Indra (2527) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 11, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance certainly belies this beerís character. Opaque ebony, with a light tan, rather thin head composed of very fine bubbles. Roasty, cocoa-malt in the aroma along with some surprisingly strong yeast and a bit of alcohol. Malt profile manages to usher in quite a few characteristics; some molasses, an estery fruitiness, highly roasted coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, and some pleasing spiciness as well. Flavor possesses far more subtlety than I had imagined. Hops are here towards the finish, but donít contribute enough bitterness to distract from the expertly blended malt flavors. Hops do lend a nice spicy note, however. Sweetness becomes more evident in the aftertaste, and as the beer warms. Served at 55-60 F, as suggested by the bottle itself. Body and palate are on the viscous side, but are not overpoweringly heavy by any means. Cool silver metallic paint used for the silkscreened bottle, too! Thanks go to Gusler for giving me the chance to try this stuff, and thank you Greg for making it! Splendidly done!
CE619 (81) - san diego, California, USA - AUG 9, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
amazing!!! 3rd try at this beer and stone has finally hit it right on the head. the finest imperial stout i have encountered. pours thick, oily and inky black, with minimal carbonation. although there are flavors of dark chocolate, espresso and maybe a bit of port and dark fruit mixed in, the dominant flavor is of black licorice, which dominates not only the nose, but the palate as well. rich, chewy and warming, this beer envelopes the drinker, never letting up, even as the flavors linger away, leaving the drinker relaxed and content
kozzak1 (70) - Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2002
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
It is a stout but not in the league of irish stouts. the taste is medicore at best...the best thing that can be said for it is that is better than non-stouts but not in the league of irish, British, or US stouts!
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - AUG 3, 2002
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cut yourself a slice of cheesecake, pour a fresh cup of espresso (add sugar, even cream if you wish), then throw in a few slices of crisp green apple. No I havenít been smoking a bong, I just finished a bottle of Stone Imperial.
Down to the review ...
Dark body, thick brown foam. Fruity grapey aroma at first, some roasted malt but keeps a sweet fruitiness.
Creamy almost buttery feel, a little burnt and charred around the edges. Roasted chocolaty towards the end. Some hoppiness towards the end but never really bitters or spoils the essential purpose of this style. Greg told me it may compare to Victoryís Storm King, but the hop in that one was a little too adventurous for a nightcap. This one is much better, incredibly complex but remaining sweet, comforting and halucigenic while making me question my own spelling. A fruitiness that has no purpose in this style.
hopdevil399 (2) - USA - AUG 1, 2002 does not count
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Very dark, with a head that quickly disappears. Dark malts, chocolate and coffee flavors dominate to the extent they ultimately decrease the drinkability and enjoyment.
AxeMaster221 (343) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 25, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow!!! Thatís it, just Wow!!!
tbissell99 (6) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 24, 2002 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 23, 2002
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2002 Version: Very dark brown in color - motor oild like. Pours with medium sized, tightly carbonated, dark brown head. Medium sized nose dominated by strong roasted notes - roasted nuts, roasted coffee and slight dark chocolate. Big, chewy and oily palate - marvelous! Big and bold flavors - winey malt, dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Long finish - bittersweet chocolate.
Marvelous brew - with Stoneís reputation, I thought it would be over-hopped - but it is not - just a prefect balance. Ranks right up there with the best ISís I have tasted.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - JUL 18, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rerate 7/17/02. The thin head I spoke of from the first rating was definately not the case on the second bottle. Big thick chocolate chip cookie head that just had my mouth watering.2002 sampling. This beer lives up to the hype. One drawback for me is the thin head which I dont remember the 2001 having.
gargoyle32 (8) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 16, 2002 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is one of my all-time favorites from the crew at Stone. Perfect blend of roasty coffee and choclate flavor. Dark black in color and a thick syrupy body. Alcohol taste blends in perfectly with the great taste and is not overpowering, as it can be in other Imperial Stouts.