Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
05 Bottle. I was underwhelmed last time I tried this next to Expedition and WWS, but on its own last night I was impressed yet again. I think the other two are better, but the richness and hop balance here is impressive. Chocolate and mocha notes and a thick palate make this a fine sipper. Good stuff, and one of the few imperial stouts that I prefer younger than older.
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - OCT 28, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz 2004: Pours black with a thin brown head. There was aroma of malt and chocolate. It had a that flavor that just explodes in your mouth, with flovors of malt, chocolate, and coffee with a thick palate.
Alcohol is hidden very well .
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle pours a pitc black. little head smells of chocolate and coffee. mabye a little hops. taste coffee chocolate hops and molasses very good smooth creamy mouth feel though alittle dry.
lethe (177) - New York, USA - OCT 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The signature Stone bottle pours a murky, midnite brew that is as good as all the comments about it say. A roast maltiness dominates with flavors of coffee and sweet nameless fruits that congeal in the dense liquid. This is a great imperial stout in a tradition of richness.
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - OCT 26, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an opaque oily thick black with a ring of coffee colored head. Smells strongly of coffee, chocolate, and ripe, dark fruit (cherries maybe?). Tastes like it smells with a bit of an alcohol flavor and a hoppy bitter finish. Chocolate aftertaste. Mmmmm...Drinks like jet fuel - this stuff is thick. One bottle is definately a meal and a potent meal at that.
bp (819) - Queens, New York, USA - OCT 26, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle purchased at New Beer Distributors (NYC). Pours out pitch black, slight alcohol & coffee aroma, smooth to drink with a slight alcohol aftertaste. Very, very good beer.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours as black as midnight with a reddish head. From the first sip to the last this beer will command your attention. Silky smooth with a warming flame below. My favorite stout.
tennisjoel (1196) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick motor oil black. Cannot see through this beer at all. Small off white head and some lacing. Chocolate, coffee, cherries greet the palate. Nice smooth start followed by the signature Stone hoppy finish. Very good!
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 16, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours obsidian black with a thick creamy tan head that fades to a thin ring around the edge of the galss. The aromas are somewhat less pungent than I would have expected,still coffee, rasins, plum and chocolate are noted. The mouthfeel is thick and decadent. The flavour is well hopped and hugely malty, caramel, toffee and brown sugar are also present as well as the obvious coffee and chocolate. The flavour can be described as seductive. Well concealed alcohol. This is the reason I hunt beer.
FuntonBunton (61) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 16, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rich and pours deep black like the heart of the most deadly assasin. A great looking redish brown head. This beer is great, smooth and strong. Has a great little kick to it. One of the better imperial stouts that I’ve had. Chocolate scent and taste for sure. It does get better as you keep drinking it as well. I drank this bad boy out of a goblet. It was excellent.