mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hoppy candied fruit aroma.Hoppy chocolate cherry flavor that gets softer as it warms up.Strange salty sour finish.Hides the alcohol well.
Jake Barnes (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I feel almost let-down. Stone on the label is usually a bond, and although this certainly wasnít bad, it wasnít the usual high quality i expect. The aroma was pleasant exuding chocolate and roastiness. The body resembled a dark morass crowned by a rich brown head. The flavor began pleasant with the chocolate and roastiness but then this sour/vinegar flavor cuts in and ruins the flavor development. I canít imagine (judging from reviews and my past experiences with Stone) that this was intentional or the result of carelessness. Still, I feel like something happened with this batch that wasnít supposed to.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2004 Black as George Bush's heart with a good old fashioned flare of communism. This beer is impossible to see light through, smells like sweet/sour molasses and tastes like...like...man, there is so much here: sweet maple, bitter chocolate, a hint of coffee. Wow, I'm really taken aback by the richness of this beer, but it is really fantastic. Lacks a bit in head and lace but more than makes up for it in taste and palate. This sticks to my palate like flies on kaka. Man, it may even be worth the $4.50 I payed for the bottle.
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2002
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. No idea how to describe this beer. Just let me echo everyone else and say its good.
DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2002
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a nice thick imperial. Had coffee notes as wel as some roasted flavors. it was dank
TheTsunami (162) - Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
After reading all the reviews on this beer, I was sadly disappointed when I finally had it. I found it to be rather "thin" feeling in the mouth for a stout. The alcohol was masked fairly well. The flavor was nothing spectacular. I wonít go out of my way to get this again.
DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Viscous beer with extreme firm very dark beige head.
Merengue, coffee, smoke, and pineapple in the aroma.
Bitter flavor with coffee some smoked tones. sourish with powerful bitter finish.
Panzuriel (1257) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2004 A very sweet dark stout. Not terribly roasted. Good flavor. Nice beer. Didn't go well with salty snacks though. Good beer for cold days.
MrRomero (1972) - Nolanville, USA - NOV 11, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge beer. Fluffy brown head, black syrupy look. Had a taste of black walnuts initially then everything else. Coffee, chocolate. Warmed me up so much I turned on the A/C.
Velveeta99 (13) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rather thick, like motor oil. Faint aromas, revealing espresso notes - I canít remember having a beer like this. The carbonation tickles the tongue. As it warmed, and I got more and more buzzed, I thought some fruit notes came out. Massive imperial.