kramer (5360) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bottle. Pours pitch black with a large chocolate brown head, creamy at the surface and large bubbles at base. Aroma of chocolate, burnt malt, cocoa, alcohol, coffee, and blacl licorice. Rich espresso and dark chocolate flavor from heavily roasted malt. Nice warming alcohol sensation on the finish. Hops are definately in the background with this one. Rich full bodied beer with an oily texture. Soft carbonation breathes a little live into the mouthfeel as well. This beer has everything you want in an imperial stout if you favor the malty ones over highly hopped versions. Big bold flavor without any harsh alcohol save for the pleasant warming finish. I love this stuff.
jaybreezy (5) - USA - NOV 2, 2005 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong alcohol and semi-sweet baking chocolate in the nose, roasted anise; eclipse/UV blocking appearance, small and dissipating head, milky-chocolate color; smooth start followed by formidable and roasted alcohol finish; rich texture, creamy on the tongue, viscous.
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 (823) - 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 (1221) - 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!