barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - JUL 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draft) First off, looks fantastic. black with a firm brown head, I was almost reluctant to drink it for fear of messing up the head. Flavor is a nice chocolate, with just a hint of bitterness about halfway through. I was a little surprised, and a little disappointed, that the ABV is so high on this one. I’d love to be able to have more than one.
sickgirl282 (3) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2005 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours an espresso really really dark color, with a light brown head with decent lacing. A creamy, long, not-so-sweet or acidic beer with an easy finish. The warmer it gets, the better the texture (smooth) and carbonation (softer) .
beerbabybeer (39) - langley, Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mmmm...this is a good one. Pours dark, dark brown with a dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Smells like you would expect: roasty, coffee, fruit, a bit of malt, anise, and a bit of hop presence. The flavor is similar. Not too sweet or cloying, very well balanced. The abv is warming, but not overwhelming by any means. The mouthfeel of this beer is creamy with small bubbles, fluffy bubbliness when swished. This beer rules. Some night i’ll have to get a couple big bottles of this stuff and get tanked like a russian. Cheers!
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 13, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2004 bottle, for those who give a damn, courtesy of tpkenned. Decent thick pour and mostly opaque with some translucency around the edges when put to light. Midnight brown in color with a few isolated bubble islands for the head, but overall it’s fairly desolate. One heck of a nose - heavy roasted malts, black cherries burnt to the pit, dark chocolate and Starbucks espresso. Flavor unfolds with a decadent dance of dark chocolate and French roasted coffee. Vinous and melding, with a thick, chew-on-this attitude. Some nuances of flame licked pecans and ABV accents from time to time. Good Lord, good palate, like hot wax slowly seeping in from the snifter. Full-bodied and a big boy. Finish is espresso-laden with an uncanny warming overlay. Smooth, balanced and mellower than I imagined, but damn enjoyable.
shrubber85 (8994) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Smells like an apple-raisin danish. Pours like thin oil - dark black with slightly tan head. Burnt chocolate, licorice, coffee flavors with a moderately astringent hops finish. Nicely drinkable and smooth.
Reid (2078) - 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!
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!
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Update 2005 version:
Just as frigging good as the 2001. Same tasting notes as below, alcohol shows a tad more but who cares. Let this bad boy warm up and your in imperial heaven, this is it for me, my all time favorite, 4 years ago I should have given it a perfect 5, well now its got it. Intense, boozy, full of aroma and flavor, rich and easy to drink for its size. The Imperial that sets the standard IMHO. Fantastic and as I said before, this is better then porno. Bravo Stone.
(Spring 2001 tasting notes)
Oh man. 100% black and opaque. Has some deep but slight ruby edges.Tan head dies quick. The nose..let me stress..as soon as I popped the cap the aroma hit me like a tyson overhand right. Burnt dark fruits(plums,raisons,currants)Burnt caramel, with notes of anise,cocoa and coffee. Best damn Imperial aroma ever. Thick and silky smooth in mouth. Intense flavors hit you hard. Raisons ,plums, sweet malt, roasted coffee ,cocoa ,anise and alcohol. All these flavors and it maintains a mellowness that I never had in an Imperial of this size. Masterful brewing. Flavor sticks forever but thats a good thing, I dont want it going anywhere. This is better then porno ladies and gentleman. Just enough hops to add another page to this magnificient story of a beer. Might be the best Imperial I ever had. Impressed to no end and I will be back.
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003 Bottle. Black color with a brown head. The taste is sweet and roasted with light coffee and chocolate notes. Very balanced alcohol body with a bitter but pleasant palate.
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.