Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - SEP 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big, thick, strong, heavy beer. Massive burnt flavors of coffee, cocoa, and tar. Huge alcohol presence and burn. Black as pitch.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2005 Pours about as black as can be. Completely opaque, with a dark brown head. Sweet anise aroma. Heavy, creamy feel. Nice flavor, coffee, anise and molasses dominate until the bitter finish. The high alcohol is detectable, but not unpleasant. A very good Imperial Stout.
igneous1 (1522) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - AUG 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
100% opaque, black, head is light brown, somewhat lasting. aroma is heavy on alcohol and chocolate, raisins too, roastiness is rather mild. flavor has a lactose quality, dark fruits, chocolatiness and roastiness. this beer is delicious, but way too young. must rate on potential.
1more4dessert (334) - Upstate, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
moderately thick and velvety oily mouthfeet, definately has a bourbon like quality, the alcohol which weighs in at a whopping 10.8% is much better masked than some lesser middle weights. Even though this is quite young still, it is astonishingly smooth.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2005 Holy Crap this is some good stuff. Poured pitch black with a nice head if poured aggressively. Awesome roasted and chocolate aroma that makes you want to smell it for a long time before even sipping. Flavor was very roasty yet backed up with chocolate and other malty flavors. Some sweetness in the background from crystal malts. Big body and a thick mouthfeel. Nice kick at the end. After one bomber I was feeling pretty drunk and Im a big guy.
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 24, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottled. I called up the nearest beer store that had access to Stone to see if they could get this and was gladly informed they had a case coming in...I told him my interest, he said heíld buy another case. Iíll be drinking this until next spring. Anyways...pourse a deep brown color, black, BLACK in the glass with a small brown head with excellently flowing stout bubbles as glass tilts, nice lacing and that tiny head lasts fully. Rich, deep aroma of chocolate, nuts, mild coffee, all roasted, alcohol, smells rich, balanced and dry; clean and creamy. Touch of banana once it gets to room temp! Mouth is creamy, thick, lots of soft, soft, soft creamy carbonation lasting until after you swallow(provided that you let the bottle sit before pouring, pour it cold and the carbonation dies!), pleasantly dry, exceptionally dry for something so thick, heavy and malt laden. Flavor is noticably alcoholic, but pleasantly so, provided that you sip it and especially when you consider the rest of the flavors. Also...so rich, complex...firmly roasty, burned, holding you while it feeds you alcohol, chocolate, coffee, oak. I like more of a hidden alcohol presence, not a prominent one, although the warning is nice...even though I donít listen. Terrifically balanced, even though the finish is decidedly bitter(yet not overly so, quite pleasant), the beer is well balanced when you consider everything thatís in it and how powerful this stuff is. Not a big beer, but a tremendous one. This 22oz is a meal, dessert and a few beers with your meal! Iím making chile, but meh...this stuff may well suffice. Drinking this stuff is like being challenged to a dual...you think to give up, but the aftertaste is so nice, you like so much, you just keep drinking it--despite some of itís less desirable qualities...basically itís too alcoholic and thatís the only undesirable and related to flavor alone. So warming though...Iíll drink this stuff and laugh at the snow outside.
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - AUG 24, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours out so black that no light passes through it. Has a very rich smelling aroma that permeates the room as soon as the bottle is opened. Coffee flavor is very apparant and appreciated. Assaults the taste buds with itís robust flavor. I purchased a bottle to try it out and went back the next day for another. I highly recommend this beer.
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 22, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The stout of all Imperial. Basically, Stone put in anthing they could that would still let them call this an Imperial Stout. However, the impressive part is that all the ingredients blend so wel together that, as overpowering as Stone claims it to be, it turned out to be a very wam, mellow brew. Still up to Stoneís strength but definitely one that is easy to finish (just my take some time).
5000 (6600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2004
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle pours black black BLACK. † Abstolutely NO light gets through this one! † Head settles from a medium frothy light brown to a simple trace. † Lacing is rather attractive. † Aroma is of sweet burnt malts, slightly nutty, chocolate (rather sweet too), seemingly somewhat dry or chalky, along with minor hints of rubbing alcohol. † Flavor is forwardly malty, with a dry semi-sweet chocolate kick and a light soy and hop bite. † Full bodied, almost creamy mouthfeel. † This is rather delicious. † While the aroma had alcohol in it, it is not overberaing. † I am rather amazed as to how easy, and dangerous, this is to drink. † Slightly dry on the finish, with a slight hint of alcohol. † Probably one of the best Imperial Stouts I have ever had! † HIGHLY recommended.
rajendra82 (988) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 20, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
The beer looked very dark brown and fully opaque with a nice foamy cream coffee colored head. The look was closer to a regular stout than the inky black appearance that some other Imperial Stouts assume. The aroma was very roasty and chocolaty, with strong notes of anise and licorice. The taste was most impressive, with an intoxicating combination of fruits, coffee, chocolate, and bitter hops that all attempted to squash my taste buds into submission. The alcohol was quite evident in its peppery warmth at the back of the throat that traveled way down into the stomach. There is no attempt at subtlety here at all. This is a monster of a beer that makes you dare to drink up.