Zinnamon (40) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
very dark pour out of the 22oz. bottle, it made me excited. It formed a good brown head especially becuase it was chilled a bit to cool. taste was chocolately and a slight coffee zing. I initially thought it was going to be overly bitter but I was wrong. It was surprisingly smooth and went down well.
bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2006
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bomber. As black as can be with a average brown head. Aroma was a little weak but consistented of choclate and coffee with a little alcohol at the end. This was probably the thickest beer I have ever had. The flavor was so smooth; very sweet but evened with a very slight bitterness. The alcohol came out at the end, but I personally like a slightly tantalizing alcohol burn on my tongue. This was one delectable beverage.
isamublue (21) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - MAY 18, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was fantastic beer. Thick, dark black pour. Diminishing tan head. Coffee taste everpresent slight chocolate and smoke overtones, with a very sweet well balanced coffee alcohol finish. Well done!
HDane (82) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
2006 bomber. Pours extremely dark and entirely opaque. Thin tan head dissapates quickly. As a stout drinker, this looks very inviting. Nose is a bit difficult to discern. Some coffee, sweetness and perhaps some fruit. Flavor is complex - an overall roasted flavor, with some coffee, chocolate, and molasses. Alcohol is very neatly hidden beneath the flavor. This IS delivers.
Lowe1983 (1480) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark black color with a brown head. Aroma is strong of coffee and chocolate with roasted and sweet malts, a hint of hops but not very much, and a nice background of dark fruits. Huge roasted flavor with coffee and chocolate dominating the flavor. Pretty smooth for an imperial stout. Finishes with a little kick of slight hops and some alcohol warming. A finish that completes this brew. Yet again Stone has done it again with another top notch brew.
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 17, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2006 THIS IS A EXCELLANT BEER .HAD IT FIRST TIME AND WAS SURPRISED AT HOW SMOOTH IT WAS .NOT TO SWEET AT ALL.IT HAD ALCOHOL VERY WELL HIDDEN AND WAS VERY DRINKABLE TRY AND GET IT WHILE IT IS OUT. I PICK UP 3 AND WILL GET MORE TOMORROW .THEY HAD A LOT WHERE I GOT IT FROM ENJOY
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 17, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Itís spring and the weather is calling for a blackout. Go ahead and put this one up to the light...youíre not going to see a thing. It pours nice and smooth with a small dark brown head. Has a strong licorice/toffee kind of aroma going for it. You can definitely taste the high alcohol content...but that isnít necessarily a bad thing. In the words of Hamlet: "íTis a consummation devoutly to be wished."
puphus (34) - Carbondale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark and rich. A bit of that good stout alcohol taste in the finish. Lots of choolate and coffee going on. Not bad, but not my favorite stout either. Kind of harsh without the greatest flavor. There are more complex out there to try.
AskForJenny (1062) - Ontario, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2007 Bought two 2006 bottles at the BevMo in Mission Valley. Poured looking as thick and black as two stroke oil, as a proper stout should. Thatís as good as it got. Very little vigor in the bubbles, and the nose was smoky but very faint. Even at the listed 10.8% percent there was no real alcohol interfering with the other flavors. Coffee and chocolate in the palate, but not really anything interesting. Iíll stick to Samuel Smith here. This is nowhere near 100th percentile.
31 Dec 06 - Had it again at this later date. Far more layered, far more superior. Moved from 3.4 to 3.8 here.
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Incredibly dark, almost oily nearly black pour. Creamy cappuchino-colored head that lasts a while. Slight lacing. The nose is heavy on the roasted malts, suggestive of hazelnut coffee, but also with a bit of indistinguishable fruit behind it. The flavor characteristics are incredibly complex but well balanced at the same time. The progression goes from mocha to an almost puckerish bittering sweet malt, to a finish that is all vanilla milkshake, leading to an aftertaste that is malty sweet but with just the slightest hint of hops lying beneath. A very pleasant experience.