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 (530) - 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 (381) - 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.
flieger (2) - USA - OCT 15, 2003 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is a superb imperial stout! Get a bottle out of the 'fridge...let it sit for about 10 minutes...and then ENJOY! I've found that if you let it "breath" it's just a superb drink! I can't rate it high enough!!!
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a great Imperial Stout. Pours and looks like motor iol. Flavors of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruits, and roasty. Finishes smooth and creamy.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 10, 2003
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was very disappointed with this beer. It pours a petroleum-esque black with very small but dense head that completely disappears after a minute or two. The aroma is killer: molasses and chocolate, some coffee and a hint of fruit. The flavor totally lacked balance though, and the finish was damn near unpleasantly sweet. I'll give it another try.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 7, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an opague jet black, with a small but dense dark brown head that mostly diminishes, leaving chunks of lace. Aroma is huge, roasted grain, coffee, burnt caramel, and somewhat vinous. Flavor is grainy, a good bit of fruitiness/dark fruit flavors come through, especially as it gets closer to room temp. Thick, syrup like body, extremely flavorful, truly amazing brew.
BeanDip (117) - Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2005 Completely opaque with an ephemeral brown head. Aroma of roasted grains, malt, and hint of the sweet, sour and alcohol that lays in wait - cane sugar. Sweet, caramel, spicy, thick elixir. Roasted nuts. Leaves in its wake roasty, sour, mocha-like flavors and ends with solid, smooth hop caress. Velvety texture. This brew leaves the most amazing aftertaste - I can’t put my finger on what it reminds me of right now. Awesome stuff and well worth waiting so long to try!