Reid (1973) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUL 7, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Early Summer 2005 release.
A very,very black beer in the glass..e veritable black-hole of an ale, small purple/tan head goes fast leaving minimal lace.
fantastically robust aroma of many things among them aniseed, liquorice,dark roasted coffee beans, dark fruits, prunes and a kick of alcohol.Tremendous.
Tset starts of smooth then tumbles into an enjoyable roughness were the malts dominate and dark coffee is the taste,some very noticable alcoholic flavours in the end, lingering liquorice bitter sweet tastes.
Very nice in the mouth, smooth then rough but never unpleasant, soft carbonation.
Wow a veritable monster but worth drinking, though Im thinking maybe a 16 oz bottle would have been better for me..ah next time I will drink with a friend!
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma had smokey, slight roast, and dark fruit notes w/ slight citrus and alcohol esters. The flavor was slightly sweet w/ dark fruit, smokey, and a hint of coffee, and chocolate. The beer poured an opaque color w/ slight lasting brown head and lacing. The mouthfeel was full bodied, well rounded, creamy and dry on the finish. This was the 2004.
BT (123) - Westchester, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured a rich, thick, brown-black, with a creamy head that disipated quickly. Roasted malts aroma. Plenty of cocoa and coffee, nicely balanced. A bit dry in the mouth, and in the final swallow more alcohol than I was expecting. overall delicious!
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 6, 2005
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bomber 2005 version - Pours black and thick with a nice 1/4 inch brown head that looks creamy and sticks to the side of the glass. There is absolutely no sign of light getting through this one even when you hold it up to a bulb. Aroma is of coffee, chocolate, plums, and a touch of molasses. Flavor is quite complex as well. Bitter roasted coffee, chocolate, a touch of smoke, and even a bit of vanilla can be found as this one is sipped. On the palate this is beautifully smooth and creamy. Thick and chewy in the mouth. It coats the inside of your mouth with itís black creamy body. Alcohol is just present enough to let you know that this one needs to be sipped and not gulped. But it is so hard to drink something this smooth slow! Stone never disappoints. This one is delicious.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 6, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 Had to re-rate this after having the AleSmith Speedway stout. While this is a very good Russian Imperial, It can not hold a candle to the Speedway. This is fruitier and sweeter, with a strong alcoholic bite. I will not turn this down if put in front of me, but Iíll wish it was an AleSmith.
Sregnar35 (987) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2005 22oz bomber in saratoga park, waiting for the DMB show. This stuff is no joke, my favorite dark beer. Extremely thick and smooth, with thousands of layers going on all at once.
mds (2240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle. 2004. deep black body with a small mocha coloured head. powerful aroma of raisins, anise, and roast malt completely satiate your senses. Huge body with quite a bit of alcohol in the forefront...bitter chocolate and roasted malt. smooth body with a fairly sharp bitter finish. low carbonation. This is a very powerful Imperial Stout and Iím glad I had the chance to try it.
hopdog (9270) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 1, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
04 bottle shared with egajdzis (thanks for bringing this one over!). Poured a dark balck with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas and tastes of dark fruits, chocolates, roasted malts, tobacco, and light vanilla. Light alcohol in the tates as well. Medium sweet with a bitter coffee finish. Oily body.
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2005
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2005 Let me put this in perspective. I had this a while ago, but then I had it again the other night next to Speedway Stout and Dark Lord. All I have to say is that at ~$5 a bomber, this is a damn good Impy next to the likes of the greats.
Bomber of í04. Pours obsidian black, no light can get through. Head is dark brown and lasts and leaves considerable lacing. Aroma is very Stone-ish. Big on rich and fragrant base malt and caramel sweetness....all to complement that massive roasted malt and chocolate presence with coffee in the background. No hops nor alcohol in the nose. Flavor is rich and chocolately with caramel sweetness and lingering hop bitterness to complement. Some fruity esters and espresso are in the taste as well. Body is thick and rich and smooth as could be with just enough carbonation. Great beer. Just behind Dark Lord and a bit ahead of Speedway.
Ughsmash (7206) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Summer 2004 Bomber. Poured just as a beer should... jet black with a healthy caramel head. The room got a little darker when I poured this beast, so I think it may have been absorbing a little extra light. Coffee, hazelnut, chocolate, roasted malts, and anise were noticable in the aroma. It really blossomed as it warmed up. Coffee and chocolate roastiness first hit the palate. That was complemented by a nice subtle hoppy bite (powerfully weak by Stone standards, but perfectly balanced for this style). Coated the mouth very well, and was smooth as silk. Roasted coffee and a little hoppy bitterness provided a wonderful long finish.