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.
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.
keithwebb (3) - 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.
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 I’ve had in awhile. Will probably be better after a few years in the beer fridge...
sbybeerguy (2) - California, USA - AUG 15, 2008 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours extremely dark with little to no head. aroma of cocao and chcocolate on the nose. slightly bitter 1st impression and follows with extremely smooth chocolate/cocao/creamy notes and a wonderful rich mouth feel. despite an over 9%, alcohol is very well hidden. really loved in the bottle and REALLY loved it on tap over at stone brewery. will definitely get more!
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.
applesquash (2) - USA - FEB 24, 2010 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of my top 3 all time favorites. I got one from a nearby market and enjoyed it so much I went back for 2 more but they only had 1. The guy mentioned they did have a case in the back but weren’t going to open it. So I bought the case. I think I was tricked. What a nice trick to play. Trick me like that any time.
MikeBeerSmith (1) - , California, USA - AUG 16, 2008 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Poured from a bottle into a large brandy snifter. The head was rather thin and short lived but that doesn’t bother me all that much. The wonderful smell of coffee and chocolate bellowed thickly from the glass. The palate was silky smooth and full bodied. Exactly what I look for in a beer. It had a rather bitter flavor. It wasn’t like the harsh bitterness of overly hoppy beer, but the well-balanced sweet bitterness of dark chocolate and coffee. The chocolatey after taste really stays on the tongue long after drinking. This is one of my top 5 favorite beers.