Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - SEP 13, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oily black pour with a delicious looking layer of dark tan head that leaves a nice fine skim of lace. Wonderfully integrated aroma; a fine textured roastiness, like a freshly pulled shot of espresso. Toffee and rum seemlessly blend with the roast. A surprising amount of buttery character, but it feels intentional, like a nod to the stouts of Samuel Smith. Smooth and firm, but surprisingly gentle dark chocolate flavors, with a little coffee, a bit of dark pit fruit. Big and mouthfilling, but not harsh. All in all rather understated for such a big beer. Not to say it isnít full flavored--it just seems to do an unsually good job of balancing all the flavor contributions. This was an í05 bottle, but it tastes like it has already been well-aged. (Bitterness receeding, finish getting a bit more dry, flavor components blending artfully.) Wonderful!
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Ohiodad. Pours a nice thick black color with a foamy brown head. Nose is very roasty, chocolatey and quite a bit of hopps. Taste is chocolate and coffee, big hopps in the finish. Palate is very smooth, then tingly and bitter. Excellent brew
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 11, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a thick black. Strong sugary aroma. Flavor is intense and complex. The alcohol came through stronger than other imperials Iíve had, a little more than I would like, but still another great beer from Stone.
can8ianben (1387) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 bottle, very nice. Loads of think dark burnt malt present in the nose. Also smells sweet, toffy, molasses, all good. The thickest darkest pour, with a nice thin brown head. Flavour is very heavy. Lots going on. Nice and smooth on the palete, good and bitter. Very well done.
Ray1975 (251) - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 4, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
thanks to Dorwart for this one.. Poured thick and black with a small tan head. Aromas of Coffee, roasted malts, some raisins, and a bit of chocolate.. Flavor followed suit with a heavy coffee presence and some chocolate with an alcohol bite. Thick Mouthfeel with medium carbonation.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - SEP 2, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2007 Ok. I believe that this is a well made quality imperial stout, but itís not my thing. I donít like it at all. Very black pour, moderate head, decent lacing and retention. Aroma is loaded with dried fruits and dark malts. Chocolate and darker fruits are huge as well, lesser coffee and enough hops to be detectable if anything. Some alcohol as well, sweet alcoholic finish. Extremely full bodied, complex and balanced. Itís overly sweet and bludgeons the palate. It doesnít have the softness that some of the other big imperials have. The alcohol is readily detectable.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Roasted/burnt fruit and barley. Deep blackw ith a smallish mocha head. It tastes a little like I imagine burnt chalk would and coats your tongue the way chalk does a blackboard. Port flavor toward the end along with chocolate liquer and espresso grounds. Itís very strong, but avoids being out of balance something Stone doesnít always do so well.
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2005
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Barely put the nose in this one and you can smell the roasted fire wood and coffee. Also some sweet malty notes and some alcohol. Black oil body with average dark chocolate head. Head settled on top of beer and I expected more lacing than what was left on glass. Flavor was blended great. Rich enough and smooth almost like a milkshake going down the hatch. Roasted malts and the alcohol were almost just to good to decribe here. Roasty palate that lasts long on the palate and not makeing you want a different beer to wash it clean. This is the best beer Iíve had so far and donít know what else to say.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aaak! This beer sure looks good, but it sure aint of me. Stone RIS pours an oily thick pitch black witha huge brown head. As the head disapates, it leave so great lacing. In the nose there is some dark chocolate and alcohol. The bottle mentions anise. That must be the scent that is turning me off. Same with the flavor. After a while of drinking, Iím starting to come around, but I shouldnít have to come around on a top 10 beer. I think its somewhat astringant. Hard to drink. I surley donít think this is one of Stoneís best.
TomDecapolis (4609) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 25, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a thick black with a large brown head initially. The head went away fairly quickly, but some stuck around. Aroma of chocolate, cherries, roasted malt, alcohol and coffee. Flavor of the same. I can feel the hops at the end, leading to a slightly bitter bite. Chocolate kicks in just before the hops. I can tell this is going to get much nicer with age. At this point Storm King and Dark Lord have it beat. But I will see how it ages and re-rate. I picked up a case.