oh6gdx (21553) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Black colour, small brown head. Alcohol and roasted malt in aroma. Flavour is sweet malty with weak roast. Kind of soapy hints in flavour too. Smoky aftertaste.
TBone (13359) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled, alc. 10.5%
Opaque black, small cappuchino head. Strong roasted, licorice nose. Full-bodied licorice overload. Sticky hoppy aftertaste. Nice balanced dessert brew.
BeerandBlues2 (10447) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 3, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours jet black like a thick molasses with a small creamy tan head and some lined lacing. Port and dark chocolate raisin, plum fruit hop aroma with dark roasted caramel malt throughout. Dark chocolate sour hop (prune) and dark roasted caramel malt flavor, silky with an alcohol finish. Dark and full bodied creamy palate, warming.
MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour w/ a nice well laced tan head. Sweet roasted malt, grains, carmel, and some rasberry come through in the aroma. Rich thick creamy palate. Flavor was a BIG roasted malt some fruits w/ toffee & chocolate. This is some nummy stuff.
smithlrs2003 (11) - washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 30, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
excellent beer. black with light caramel-brown foam. Foam coats sides of glass nicely as drunk.
Flavor is full, strong hoppy at the back end but not overpowering. Like a meal.
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an opaque black, black as night with a thick dark brown head. Very lacy. Smells malty, roasted maltiness, sweet chocolate malt and alcohol.
Tastes of alcohol, burnt malt and coffee. Milky too. Oaky vanilla. Tastes kind of like those little chocolate bottles filled with liquor. Rich malt and some alcochol burn in the finish. Creamy mouth and smoky on the back of the throat that lingers. A sipper to be sure but very good. Could stand a little aging and I’ll bet it would age very well.
Ratman197 (10538) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Falling Rock poured an opaque black with a brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee. Palate was heavy and peppery. Flavors of coffee, burnt malt,and bittersweet chocolate. Possibly one of stones best beers IMNTBHO.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pours almost pitch black, with a big brown head. Aroma is big, roasted malts, licorice, some coffee and notes of bread. Taste is sweet roasted, with notes of coffee and chocolate. Long roasted/coffee aftertaste. Truely a great stout
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with a thick chocolate colored head. Smells of chocolate and coffee, very strongly. The taste knocks you on your ass and asks you how you like it down there. Intense coffee malt and bittersweet chocolate notes, that burn into your taste buds and won’t let go. I waited a good forty second after the first sip and could still taste the beer in my mouth. Stone does it again with another phenomenal beer.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 13, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oily black pour with a delicious looking layer of dark tan head that leaves a nice fine skim of lace. Wonderfully integrated aroma; a fine textured roastiness, like a freshly pulled shot of espresso. Toffee and rum seemlessly blend with the roast. A surprising amount of buttery character, but it feels intentional, like a nod to the stouts of Samuel Smith. Smooth and firm, but surprisingly gentle dark chocolate flavors, with a little coffee, a bit of dark pit fruit. Big and mouthfilling, but not harsh. All in all rather understated for such a big beer. Not to say it isn’t full flavored--it just seems to do an unsually good job of balancing all the flavor contributions. This was an ’05 bottle, but it tastes like it has already been well-aged. (Bitterness receeding, finish getting a bit more dry, flavor components blending artfully.) Wonderful!