Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark, dark brown, almost black with a small brown head. Mild aroma of chocolate and ripe fruit. Complex flavor of chocolate, fruit, acid, roasted malt, and the signature Stone hops (this, in particular, I found very unique in this stout). The absolute fullest mouth-feel. This is a slow sipping beer - it took me an hour to finish the bottle. This is a very rich, complex beer
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - AUG 24, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Somewhere the kind folks at Stone found some kegs of this seasonal from 2001 and lucky me got my Growler filled.
Pouring with visable viscosity, this stout starts off with a thick loose burnt sieanna head and bitter sweet coaco/ current in the nose. First sips reveal a lush chocolaty feel as fresh grain filters in. As it warms current and blackberry starts to enter the picture providing a nice foil to the roasted malt charactor. Cant wait till the 2002 is of age.
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 20, 2002
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2001 vintage: Excels and then some. Wonderful brandyish flavor, easy and fun to drink...there are few better beers on the planet.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The appearance is perfect: opaque black color, big brown head. The first problem is the aroma. Alcohol is most prevalent followed by a somewhat candyish, slightly organic (grassy) nose. The body is awfully tame for a beer that managed to achieve top ten status. Some roast, creamy and somewhat rich. Lacks the complexity (fruit etc.) of an imperial stout like Old Rasputin or even Wellington. I know that Iím not going to be the most favorite rater in this forum, or any Canadian for that matter), Iím not saying this beer is bad, but there are better.
Radek Kliber (6297) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 19, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pitch black look. I was not satisfied with the aroma for such highly regarded beer. Creamy imperial stout. Where is the intensivity, complexity? At best good and for sure does not deserve all that hype. Overrated.
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 18, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another great beer iím gald to have tried from these guys. Seemed a little flat (Maybe from the trip here to Buffalo)either way it didnít take away from taste of the complex flavors. Had the roasted taste i expect from a good stout. But also it had a dark fruit almost plum like flavor. very appealing to me. I have to try this one again.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 15, 2002
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2006 2001 22OZ bottle drank on 3/28/02. Burnt vinous nose. Black as night (with a small tan head) and smooth as silk. An incredible amount of roasted coffee, dark fruit and chocolate without being overwhelming. Has great mouthfeel for being so thick. I canít believe that I only bought one bottle. Drank 2003 bottle in 2006: Less carbonation. more subdued than a new bottle, but still damn tasty.
Indra (2560) - 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!