BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 17, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This beer unfortunately did not sway me from the belief that imperial stouts are much overhyped. This was an above average brew, but not nearly as complex, entertaining, or tasty as the average baltic porter. I find this brew analogous to Alaskan Amber. They are both good beers, with fair, rounded flavors appearing following aeration and warming--beers you would not hesitate to drink again-each good for its own season and occasion, but neither are anywhere near 4pt beers--imo.
Black forest body with a perfect chocolate head--I am certainly prejudiced in favor of dark beers. Deep black malts appear aromatically from the start, running into deeper vinous veins that stretch as the beer warms finishing in a slap of chocolate alcohol. The flavor is more ordinary, with coffee and chocolate on the finish, preceded by weak cloud of black malt. Slighlty more flavorful and alcoholic/vinous with warming, but the palate is never quite satisfied.
ericnixon (737) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 15, 2003
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Late spring 2003 edition - Ya lyublyu!! The aroma was mostly sweetish fruits and a lot less emphasis on the coffeeness. Wicked super mega dark color...so much so that you can't see through it at all. Wonderful full-bodied complex taste. It's wicked gwood! (da, eta pravda!)
microdyke (360) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 14, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured, pure motor oil with a brown head. A roasted malt aroma with some chocolate. The palate is thick and syrupy. The flavor is roasty with some flavor of figs, licorice and hints of chocolate. A nice dryness...but sweet as well. Nice alcohol flavor and quit warming, the kind of beer that I don't want to end.
OldGrowth (2590) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2003
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: O.K. nose dark roast coffee. Dark reddish black color. Light chocolate head that faded. Big dark roast coffee flavor with sweet body. Finishes with burnt bitter taste, in a good way. Delicious. Another top flight product from Stone.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 9, 2003
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark body, with a thin milk chocolate looking head. Very appealing. My nose detected some malty sweetness and coffee. I couldnt smell too much from this beer, which is really my only knock on it. Once it was in my mouth I was delighted with robust flavors of malt, dark fruits, raisins, yeast, brown sugar and a tad bit of soy sauce. The main focus here are the malts, which are sweet, decadent and very complex. Aftertaste wasn't too long and finished with alcohol and a coffee bitterness. I was actually surprised that there weren't more chocolate and coffee flavors, which seem to be typical of this style; however, it was in no way lacking and actually ended up better because there wasn't much to distract from the excellent malt flavor. In many respects, its crafty sweetness, rich malt and alcohol taste reminded me of a Jr. DFH WWS. You never know what you're going to get with an Imperial Stout, and this one for sure, is one of the better ones.
WabashMan (1009) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 6, 2003
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2006 Ahh...one of those eerily beautiful stouts with the pitch black pour and enticing brown head. A lovely beer! A nice aroma as well, with many different notes present, though it doesnít quite live up to the look of the beer. Flavor, however, is where this beer excels. This is simply great! Delicious coffee, roast, and other flavors, without that intensity that sometimes destroys the palate. It doesnít attack you like, for example, an Expedition, but is equally delicious. A very fine effort and a great imperial stout.
Each time I try this outstanding brew, I am impressed anew. Exceptional!
TheBeerGod (5164) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2004 2003 vintage. Pitch black. Rich, thick, burnt smell of coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate, licorice and hops. Taste is welcome expansion on those flavors with the hops and the coffee standing out and possibly the dark chocolate making an appearance on the tongue. Wonderful beer. Another great Stone beer! Recommended!
2004 vintage. Pours pitch black. Not even a bit of light coming through this! Small tan head. Consistency of used motor oil. Very thick! Although still a bit cold, the aroma is rich coffee and alcohol with some hints of licorice, cocoa, and dark fruits. I'm going to let this warm a bit and add to this "rerate". Taste is very rich! More coffee and licorice with alcohol, molasses, dark chocolate, and rum soaked fruit. The roasted character really comes through and is nicely balanced with the alcohol and sweetness. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth. Only a bit of bitterness during the finish. The alcohol, at 10.8%, is really not even noticeable - to me, at any rate. Delicious beer! This will age nicely!
3fourths (7855) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2010 This is a beer for the easily-impressed.
2003 - Black. Dark brown head. Musty, smoky aroma filled with firewood, charcoal and licorice. Extremely thick and rich, sickly syrupy, with a very good alcohol cover. Flavors jumping out throughout the drink include maple, smoke, and espresso.
Too thick, and actually too mellow, feels like triple bock or something similar. Missing the characteristic sharp bite of imperials. Good cover, but these things arenít supposed to be covered so well.
2004 - holy hell this improved... the new batch is a rich smoky demonic motor oil... doesnít have that lactic sweet chemical flavor anymore.
Milky, creamy charred wood scents in this one, though it seems the nose is more soft that previous years, but itís hard to tell when every beer is impacted by set and setting. Flavor is very sweet, with even a plastic cayenne flavor in there, only sugary and very sweet... some maple as well. A little different than what Iíve had from previous years, and Iíve had a lot of the 02-05 bottles.
jgb9348 (4625) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Completely black in colour, with a frothy brown head which seems to last and last. The pour made the beer look like motor oil going into the glass. Smells of chocolate (bittersweet-70+%), coffee and roasted malt. A very thick mouthful leads to a nice soft taste filled with coffee and chocolate. Some berries do linger on the palate which is really an odd kick, thinking this should be purely roasty and toasty flavours. Definately a good beer, and one of the better IS's i've had, from a pretty darn good brewery, no matter how much I saw about their Imperial IPAs (all 400 of them). Alas, one more top 50 under my belt. I've been waiting for this one for quite a while, and had a good friend (JonR888710) pick it up for me. This was from the 22 ounce bottle purchased at Whole Foods market in Vienna, Virginia.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2003 This beer was acquired in a trade with Dberger624, The King of Philadelphia.
**Wow, this Stone Impereial Stout is as black as a Siberian night. The aroma is intoxicating; it's of chocolate, ripe berries, darkly roasted malt, pears, and raisins. This beer has a soft but chewy mouth-feel, yet the flavor is sweet and coffee like. This is honestly the best example of an Imperial Stout that I have ever had, the only problem I found with this beer is that it is packaged in an un-soberingly large 22oz bottle. This beer is incredibly viscous and filling, but it is a brew that truly rocks!!