hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap. might as well be the king of imperial stouts. murky heavy syrupy. very complex. chocolatey
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber, presumabley 2005 version.
Courtesy of acertain via trade. Pours a rich dark black with minimal head and no lacing to speak of. Rather lovely aroma of chocolate, licorice, coffee and dried cherries. Flavor is pretty standard imperial stout fare, its primary characteristic being deeply roasted grain with strong, acrid carbon overtones. For the life of me, I donít know why so many beer aficiandos find this to be a pleasing feature of many imperial stouts, but I most certainly do not. Not all is lost though as the flavor also features nice bits of toffee, hints of dried cherries & raisins, and a gently warming alcohol presence. Chalky palate accompanies a dry-carbon aftertaste. Nice beer, though plenty overrated.
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great imperial. I really enjoyed it. Up there with the best of the style. Very hearty. Dark as the soul of my friend Jine.
Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAR 24, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2.22.06 On tap at Andyís for Stone Promo Night. Like the crude spilling from a floundering tanker in the Alaskan gulf. Besotting.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5969) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2013 I have had this one sitting around for quite some time - I believe that this is the 2004 batch. Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured thick, black and oily with a huge dark brown head that lingered. The aroma is very strong sweet chocolate with moderate roasty malts. The flavor is strong roasty malts with a tangy middle and a moderately sweet chocolate on the finish. There is a strong floral hop presence throughout. Roasty chocolate lingers on the finish. The beer gets much more bitter and a bit of an alcohol burn comes out as the beer warms. Exceptional.
Boutip (5465) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle(room temp Ė July 2005 release): Poured a pitch-black color stout with a bid foamy dark brown head with pretty good retention. Aroma of roasted malt with some coffee. Roasted caramel malt are easy to distinguish with some very easily distinguishable coffee. I was expecting a bit more complexity (liquorice, chocolate, plumsÖ) or even more hops. Body was quite full and alcohol was well hidden. Overall, this is a very good imperial stout but I was expecting a bit more complexity and I still have to say that I would drink Expedition over this any day.
TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep blackish brown with faint reddish tan head. Nose is roasted dark malts and bitter dark chocolate. Flavor is thinner than expected, with thick chocolate notes and sweet malts with a crisp hop bitterness.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2006
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer has a an aroma consisting of molasses, malt, coffee, anise, caramel, and a mild hint of smoke. It is a black solution with a thick caramel colored head. This thick smooth beer is rich and creamy. The taste is an infusion of coffee, molasses, and dark caramel. The dark caramel taste lingers well after swallowing.
ghstride83 (4) - Hemet, California, USA - MAR 5, 2006 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Is one of the darkest beers I have ever had. Full of dark robust flavor. Dark in color as well as taste. Canít necessarily describe itís taste. After taste is kinda harsh but thatís the way I like it.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
After 43 rounds, I throw in the towel. Iím poured what seems to be an all too big helping of Stone Imperial Stout. I know I wanted the dark, heavy stouts at the beginning of the night. But, man, that was the beginning of the night. What I want now is a sack full of sliders. I sip at this one. On top of everything else itís black licorice sweet and my stomach is letting me know its displeasure. But itís so good. Still, I obey the warnings of my body (for once) and just put the glass down truly satisfied. Now if I can just get my ride home to stop for some Krystals.....