uhclem (355) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours like any other quality stout. Nose is subdued, with alcohol, chocolate and coffee prevailing.Taste is of fruit and bitter chocolate (surprise!). Again, the alcohol made it’s presence known, and not very pleasantly. Mouthfeel was oily and the finish was very metallic and unpleasantly bitter. And this is coming from an IPA drinker. Did not finish the bottle. I have been very pleased with Stone products. This one, not so much.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Viscous, black pour with no head. Nose is complete with notes of dark chocolate malts, dark fruits and alcohol...this definitely needs to sit for at least a year IMO. The mouth feel on this is what I wish their RIS was, thick and chewy...very nice. Ashy flavors hit immediately followed by some dark chocolate, roasted malts and alcohol. The most disappointing part about this was the lack of oat. I was initially pretty geeked about this coming out and I was a bit disappointed.
Stine (1453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Hugely thick oily black pour. Roast and chocolate, fat coffee bean aroma; maple and molasses and baking chocolate. Firmly bitter and sweet. Flavor brings a feathery but pungent herbal mint quality and a heavy, soapy patent black bitterness that together would seem to achieve a fair feat of astringency, although this graciously never occurs. Somewhat simple. Malt character is a bit wet and cardboard-textured; flavors of graham crackers, dark roasted coffee, vanilla granola, and semisweet chocolate. The herbal sensation lingers and lends a cooling, lightly acidic touch through the mouth and nostrils. Smooth texture, in a full palate; oily, and rich, but still quite bitter, which tends to make it seem obese and simply overstuffed; little balance in the malt character ultimately. Some maple sweetness lends a comfortable richness in the finish, with a bit of doughy sugar. Passable; there’s too much darkness in the beer and not enough softness. Thanks Bob!
canary dog (649) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A complex and roasty dark drink. Some vague chocolate notes; but many vague notes because of its richness and complexity. Beer gains considerable alcohol presence as it is held in the mouth. Overall, I didn’t find this beer too impressive, although I was expecting a lot. It did not seem balanced and smooth, just a complex and dark mish-mash of hops, malts and their accompanying characters.
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 11, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(22oz bottle) Smallish brown head atop brown-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, dark chocolate, some milk chocolate, roast, light coffee liqueur. Taste is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, burnt coffee, alcohol, some dark chocolate, roast. Smooth medium-full body. Alcohol presence detracts from what otherwise would be a very enjoyable beer.
Juelze (1135) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown color with thick light brown ehad. Aroma is bitter chocolate, oatmeal, malt and light hop fragrance. taste is bitter chocolate, earthy malt, light coffee and some milk sugar. It’s mildly carbonated and the aftertaste is really mellow and bitter. The alcohol is well hidden but this impy just doesn’t do it for me. It’s good, but not great.
jtw (1078) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bottle pours a very black with a rich tan head, diminishing slowly. focused bitter and roasty aroma, with hints of cocoa and green hops, and a tiny bit of alcohol apparent in the nose. creamy oatmeal only appears in the body - dominated by roast and bitterness. tingly acidic finish of coffee and unsweetened cocoa, and unfortunately it’s mostly underwhelming. becomes harsh and it’s almost a chore to finish all 22 oz.
AmEricanbrew (5523) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - SEP 8, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft@ Brouwers. Black with a tan head. Cocoa powder and roasted malt aromas. Full body. Strong flavor is chocolate, coffee, with a harsh charred oatmeal flavor, which reminded me of a burnt oatmeal / peanut butter cookie. Astringent alcohol bite to finish. Is this better in a bottle?
Crit (3245) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 16, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black, fast fading brown head.Nose of chocolate & alcohol.Harsh alcohol heat,espresso and bitter chocolate profile,bitter chocolate most noticeable in finish
Once again, the alcohol is too overpowering, as with most Stone brews.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Like eating a very bitter Hershey bar. Over the top. Not subtle. Full bodied, creamy. Use earplugs.