Block (2152) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black, oily pour. It feels heavy. Almost no head. Bubbles come up a bit slowly, it looks heavy. This probably ended up being my favorite Imperial Stout. Itís just really, really drinkable. Itís a great medley of dark flavors, a heavy body, a slightly bitter and alcoholic finish. Itís not over the top. Itís not unbearably strong. It doesnít over-alcohol just because it can.
jgb9348 (5527) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2015
1.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Deep dark brown coloured body, about 95% opaque with only a sliver of light going through some oily brown body when held at an angle. Light brown head with almost no movement at all, and the head fades within seconds, leaving a bubble or two on top - thatís it. Aroma of alcohol, molasses, bourbon, rye, coffee and a ton of vanilla - strong and pungent smelling. Full-bodied; Deep, rich, sticky and incredibly pungent/bitter from the bourbon and grain. Vanilla comes through, but only as a burn in the finish. Aftertaste is molasses, grain, alcohol, bourbon, rye, roasted oatmeal, vanilla and somehow more alcohol - like grain alcohol. Overall, a very strong and incredibly pungent beer, and not in a good way. This 13% shows a bit TOO much, espceially after the aging should have tempered things. If you still have this around, drink it now, since it doesnít appear to getting better with time, and donít expect too much, this is way overproofed and strong for itís own good, youíd be better off buying a beer that manages alcohol content much better. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Arrowine in Arlington, Virginia on 19-July-2013 for US$9,99 sampled at home in Washington on 28-November-2015. If people stopped reading and looking at labels and started tasting beers and consider what they should be tasting like, this beer would be at the bottom 10% of the style, easily. But, because there is a devil person on the front, the ratings jump through the roof...sad for real beer reviewers.
Bottled on: 25-June-2013 // Purchased on: 19-July-2013 // Sampled on: 28-November-2015
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pretty damn good. Smooth, not overbearing with the usual tar or licorice. Can taste slight grains and brown sugar.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Radek Kliber (7058) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 20, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Where and how: tasting, bottle 650 ml
Aroma: hot front, mild smoke, dark malts, hinted with berry. Secondary chocolate. Barrel aromas on edges. It feel incomplete.
Top: medium sized tanned crown, some lace shown
Base: dark brown
Palate : full bodied
Taste: Frontal hints of molasses, raisins followed by chocolate. Tad too dry up front but overall nicely made.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a very dark chocolate brown color thatís completely opaque with a two finger mocha head that very slowly fades into a thick, lasting ring. Nice retention for the style and ABV with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Boozy, slightly acrid aroma with subtle oak, burnt sugars and deeply roasted dark malt notes. Takes a while to open up but once it does thereís a slight toothpick/dry oak character along with hints of burnt toast, bitter dark chocolate, espresso bean and a faint hint of bourbon sweetness. Somewhat bland and one dimensional being mostly boozy(not much bourbon character though) with burnt malt.
Medium body but lighter than expected with slight viscosity and a strong acrid/burnt malt flavor that lingers over the cocoa and oak barrel into a dry finish. Very bitter and toasty with strong ash, burnt coffee bean and extremely bitter dark chocolate. Not picking up any wheat flavor at all but there is some dry tooth pick/oak and a prominent spicy bourbon. More heat than flavor from the bourbon but thatís somewhat expected given the small percentage of the blend. Some resinous bitter hops underneath but this beer is just too dry, acrid and burnt for many of the other flavors to stand out . Bourbon flavor isnít complex or interesting. Lacking in spicy bourbon sweetness and just tastes like strong ethanol. In addition, this beer is in desperate need of some balance to cancel out the char, burnt malt and stinging alcohol. Not very good at this stage. Will possibly improve with time as it mellows out.
fuzzcro (199) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2015
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I have a feeling my rating stands alone at the low point. I just know Stone normally brews a better stout than what this is. I get a strong fruit taste at the start I see nobody else talking about. Itís not horrible but yet still not up to the standard Iíve come to enjoy with Stone. No where near as thick. Pours nice and looks good in the glass then fizzles.
rdixon77 (2144) - Georgia, USA - NOV 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid imperial...dark brown. Coffee, nuts, chocolate, some dark fruit and vanilla aspect. Heavy, sipper.
hotstuff (4811) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated on 10-03-2015 at 800 Degrees Three Fires, Fort Wayne, IN. The appearance of this draft beer is a small light brown head with a short retention, opaque black dark brown body and no lacing. The aroma is chocolate, malt and a bit boozy. The flavor of this beer mimics the aroma. The mouthfeel is light carbonation and this beer is medium bodied. This is a very good tasting imperial stout that is worth trying and a beer I would definitely partake in again.
Percy0103 (545) - MEXICO - NOV 1, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 650ml. A dark beer with a red hue and a small brown head that fades away quickly. Aroma is of dark chocolate, black coffee, nuts and alcohol. Taste is bittersweet with a strong alcoholic finish. Some carbonation and astringency. Medium bodied and oily. Strong aftertaste of chocolate, spices and roasted coffee. Delicious.
cobaink2 (387) - seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clean head with very little lacing. This is best when warmed up. Tastes of dark fig, fant vanilla, and a small bit of roasted pecan. Itís a large and muddy beer. Definatly a sipping beer. Very tasty and at a fantastic price point.