Steasy66 (882) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Looks great, black with dark brown head. Aroma is muted, malt and alcohol. Flavor is decent, malty, sweet, lots of alcohol. I think this will age well, but right now its nothing special
Thisis12ptfont (838) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JUL 30, 2013
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Aroma of deep, smoked malts, wood, oak and roasted molasses with a more faint hint of almonds/pecans behind it. Solid black appearance with beautiful lacing and little foam. Massively complex with pecan, walnut, maple syrup, slick, melted caramel and chocolate upfront with a second phase of espresso, toffee, alcohol and continuous nutty notes. Overall, this is a masterpiece. Stone has outdone themselves with this one. This is one of the greatest Imperial Stoutís I have ever had. Delicious, decadent, delectable and rich. This is a must have. Iíd give this an easy A+ rating.
egajdzis (5335) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque black with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, nuts, cocoa, vanilla, wood, whiskey, and alcohol. Taste of char, roast, vanilla, wood, bourbon, nuts, and alcohol in the finish.
Ibrew2or3 (6881) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 30, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber pours out with a viscous stream of dark inky fluid right into my Stone IPA tall tulip glass. It has a dark body that supports a modest sized dark tan head. The aroma is big and smoothed over by sweetness with sweet malts, toffee, molasses and then maple syrup, vanilla and smooth bourbon booze. The taste begins smooth and slick with a mix of malt sweetness, molasses and dark roasted to burnt malts. Toward midway it gets into a pleasing mix of toffee, chocolate, vanilla and smooth sweet bourbon booze. Mighty nice stuff, great sipper.
GT2 (8425) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Slaterís 50/50 Rancho. Inky pour with minimal foam. Sweet, heavy sugar aroma with barrel and coconut. Taste is dense with high alcohol, thick licorice, tootsie roll, mild warming alcohol. Chalky finish with tannic pecan shell. Super sweet body. Papery finish. Harsher aftertaste.
davey101 (691) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
"Ale brewed with pecans, wheat & rye, with one quarter aged in bourbon barrels" so the inspiration behind this beer is the Kentucky Derby pie, something I have never had the pleasure of trying before. My loss! 22 oz bomber into a teku glass and allowed to warm up a bit. Bottled on 06/27/13.
A - Pours a pitch black body with 2-3 fingers worth of thick kahki foam with some rising carbonation that ends quickly. Settling down this leaves behind an entire fingers worth of dense foam that lasts for an impressively long time. A swirl generates some wispy fingers with excellent lacing and long lasting retention. This beer does look fantastic.
S - Starts off with some pecans, brown sugar, light spice and toffee. At first this gets bombarded by a wall of oak but allowing it to breath calms that down a bit. The bourbon is not noticeable at all, instead its just an oaky wood element with some fusel heat. A bit of a mess here to be honest.
T - Starts off with nutty pecans, sweet brown sugar and caramel. The flavors are seemingly all over the place with spice, oak, and vanilla strewn about. Almost no chocolate or roast presence which is odd given the fact that its a stout, this seems very American strong ale like. The finish is overly bitter which clashes uncomfortably against the high abv. Why is this 13%!!? The mouth feel is very pleasant though, dense and creamy and just about perfect.
O - I was really excited by this beer when I fist heard about it but unfortunately it did not do much for me. It seems like a bit of a mess with ingredients just thrown at it. Its overly sweet and far too boozy with little redeeming qualities.
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
13% ABV Bomber from 7/16/13. Pours thick with a near black hued body and a large and mostly retentive tan head. Good lace and some alcohol legs. Aromas are of brown sugar, licorice/anise, pecans, toasted malt, vanilla, cola and bourbon. A bit of fudgy chocolate. Dark fruit, raisins. Flavors are of alcohol, medium sweetness, ashy roast, chocolate, fudge, pecans, some anise. Boozy finish. Light rye and toasted malt. A bit of subdued tannin. Full and viscous body, medium to medium high carbonation. Sticky and warming.
JohnnyJ (4356) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thick sugary black pour, with almost zero head. This is one big heavy, sugar bomb beer. Sweet chocolate, sugar, dark fruit, boozy bourbon, nuts (pecan), alcohol, and some molasses. Quite boozy and hard to drink. I have mixed feelings about this one.
nimbleprop (4869) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle pours a viscous, opaque black with some cloudy beige head. Nose is mild, cracker, spice, light molasses, burnt toast, light vanilla. Flavor has heavy black pepper, molasses, caramel, vanilla, wheat chaff. Full bodied. Great structure. Could probably age this a bit too.
flatmatt (1112) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Cocoa and nutty aroma, sweet with molasses and dark fruit. Flavor incorporates molasses and anise, cocoa, dark fruit, soy tones, maybe hinting at bourbon. Itís pretty nice, but rather intense.