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 couldn’t 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.
You’d 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 I’ve ever had. Would love to try it on tap.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Bottleworks. Black with big frothy brown head. Roasted malt aroma with some coffee and lots of alcohol coming through. Alcohol is a bit overwhelming in the aroma. Taste of licorice, chocolate, coffee and alcohol is big, but not overwhelming. Nice and thick...nothing watery here. Awesome.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Enjoying the spring 2005 brew,heavy and complex malt licorice,chocolate cake and chocolate liquer,extremely dark opaque body, nice tan head, taste was also heavy malt,chocolate, a touch of dark fruit,a solid alcohol rush,and a big hop bitterness at the end. With all this flavor going on,thought the body was medium at best,which gave this entire mix of flavors just a touch of thinness. For me,second only to Dark Lord
505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - MAY 24, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Delicious. Dark dark brown pour, little head. Great aroma, raisins, caramel, very malty. Sweet, raisin, prune, caramel, licorice, some hops, with a mild bitter and alcoholic finish. Very creamy, and overall, an excellent beer. Smooth and complex, easily drinkable, and definitely worth buying again.
azmtnbiker (20) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 23, 2006
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2006 release. Roasty coffee aroma with a dark tan head and dark as night. Tried this one a little too cold. Coffee,chocalate with a hint of some fruitiness with an alcohol warmth. The alcohol is more noticable when tasted at fridge temps. The alcohol warmth stayed throughout the beer and was a little too grainy for my taste buds.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 21, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
From a 22 oz. brown bomber bottle, 2006 spring release, with a blurb on the back, sampled at cellar temperature. Acquired in a trade with fellow BA germaniac, once again, many, many thanks!!
Made a good appearance, poured a syrupy dark chocolate brown with a foamy tan head that settled into a thin lacing, moderate carbonation.
Had a charcoal, roasted dark coffee and grains nose with a sweet roasted fruitiness and alcohol in the background.
A crisp, syrupy smooth full bodied mouth feel, very good drinkability.
Big roasted malty taste, chocolate, fruity and caramelized, roasted grainy, a subtle alcohol warmth, the ABV level is well masked, the alcohol warmth starts in the middle and then lasts through out, a little biting spiciness and a sweet roasty and fruity finish.
I personally thought this year’s version of Stone’s RIS was better than the Three Floyds Dark Lord I sampled with a friend last night, an excellent RIS, well worth seeking out and a must try if you like Russian Imperial Stouts.
DuffLover (121) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2006
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
From a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass. Aroma is malt, caramel, and coffee. Pours very thick and dark - almost black with a thin dark brown head that dissipates quickly. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. What really sets this brew apart is the palate - thick and silky smooth with moderate carbination. Fantastic! My favorite beer!!