ElGaucho (2307) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
RBMNG 10-03-04. By the time I sampled this at the recent Ratebeer Minnesota gathering, I pretty much had had my fill. So, shucks, Iíll probably have to re-rate it down the road. Beautiful rich, bourbon aroma with high alcohol presence. Very little to no head. Engine oil consistency. Wonderful flavor. Nutty. Thick. Syrupy. Beautiful.
zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2005 Rating #199. Bottle, Summer 2004 release. Black, with a tan head. Aromas of chocolate. coffee, roasted malt, and dark fruit. Taste is more of the chocolate and coffee, with some bitterness as well. Very good, as good as Speedway, maybe better.
Gachupines (1091) - USA - NOV 5, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extremely black appearance with deep brown head which didnít linger long in my glass. Taste is rich with a mingling of coffee and chocolate. Pretty oily in the mouth, the residue sticks on the tongue providing a pretty lingering mouthfeel. Rather enjoyable to sip on for awhile.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Based on the reviews on this Web site, I have to admit I was expecting a lot more from this beer. Dark black color with little to no head. The nose is an immediate hit of sweetness. With notes of chocolate, roasted coffee, and alcohol. Oily and thin. With a strong chocolate prescence and underlying flavors of roasted coffee and alcohol. Good stuff but just didnít live up to expectations.
badgerben (4631) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black color with a little head. Oak aroma. Bitter chocolate taste with a bit of random berries. Some coffee, but not enough to spoil the other tastes. Alcoholic and slightly woody as well. Medium bodied and well balanced. Damn!
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Christ,this thing was absolutely black.This is another great beer from Stone,shit,you just canít understand how brewers can perform such magic.The aromas coming from my glass were amazing.Deep rich notes of chocolate,expresso and berries.Take a sip swirl it like wine in your mouth and try to not be amazed.
obxdude10 (2125) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Exceptional impy stout, black color, minimal dark brown head, very little lacing, dark roasted aroma with hints of coffee & dark chocolate, full-bodied but yet very drinkable & smooth, very enjoyable to sit down & take your time to sip on, only got better when it warmed, flavors included alcohol, coffee, dark chocolate & roasted coffee, very strong finish with more alcohol & dark roasted flavors, long-lasting & warm aftertaste, one of the best impy stouts
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black w/ rocky dark brown foam. Robust, roasty aroma of anise, dark chocolate, burnt coffee, dark fruit & cherries. Thick, oily body. Complex, roasty aroma of , dark chocolate, burnt coffee, dark fruit, cherries & hops. Nice warm, long finish.
Scott S. (8) - North Royalton, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2004 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This Black beer with a brown head set the tone for this Awesome beer..Donít drink it cold,,slightly warm and the taste really comes to life..the great mix of roasted malts and dark chocolate, and hops make this beer worth driving out of your way for...
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2003 bomber. I bought this during my trip to Palo Alto back in May, but just havenít found the right moment to drink it. Finally, I just said what the hell. Pitch black, when I was pouring it into my snifter I could see the thickness as it left the bottle. Aroma is of alcohol, coffee, and roasted malt. Flavor is very sweet with heavy alcohol notes, with the perfect heavy finish that contains the mild hop I so crave from a stout. I swore I would never rate a beer a perfect 5.0.... well, I lied.