FROTHINGSLOSH (6643) - 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 (5863) - 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.....
patrick767 (4001) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 5, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle, early summer 2005 edition - Pours thick and deep, deep black, as is typical for the style. The aroma is all about roasted chocolate malts. The mouthfeel is wonderfully thick and full, coating your mouth with well balanced malts with notes of coffee, chocolate, and licorice. The finish reveals a bit more hoppiness and lingers pleasantly. This is a very fine beer.
9er (88) - Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
OMG!! This is another dayum good Russian Imperial Stout. This is the most well balanced stout Iíve tasted. THe palate is even from sip to swallow and the aftertaste mellows pretty on the tounge. It is slightly sweet and reminds me of rasins and maple. The texture is mild and not heavily carbonated.
timmy300 (203) - bloomington, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2005 bottle without the "russian" on it.......you really have to chew through this amazing brew....starts out sweat almost milk chocolate, and fades into bitterness in the looooooong finish......after the first sip of this beer i almost didnít want to finish it because then it would be gone......
MarkBarnes (407) - Waterville, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Feb. 23, 2006
No offense to the Russians, but what weíre looking at here is labeled as Stone Imperial Stout in a 22 oz. "bomber." ABV is listed on the bottle as a whopping 10.8%! The bottle bears the legend Limited Early Summer 2005 Release. No sign of this particular brand on the Stone roster, so I assume this is where it should be rated? Well, now that weíve cleared that up . . .
"Motor oil" indeed. Try as I might, I couldnít get any incandescent light to shine through my full glass! A remarkably heady aroma of chocolate, coffee and ripe dark fruit pulls no punches as to what awaits the taste buds. Extremely powerful without being too overwhelming, there is also -- not unexpectedly -- a strong alcohol presence. This stout is a monster -- as full-bodied as anything Iíve tried -- and definitely not for the faint of heart.
In summary, this is a first-rate concoction from a first-rate brewery. However, the elephantine nature of this beast makes it best held to only one or two encounters per year.