FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 2, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one pours out black as can be with a nice head that that hangs around for a while. It is smooth in the mouth and has flavor to match. Keep up the good work Stone.
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
03' bottle: Black liquid with a dark brown head. Head dissapates and leaves a full ring. Roasty,hoppy,malty and slight alcohol in the aroma. Soft mouthfeel,velvety texture.Big body without being syrupy. Black malt,roasty,coffee,caramel,and charcoal notes in the flavor. Finish is smooth and oozes down the throat. Malty,dark chocolate,roasty,finish. Hops in the finish balance it out nicely. Lingering malted milk balls and alcohol. This is a butt-kicker!
Cobra (1100) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - AUG 25, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. brown bomber bottle. No freshness date seen. Wicked strong. Poured out so black, it dimmed the lights in the room.
Thick, brown head collapsed into a foamy blanket on top of the beer. Had it in my favorite Guinness Nonic glass. Aromas of expresso, burnt malt, and charcoal. Ashy white charcoal. Not much in the way of hops aromas either. Just burnt. Slight solvent aroma indicates the high alcohol levels in this monster. Tasted good, however. Very strong malt backbone carries this beer thru what can only be described as a journey. A journey into darkness.
Dry finish, with warming alcohol prevalent throughout. Another kick ass combination from Stone.
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours out an oily black color with a brown head. Some carbonation clinging to the side of the glass. Smell of roasted malts with some alcohol. Berry flavor mostly covering up the alcohol to a point. The roastiness comes through in the finish. Definately oily thick on the palate. I'd say the berry taste transcends what I expect from a stout. Not as good as Victory Storm king, which masks the alcohol better in my opinion. I have let the beer warm a bit as the description reccomends, but it hasn't changed a bit. This beer is on my rerate list.
chronictonic (463) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 17, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black as tar for the bottle. You can smell the roasted, chocolate and dark fruity smell (currants?) from nearly arms length. Initial flavor is huge - tons of malt body, great roastedness, nice level of hops. Finishes dry leaving you wanting more. Similar to Victory Storm King, but lacking the real hop kick of the Victory.
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - AUG 16, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Big, black, and menacing. I haven't decided if Imperial Stout fits my palette yet, but this beer is worth developing a taste for. Chicory, coffee, smokey, roasted, hoppy aroma. So...the sip. intense. Some imperial stouts start malty and end hoppy. Some start hoppy and end malty. This one was a rich symphony of flavors, finishing to a slightly dry bitterness. My goodness! My Guinness? Makes Guinness taste like a standard pilsner. Oops, where'd the head go? Maybe like light in a black hole, the head was sucked in on itself. The beer now is oily, and when I roll it around in the glass, like 'Kilroy Was Here', it leaves its oily signature all over. Last sip. I am starting to feel the ABV now--warm, bitter, brown sugar, black current-like buzz. Well, I have finished the bottle now. I am left with a warm, bitter longing (like my first wife only with more flavor). Inviting and complex beer. Delicious.
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 10, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yep, sure did pour like Siberian Crude (or at least Vicks 44). What head there was during the pour exited stage right leaving an oily ring around the top of this brew, a sign of a heavy-bodied brew. The aroma is surprisingly restrained. Hints of roasted malt, anise, brown sugar, Vienna roast coffee, date and a light hop twang. Vinous. The mouthfeel is pure delight. It's oily heavy, chewy and syrupy, yet not very sticky. The alcohol cleans the palate nicely. Big malt sweetness is fully countered by spicy hops, a work of art to balance this monster. Taste also hinted of twangy smoke and Turkish coffee dryness. Worthy of it's place among the pantheon of world class Imperial Stouts. Thanks for the trade Acrodizer.
Nate (3470) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slight metallic tinge but muted by big chocolate and coffee bitterness and burnt malts. Brown sugar and vanilla. Light hops tang, musky and strong. Huge foamy cocoa brown lacing, lasting head. Dark black clear. Thick oily body, heavy. Light smooth carb after pour. Huge taste. Sweet and bitter up front. Like burnt coffee with chocolate milk. Smoky. Alcohol. Vanilla. Finish is big sweet bitter burnt with nutty chocolate bitter burnt after. Awesome imperial stout - just shy of the complexity and bigness of DFHWWS (18%). Damn good.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Platonic form of Imperial Stout. I was surprised to find that the hops were restrained, expecting a hop blast from Stone. You can imagine the flavors--they are what you would expect, and in gigantic amounts. This is a classic.
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - AUG 7, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The bottle is great and I love the slogan on the back. Deep dark color. Excellent malty aroma. This beer is intense. Robust malty flavor, excellent aroma and finish. If I could only have two cases of beer it might be Stone Imperial Stout and Three Floyds Dreadnaught.