good stouts, porters, etc., and this one didnít let me down. I get a bottle almost whenever I see it.
Pours thick and pitch black with a small milk-chocolate colored head.
Roasty aroma with a hint of chocolate and slight hoppiness.
Excellent taste. Iím thinking coffee/espresso with some dark chocolate sauce thrown in.
Excellent, silky smooth.
No problems putting this one down at all. Itís be an easy session beer if the alcohol was halved (but who wants that). I agree with those who say the %9.2 alcohol content is well hidden.
kelsmj (10) - , Indiana, USA - SEP 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tastes like a very dark roast colombian coffee with a little bit of chocolate. Very dark pour with little head. Had a slight bitter after taste. I would buy again.
luvpnkflyd (10) - Kokomo, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2009
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
My favorite! Very thick and creamy. You can deffinitely taste the chocolate. I wish I could get more of it!
sach918 (9) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2011 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Terrific. The aroma is mild, chocolaty but with some bitter notes somewhat like those found in almonds. I bought several bottles in early 2009 and have tried them every six months-this is the best so far as the alcohol flavor is non-existent yet the classic oatmeal flavor is still there along with a more pronounced sweetness to the bitter chocolate. i would say that this is literally 1.5 times as good as the original in my opinion.
eburrell (7) - Spring Valley, California, USA - AUG 2, 2008 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
It’s really hard to decypher this one because it is too bitter for words. Which isn’t bad by any means of the equation. I think if aged in a bottle for a tad but this one would rock your socks off, if it hasn’t already.
Amazing aroma, dark as a tire, and extremely tasty. Valiant effort again by Stone.
induction (4) - , Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2008 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cocoa and coffee aroma, very dark pour, dark head (darker than a lot of beers themselves!), quick bitter finishing out into medium oatmeal taste. This beer doesn’t have the noticeable alcohol taste that most high-gravity beers exhibit.
keithwebb (4) - USA - JUL 11, 2008 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle in July 2008. Pours black, thick, with a chocolate brown head that nearly disipates after a couple of minutes. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, and cherry. Rich, sweet (from malt), bitter chocolate taste. The 9.2% alcohol doesnít show up in the taste. Nice rich, smooth, with a chocolate and slight coffee finish.
CTSVPhantom (4) - Vista, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle. Very roasty, POWERFUL taste of bitter chocolate and dark malts. Didn’t really notice oatmeal. Pours even darker than the IRS, head is very dark brown. Very little sweetness, lots of bitterness and roastiness. Not much hoppiness. Easily my favorite Stone anniversary brew to date.
MamoSean (3) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 17, 2008 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with highlights of brown. Almost no head at any angle of pour. Strong Chocolate aftertaste, but not sweet at all. More of a cocoa flavor than actual chocolate. Very Similar to the Imperial Russian Stout, but obviously with chocolate. Definitely has that distinctive Stone smell to it. The flavor lingers in your mouth but does not stay to long. and on a lighter note, (physically and metaphorically) this has to be the best tasting burp Iíve had in awhile. Will probably be better after a few years in the beer fridge...
avatarignis (2) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 10, 2009 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Imbibed from a small snifter from Davis Graduate tap.
Color is space black, can easily see my reflection in it. Head is a dark mocha that laces the glass heavily, although the main head dies down after a bit. Smell is slight malt, Jagermeister, dark french-roast coffee. Initial taste is anise, very bitter chocolate. Body is intense roasted malt, dark coffee and dark chocolate. Finishes with slightly citric hops, dark chocolate, and alcohol sensation. Palate feel is very thick, oily, alcohol/anise sensation. Would definitely tear the heavens and earth asunder to get more.