wu1000k (18) - Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque, viscous motor oil in color. Pours with thin head. Moderate carbonation. Traditional dry imperial stout aroma, slight hint of cocoa / bitter chocolate. For an imperial stout, its aroma belies the 9%+ alcohol content.
Initial flavor with of classic imperial stout with very slight oatmeal and cocoa undertones, with medium thickness mouthfeel, followed by lingering bitter chocolate finish with a bit of carbonation at the finish.
Definitely a great stout, but somehow doesn’t stand up against its champion imperial stout brethren.
ruberbox (15) - California, USA - AUG 1, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2009 Re rate: The 12th Anniversary has definitely come into its own with some aging. The alcohol flavor has dissipated substantially and left an amazing beer. This beer has suddenly been vaulted into the upper echelon of my favorites.
dark, bitter chocolaty goodness. Very smooth for a high ABV beer. Stone’s 12th trumps the last 2 anniversary beers, granted I am not a hop head.
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 didn’t 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. I’m thinking coffee/espresso with some dark chocolate sauce thrown in.
Excellent, silky smooth.
No problems putting this one down at all. It’s 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.
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 doesn’t 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.
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.