kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick & dark opaque brown, almost black body w/a cocoa brown head. The head falls pretty quickly, probably due to alcohol, but it laces well. Nose is roasty chocolate w/ some caramel and alcohol fruitiness, as well as a little solventy alcohol notes. The fruitiness is there, but it seems to come from alcohol rather than dark fruit. Alcohol and chocolate dominate initial sip, but then it turns to roasty coffee and a hop finish. Reasonably well balanced w/ light bitterness, still no dark fruit. Carmels creeps in after the first few sips. Fuller body but not chewy w/ minimal carbonation and a warming alcohol presence. It seems as though American Micros take the roasty chocolate approach to Imperial Stouts and seem to lack the dark fruit character the their English counterparts have. I'm disappointed in that fact, but not with this beer. Given a couple more years of cellaring, it may develope the dark fruit character I so desire. This is still a fantastic beer in it's own right.
albert007 (415) - Penobsquis, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 22, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black. Little head, no lace. Different from any other beer Ive had. Sits heavy on the tongue, anything thicker you'd have to chew. Very sweet at the same time bitter with strong roasted whiffs and a definite alcohol presence. In hindsight I think I should have cellared this one for a year or three...
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 20, 2003
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spring 2003: Pours pitch black, can't even see through the column of beer being poured. Very little head though and no lacing. Aroma is full of plum and roasted chocolate. hoppy coffee! Flavor is almost cloying with the sweet malt and hoppy background. Well balanced but very assertive. Finishes slightly acidic and sweet but slightly creamy. This is a very big imperial stout but could use some aging before drinking, it was a tad too sweet at the time I drank it.
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown color with a milk chocolate, creamy colored head. Nice lacing. Aroma is mainly alcohol, strong enough to burn your nose. Once you get past the alcohol, notes of roasted malt, cough syrup, slight hops. A vinous taste(obviously) somewhat bitter, raisins, alcohol. Dry sticky finish. Not in my top 50, an over-rated Imperial in my opinion.
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) - Banned City, - 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 (472) - 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.