Ataraxia (415) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black, thin beige lacing. Fairly potent roasted coffee bean aroma with vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, burnt sugar, toast, and hints of anise. Heavy, syrupy sweet taste. Creamy, full-bodied, and a little too much carbonation. Smoke in the long, bitter finish.
Beaver (1458) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown black with a medium creamy brown head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is lots of roasted coffee with some sweet vanilla.
The flavor is sweet malts, roasted coffee and some anise with a big roast bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low smooth carbonation.
Overall, very nice. The coffee is not overdone, and balances the bitterness.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5523) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a black color with a medium sized foamy darkish brown head that lingered and left great lacing. The aroma was dry toasty malts, cocoa, coffee, vanilla and a hint of anise. The flavor was roasty and toasty with notes of anise, coffee, vanilla and touches of whiskey and port wine. Long roasty cocoa, coffee, vanilla and almost smoke finish. Moderately full bodied. Very nice.
argo0 (12122) - Washington DC, USA - APR 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Small beige head atop cola-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee, some roast, light earthy. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, some bittersweet chocolate, earthy/grapefruit, light alcohol. Sticky medium-full body.
toxichop (479) - South Gate, California, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
S: Roasted malts, espresso, caramel malt, chocolate, molasses and vanilla to my suprise the coffee does not dominate, it blends with many sweet aromas that exist in this beer. P: Almost completly black, looks thick coming out of the bottle and gives a nice brown sugar one inch head that eventually dissapears. T: This was a bit of a let down, the roast just dominates this beer, if roast can be measured like bitterness this would 100. Acidy also comes foward with this beer with dark chocolate, a touch of alchohol and some smoke. M: Med/ high carbonation with some bitterness and a dry roasty finish. O: Well, this was cheap atleast. Stone has some beers that I love and some that I hate. This just didnt do it for me.
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep rich black pour with a dark head. Aroma is bitter coffee upfront with roasted malt following. This aroma graciously invites you into your first sip. Taste is coffee flavor that dominates an already tasty beer. The first sip also tells me to go back and buy some more $6.49 is a steal for such a tasty beer. Quality beer for a decent price.Other beer companies should take notice. One of the tastiest beers I have had this year. Super lacing, thick, chewy and the beer clings to the glass.
dresden (1154) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap a stone world bistro. Slick oily black with lots of lacing down the glass. Strong chocolate like the original but a pungent coffee aroma. Fantastic dark coffee flavour with nice creamy mouthfeel. Love this edition.
notalush (5360) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour - moderate ring of tan foam - intense espresso in the nose - there are some other characteristics (chocolate, anise), but the coffee overpowers everything - itís nice, but smells slightly charred and a little acidic - somewhat oily in the mouth - moderate carbonation - flavor is mostly dark coffee (no surprise, considering the aroma) - itís fairly bitter, but has some cream and burnt sugar sweetness up front to keep it in check - this sweetness dissipates on the tail end, though, so the bitterness and acidity of the coffee beans gets to be a bit much - given the amount of coffee that was apparently used, this may have been unavoidable - the rich flavor of the coffee is quite nice - this just gets a bit astringent on the tail end - the slight alcohol burn on the end doesnít make that any better - a mixed bag.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with a thin fizzy tan head. Earthy ground coffee and chocolate aroma and taste with caramel and vanilla notes and a bitter dark chocolate finish. Thick oily palate.
Thisis12ptfont (992) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - APR 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smokey cocoa nib, coffee bean and burnt molasses aroma. Pure black with a thin foam rim. Full bodied with espresso, coffee bean and chocolate overtones.Notes of burnt sugar, toffee, roasted caramel and dark grains are present as well. Finish leaves you with a massive lingering alcohol burn. Overall, this is full flavored and full bodied. Stone Brewing delivers another massive brew.