TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Jet black. Initially large light-cinnamon head settles into a jagged-edged collar as it quickly disperses. Extremely rich nose of mocha chocolate, ink, espresso, molasses and burnt sugar. Underlying hints of toffee, nougat, blueberry and steeped prunes. Soft pricks of fuzzy carbonation. Initially tongue-coating with weighty residuals swiftly trailed by a fairly sharp surge of alcohol which wipes the palate dry. Tangy mixture of raisins and prunes gel with the bristling metallic char. Bitter notes of black-chocolate-coated espresso beans enhance the smoky roast, though the malts donít particularly possess much in terms of cleanness, depth or structure. Mushy roasted-grain textures are sandwiched between the fruitiness and brisk char. Caramelized malt hints softly exude but fail to withstand the massiveness of the roast and bitter chocolate. Combination of chocolate, residual sweetness, and a forceful omnipresence of roast tires the palate less than halfway through the bomber, as does the alcohol. Closes with an alcoholic sharpness yet with a lingering flabby trail of roasted grains and molasses. Not at all impressive. To me it simply smells and tastes like a big, straightforward, yet poorly crafted, stout with tons of chocolate. And as such it comes across as a novelty rather than something Iíd ever want to revisit.
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Poured a deep brown/black color with a bubbly quarter-inch tan head that eventually faded to nothing. Aroma of chocolate, some light roasted malts, anise, black licorice, and alcohol. Smooth, sweet entry with a hint of anise and some light roasted maltiness and a bit of chocolate with a light undertone of smoke that finishes with a light bitterness and lingering notes of black licorice. Low carbonation and moderate mouthfeel. The aroma was hard to detect over the alcohol presence, and the flavor was too abrasive to enjoy very much. Hopefully time will smooth this out.
kramer (5395) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2009
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz bottle, via Stateline Liquors. Pours a pitch black body with a great creamy espresso brown head that fell to a thin covering. The nose is pretty great, roast, espresso, dark chocolate, and just a little bit of hops. Smells like dessert! The first sip takes me back though, very astringent and over roasted with too much alcohol and too much hops. The bitterness from the chocolate combine with the hops to just assault the tongue. Hot harsh finish. The mouthfeel doesnít help things either, itís just not thick or creamy enough to withstand all this alcohol or hops. This just is not that pleasurable to drink. Too much of everything.
Beerman6686 (5405) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured a nice black color with a small tan head. Aroma was very strange, i guess it was the bitter chocolate, and some licorice. Flavor was a bit better than the aroma, just very bitter, but not in a good way, the oatmeal and sweet chocolate flavors I expected werent there at all. i was very disappointed with this.
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not impressed at all. Hoping for a nice chocolaty flavor but got a bland, alcoholish chocolate. Opaque black with minimal head. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, smoke and alochol. Slightly bitter but a strange bitterness that doesn’t come close to hops.
abcfan (836) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very disappointed in this one after reading reviews here. Not much of an aroma on this one, but I did detect some dark fruit and oats. Pours black with a nice tan/brown head. Taste was wet cardboard and was very slick on the tongue. Nice burning alcohol finish, Nothing exciting going on with this one.
Headbanger (3545) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bottle-Pours a pitch black body with a nice big tan head. Aroma of bitterness, oatmeal, burnt malt, and slight alcohol. Taste of alcohol and more alcohol and then on the back end the roasted and slight oatmeal characteristics come out. I am very disappointed with this release. The alcohol is way too prominent.
Ernest (6749) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 11, 2008
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is opaque black (flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately malty (husks, roasted/burnt grain, chocolate), with notes of varnish, alcohol, plastic, sour apple, hint of nail polish.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, heavily bitter, slightly husky.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
I hate to preface ratings with "I’m honestly not a hater of this brewery, but..." I mean, the more good beers I can get locally, the better for me, yes? Stone is available locally, so I am literally rooting for them to make some tasty beverages. The 11th Anniversary was actually pretty good. This one is...well...kinda embarrassing. Unpleasant off notes in the aroma right from the start, and they don’t go away. Not to mention burnt and husky and oh-so-crude. The saddest part for me is that I was really in the mood for a stout tonight, but I can’t even drink this, much less rave about it.
jcwattsrugger (11590) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2008
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Stone Bitter Chocolate Oatmeal Stout-22oz bottle-pours a disappearing brown head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-chocolate, rubber, bug spray, some dark fruit. Taste is bitter chocolate-dark malt, boozy, alcohol, tar, vinegar/acidic, woody. Not close to Stone IS. Thanks to jwc215 for sharing.
Cirrhosis (1266) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 16, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
"Black syrup with a tall brown crown, dangnabit this looks as thick as tar. Aroma is disappointing, cold dust (I canít explain what that is but trust the smell of cold dust is a real smell), sand box (not in a bad way), some mild alcohol, some coffee and cigarettes. This stuff smells well below average and well well below what was expecting from Stone. Taste is thin and watery, a coffee bitterness lingers while dark chocolate dominates the watered down taste. There is a flavour that hides in the background that I will describe as burnt sourness a to me this is what is ruining the beer. Iím shocked about how mild the flavour is there is no boldness to it, itís just kind of there. On the very last sip I tasted some sweet milk chocolate. This wasnít the beer I was expecting WHAT HAPPENEND?!?! I have only had a few Stone beers but this is the first subpar one. Just had a huge whiff of rubbing alcohol in the remains of my glass. Thanks Jeff?"