Blackbarrel (116) - new york, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2006
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black as ink, rich, dark, choclate-ey. Difficult to take in at first. well worth it though.
IrishBoy (4096) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 31, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2008 2006 Release; opaque black with a tiny brown head. Aroma gives coffee, chocolate, plummy notes, and hops. Flavor features coffee, chocolate, malts, with smoky hop notes. My favorites are stouts, so I love this one! 9/5/9/5/18 4.6
2008 bomber from Westchester Liquors!
Nose of roasty coffee, chocolate, with a bit of raisins thrown in; black with a medium cinnamon tan head; falvor is coffee, chcolate, light hop bitterness, and a raosty, smoky undertone; finish is light hops and smoke! 8/4/4/9/5/17 4.3
MrEcted1 (144) - Wheat Ridge, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have had a few bottles of the 2006 version of this stout. I have heard that the past years are better, but unfortunately I wasnít able to find these until 2006. Pours a very deep black hue with a rice-crispy head (snap crackle pop). Dark fruits, coffee and a bit of bakers dark chocolate pull through well, but I noticed a bit of an undesirable bitterness that I didnít care for too much, not exactly a hop like bitterness, more of a harsh astringent bitterness. The head didnít last long at all, but at nearly 10% you canít really expect that. This is a thick brew, which is really good given the style. Overall this brew is above average as far a stouts go, but nothing that blew my mind away. I would rather have an Oak Aged Yeti, but thatís just me.
DCJack (185) - Alabama, USA - MAY 30, 2006
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2006 almost perfect.
drank a bottle last week and almost peed my pants I was so happy.. . .
have another bottle and will write a better review when I open it . . .
OK. Everything you could want in a beer is here. Presence, stature, fullness, flavor, excellence . . .
what more needs to be said?
If you could only drink one beer the rest of your life, and this was the one, you would be living in bliss.
do I need to connect the dots any more directly?
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - MAY 29, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber of the 2006 vintage. I remember this beer being much bolder in the past. I still enjoyed it, but I had this one and a Viking Big Swede, and was suprised at how much more impressive Big Swede was when I did a side by side tasting of the two. That being said, this beer is still excellent, and an Impy well worth trying. Stone Russian Imperial pours to a jet black color, with a thick, creamy, white head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is fragrant with aromas of dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, and hints of cracked black pepper. The palate is firm, with good dark chocolate, roast, and coffee flavors, paired with hints of licorice. This beer finishes with more big dark chocolate and coffee, then ends with a light, warming burn. Good Imperial, but Iíve have enjoyed other example much better than this one. When I did my Impy tasting recently, I found Viking Brewingís Big Swede more impressive than Stone Russian Imperial.
ebarnes (261) - Beech Grove, Indiana, USA - MAY 29, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 release. 22oz bottle
Pours very thick and very black with a small tan head. As mentioned by others, aroma is dominated by coffee and dark chocolate. Donít even think of drinking this one cold. Itís metallically bitter if you do. Once it warms, my goodness. So smooth. Coffee. Chocolate. Malt. All roasted in perfect harmony. Great beer.
ricedw3 (2) - USA - MAY 28, 2006 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Most complex beer that I have ever had. I enjoyed the bitter aftertaste. I couldnít detect any pine from the hops. I enjoyed the mouth feel and finish. Very thick and satisfying.
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One hell of a beer. 22 oz bottle: pours more like used oil than I have ever seen dark dark thick black. Aroma of dark malt, coffee, dark chocolate. Flavor is even more complex: dark malt, coffee, dark chocolate, anise, black current, a bit of pine on the back of the tongue from the hops. Alocohol on the finish is sweet but balanced. velvetly smooth palate the thickest I have ever felt. This is a must have. The best that I have had thus far. CHEERS!!!!!
casper78 (21) - bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 26, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 1 pnt 6ozs. spring 2006 release.
Pours very thick and heavy almost lumpy, and leaves this thick carmel color head. With awesome flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, with an incredible hoppy bitterness finish. This is an extraordinary beer, once again stone has hit the mark giving us this wonder!!!!
elduchey (12) - Venice, California, USA - MAY 26, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours like over used motor oil straight out of oil pan and leaves a head that looks like something floating around in my toilet after a night of drinking Guinness.
Youíd think that a beer this dark would have a bitterness about it but it turns out to be one of the smoothest, most flavorfull beers you will ever drink.
This is probably the best dark beer Iíve ever had. Would love to try it on tap.