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.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 16, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2009 Rerate again 2004-- This is my second bottle of the 2004 version and my initial taste disappointed me greatly... This time around It was slightly better.... maybe itís a little young and I will have to wait , but it still isnít one of th best. The flavors were more cohesive than my last 2004. I will rerate again in hopes of having the longest rating of all time. Rerate- 2004---What a huge dissapointment. I picked up a case of this brew because it is one of my alltime favorites. The alcohol is different and the beeer is a lot different as well.. Sure itís 1% stronger and I wonder if they use the same recipe ore not because this one doesnít even compare to the brew from before. This brew poured the same , looked the same, but the flavor was off.. sure the alcohol was less noticable, but the flavors where completely off. I sorta feel that the 2004 edition should have itís ratings because what came before was heaven. This is not even in the top 100 or top 20 imperial stouts. I am done ranting and raving...sorry.
2002bottle-This is my 100th beer and the best one iíve tried yet. Big on flavor and alcohol, and not overly hopped as many micro brews are. I am still searching San Diego for the last few remaining bottles since this is a seasonal brew.original rating 9/5/9/4/19= 4.6
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JUL 15, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark color but not totally black (like soy sauce or Rogue Shakespeare). Nice ceamy tan head. Toasty coffee/chocolate, licorice aroma. Incredibly toasty but not burnt malty taste, quite sweet, but well balanced with hops. Tastes like pulverized malt balls and the palate is almost chocolate milk-like. Great for dipping Oreos in.
argo0 (11094) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 13, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2006 (2/4/06, bottle, Spring 2003 vintage) Small brown head atop a motor-oil body -- no problem passing a 120-watt test. Aroma is rich, moderately sweet, cocoa, roasty, coffee, some grapefruit, earthy, light prune/raisin, cinnamon. Taste is moderately sweet, cocoa, some roasty, light grapefruit, cinnamon -- seems slightly past prime, though still quite enjoyable. Light alcohol burn in the finish. Silky smooth medium-full body. (9/5/7/5/15)
(8/26/03) Motor oil pour reveals a black black body topped by a small brown head. Aroma is rich, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, light anise. Taste is BIG malty, chococoffee, bitter, light roasty. Finish has nice alcohol warming/burn. Very full, viscous/creamy palate. (9/5/8/5/17)
(7/13/02) Licorice is the strongest of the aromas, though thereís also some coffee and fruitiness. The taste is sweet and strong maltiness; rich and complex. Viscous/oily in texture, with a slight alcohol burn as it goes down the gullet. Quite an impressive work of brewing art. (9/5/8/4/17)
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 13, 2002
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lovely. Deep, deep, dark black color. Very little aroma (this is when cold). The first impression on tasting is the syrupy viscosity, which is a little startling, but easy to get used to. The flavor is rich, deep, full. Itís slightly sweet, mildly alcohol-y, and seriously flavorful. A very good beer.
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUL 13, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good, but the alcohol is way too apparent in the taste. Not my favorite, but still a good brew.
kevinconaway99 (9) - USA - JUL 12, 2002 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Damn. This is a very pleasing beer. Black as night and tastes very thick and rich. Gets better as it warms.
omhper (18350) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black as coal. Complex aroma with loads of licorice, some coffee, and a surprising hint of red berries. Thick adn salty mouthfeel, loads of chewy malts. Huge, but tdoesnít get overpowering or cloying. Finishes malt sweet with good bitterness. Really balanced for such a huge beer. Thanks Gusler!
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 9, 2002
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A wonderful concoction. A taste that lingers longer than Marlon Brandoís career. Alcohol will show you it means business, but could be hidden better. Not my favorite, but I might try it again sometime. Maybe I got a bad bottle or something. Nevertheless, very tasty.
rich42 (128) - USA - JUL 5, 2002
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
they donít get any stouter than this. very strong, nose and flavors of chocolate, licorice and alchohol. bitter - but more in the roasted bitter-sweet sense than supper hoppy. exceptionally rich and deep. fairly thick - but the alchohol thins it just a little. being from Stone I expected this to be a ípallate destroyerí - but all considering itís quite drinkable - assuming you take it slow. Iím 2/3rds way through a 22oz bottle and itís really íkicking iní - will send Guinness fans crying for mommy. wowsers.