AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is sweet, with a hint of magic. It's got the stout presence, like a black hole with a tan outer ring. It has a sweet, powerful flavor, and the 9.4% is pretty obvious. A great stout with a communist spin.
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 11, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer kicks ass. And when I say that I mean it actually jumps out of the glass and kicks your ass. It has an excellent malt taste with a bit of smoke, and a hint of chocolate. It has a bit of a bite from the alcohol which adds to the overall experience.
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 10, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours like motor oil only thick. So dark it sucks in surrounding light rendering near by objects invisible. Aroma is rich malt, moderatly smokey and coffee like with hints of dark fruit. Taste is malty, somewhat sweet, moderate tones of berrys, light coffee, lightly smoked, chocolaty. Rich silky mouthfeel, moderatly bitter finish. Delicious currant and light liccorice flavors come out as it warms.
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 10, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What little head there was disappeared after about 30 seconds. No lacing on the glass. Looks black until held to a light; then you can see the brown/dark amber around the edges. It doesn't appear to be much of a beer until you smell and taste it. Wonderful malt, chocolate, and subtle coffee aromas. This translates nicely in the flavor as well with a little bite from the alcohol. Excellent beer.
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 7, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
<P>Pours deep, rich black with some reddish-brown highlights when held to a strong light. Dark tan head starts out small, then fades to an incomplete covering with scattered islands of bubbles. Minimal retention and lacing. The aroma is quite rich, with loads of chocolate and roasted malts balanced by a good dose of green hops. Some caramel, nuts, cream, and faint fruit as well. The flavor is rich, but a bit restrained, as it doesn’t seem as BIG as other stand-outs in the style. Heavy caramel flavor. Lots of bitter chocolate and dark roasted malts add a good burnt edge to the hoppy finish, along with a shot of warming alcohol. Smooth and round in mouthfeel, with a body that‘s on the lighter side of heavy. While a bit lacking in intensity and dark fruitiness, this is a tasty Imperial stout. Thank you Mark for the bottle.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 29, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another top notch brew from Stone. Wonderful opaque black color with a small tan head. Aroma is very complex. Smell coffee, chocolate, and a light hop bitterness. Taste is similiar to the aroma but the bitterness is much more pronounced. Coffee and chocolate is most prominent. Alcohol warming on the swallow. Rich and big body with a nice dry finish. Very good beer.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Definately black. Small creamy tan head. Light aromas of chocolate, coffee and rich dark roasted grains, nothing over the top, just rich ans satisfying. Smooth near oily feel from the start. Start with thick caramel coated blackberries, then the tar kicks in. roasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate. Sweetness comes back and coats the tongue almost cloying. Rich and filling. This one does really need to be a bit warmer to fully enjoy and with 22 ounces the last 12 are near perfect. Kudos to CaptainCougar!
WISEGUY572 (1372) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
With no head at all, not even lacing, how can this get more than a four on appearance? Everything else is great. Wonderful, full mouth feel. Complex, sweet coffee, dark malt, chocolate taste. Bitter finish. I loved it. Not quite a Victory Storm King, but a great stout.
flemdawg (521) - Naples, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2003
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
FWE beer#3. One of the best beers of the nite, thanks for this one Matt. Dark black, if that is even possible. No head, but some carbination if you look at the very edge of the glass. Aroma of coffee and malts. The flavor blew me away. Coffee and malts to be sure, but then some fruity hints just before the slightly bitter finish. I want more.
temporrari (379) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2007 Spring 2002 vintage. Pours black with tan head that disappears. Dark fruit, plums I think, and slightly burnt chocolate dominate the aroma. Even though many imperial stouts have those things going on, this has a very unique smell. The flavor pulls things from everywhere starting with very subtle hops to roasted coffee, chocolate, and a complex dark and evil fruitiness that really just tops it off. Alcohol is masked almost entirely. This is Stone’s best beer (at least that I’ve had). Quite unique and delicious. (9/5/9/5/18 = 4.6 - June 2004)
2005 bottle, 9/21/06. Aged well. Chocolatey, smooth and silky, this is my kind of Imperial Stout. 8/4/8/5/17=4.2
2006 bottle. Aroma is lacking. Lots of licorice flavor. Not really how I like my imperials. It’s still fairly good, but this vintage is a shadow of what the 2002 was. Lets give it some time and see what happens.7-4-7-3-15=3.6
Score is an average.