thedm (4849) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 31, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stone Russian Imperial Stout
Ratebeer Rating Number 1000 had to be a top 50 brew. This brew was in the frige and the highest on the top 50 list therefore.....This bottled brew, marked "limited late spring 2003 Bogartski while you can", poured a small head of fine to medium sized dark brown colored mostly diminishing bubbles that left behind a gorgeous opaque black colored body with no visible carbonation and a good lace. The aroma can be smelled as soon as the cap comes off. Its a wonderful aroma of malt, coffee, mollasses and toasted caramel notes. The mouthfeel is initially smooth then hits with a big Imperial malt hop finish and a slight coffee burn. The flavor lingers well into the after taste to let you know "The Russians are coming!". The flavor is a complex mixture of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted caramel, toffee, mollasses, malt and hops. After draining my first mug from the bottle I noted an oil on the side of my mug from this brew. Another rare brew that can give you the beer shivers! Definately a big beer deserving of a top 50 postion.
radiomgb (2143) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black in colour with a coffee coloured head. Aroma of intense malt, coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, huge roast. Flavour is very malty, rich, coffee, quite sweet, very full bodied and very roasty. Finishes with a long intense roasty bitterness. Thanks redlem for sending this my way.
Nuffield (3536) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
100% opaque through the middle, and at the edges there was an oddly hypnotizing yellowness. I couldn't find alcohol in the aroma, only roasted, rich, chocolate strains. Silky smooth with a burnt bitterness lasting long in the finish; again, so little alcohol noticeable. A bit sticky yet not; very drinkable as it doesn't seem as heavy as some in the style. My beer of the evening at my friends' annual Christmas beer tasting, 2003.
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 offering. "Bogartski while you can!"
Pours pitch black! I had to pour quite vigorously to get a decent head on it, but when it got there is was fine and brown. The head did last a while, though.
Smells of wonderful coffee. Very malty, as a stout should be.
I gotta be honest about the taste, though. It's good, but not *that* good. For a top-ranked beer, let alone an Imperial Stout, I was expecting something a little...more? Very stong coffee flavor is the first sensation. There's some caramel there as well. The hops also make an appearance, but they definately hide in the background.
Mouthfeel is *really* thick and full. It's not quite syrupy, but almost.
Drinkability is good. The high alcohol content is well hidden. I was expecting something more over the top both in intensity and alcohol taste.
I gotta admit I'm a bit disappointed. This beer gets a lot of hype and I don't think it lives up to it. I *like* this beer, I just don't think it lives up to the hype. I grabbed an extra to age, I'll revisit soon.
EdPaulsen (117) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 23, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
fantastic imperial, very balanced. comes in such a big bottle, best to share it. very full bodied and satisfying. plus, it just feels cool to order one of those cool big bottles with the gargoyles doesn't it?
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2005 Not my favorite style, imperial stout. This is my favorite though, of this style. Great body, and beautiful oily black appearance. I appreciated the dirt brown head (what little there was...) Very warm alcoholic digestion to this one... like the description says, this one is much better warm. At cold temps it tastes like steel. Almost like a dark barley wine with itís heavy malty flavors of molasses and caramel, along with those roasted malts. Great full body. Good stout.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - DEC 21, 2003
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2002 bottle. Opaque with almost no head. Coffee, chocolate, and malty nose with a slight hint of hops and, dare I say, some fig-like notes as well; sweeter tones also. The coffee/roasted malt flavor predominates with a balanced finish. Surprisingly smooth on the palate and the flavor lingers well. However, the aroma was the best part of this beer. I wish that fig/fruit-like hint in the nose was more predominant. It definitely gets better as it warms. It also has enough alcohol to make my throat and stomach tingle a bit. A world class stout.
jeffin7 (610) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2004 Pour black with only small thin islands of tan head. Aroma of chocolate chip cookies and alcohol mixed with sweet syrup. Flavor initially is hard to place as it does not establish itself with many predominate flavors. By my best estimate it is a mixture of chocolate, cola, a very slight soy sauce, a very slight coffee. The flavor fades into a nice chocolate chip cookie aftertaste. It is medium to full bodied, slightly to the medium end of the spectrum, which makes it very drinkable yet still substantial on your tongue.
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is great stuff. Smooth & well balanced with a sweetness throughout. Pours like motor oil with almost no head. Slightly smokey and some hoppiness hints.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2005 Pours black (gimme a stout that doesnít) with chocolate, yeast and fruity aromas. Gonna let this baby mellow for a year or so.