Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thick opaque black and leaves a thick tan head in my glass. Aroma is very rich, sweet and licorice. The taste is loaded with roasted coffee, licorice, currant, smokey and is delicious. Palate is full bodied, very warming and smooth. This is exceptional.
Kevin (2191) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 4, 2004
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
bottle. Oh my dear god, this is a black thick brew. it is like a black hole, no light escapes. fat dark brown head that sticks around and laces menacingly.hot chocolate and a roasted aroma escape from my snifte, very inviting. taste is wonderful, at first it is sweet chocolate and bitter, then it slides to an alcohol bite that leaves a great dry roast chocolate flavor. hops are apparent throughout this. notes od caramel and roast coffee come out later in this one. this is the thickest Imp I have had the pleasure to experience. This is the embodiement of what i love in an Imp, and i loves me some Imps. this is so much better as it warms. there are complexities that emerge that are fantastic. peppery at one point, almost an orange flavor the next. so chewy, so good.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black. Small brown head. Rich aroma of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, lime, ash, alcohol and burnt sugar. Thick flavour of roasted coffee and grains. Hints of speces and alcohol. Bitter, toasty, ashy and a bit alcoholic finish. Very powerfull stuff with a lot of character but not as good as I expected.
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The first aroma out of the bottle is a one of chewable vitamins. Lowering the nose to the glass gets a very complex roast/coffee/grain smell. The color is pitch black with a brown head. The flavor is big and burnt with molasses and alcohol. Bitter. Heavy body. Nice.
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - SEP 29, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2004 Pours a jet black with medium dark brown head. Aroma is choclate, alcohol, and roast. Flavor is dominated by alcohol, coffee and choclate. Very thick and full. A little strong on the alcohol but tons of deep rich flavor. A great beer! Thanks to Indiana Red for this one and many others!
pineypower (3011) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2004 O man. I went into this one with high anticipations, and it didnít let me down. Pours out thick and black, almost the consistancy of watered-down syrup. The head is dark tan and there one minute, gone the next. It has a nice deep roasty taste with notes of coffee and tad bit of coffee with a finish of alcohol. What a brew!
SDalkoholic (2318) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 28, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Filthy pitch black color with nose smelling like raspberry. Head will disperse almost instantly before gettignt to admire the red/tan head. Incredibly delicious tasting stout that gives off a rum flavor of roasted malts and coffee bean.
redave (166) - squaw valley, California, USA - SEP 26, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2006 Wow, talk about motor oil! It hardly had any head at all, at 1st i thought i had a leaky cap, and it lost itís fizz. Nope, just a thick rich brew!
THIS BEER NEEDS TO BE RE-CATAGORIZED......! WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO AJUST PER ANUAL RELEASE!!
OK again BLACK! Truly [again as pretty much expected] One of the darkest head Iíve remember seeing. Doesnít last long, and no lace, but that seems pretty typical (?) This is so good! This seems perfectly balanced right now... Iím glad i bought several, but donít know if i will be able to keep any in the "cellar". I "upped" this a bit from the previous review, but ...right now iíd go buy a case of this right now! [if it wasnít a 50 mile drive]
GREAT BEER as stone does now and again!!!!!
Pailhead (6357) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 25, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2005 Bottle: Aroma is roasty with coffee, chocolate, licorice, and alcohol. Pours virtually black with a tan head about an inch thick and pretty good retention. Nice lacing. Rather sweet and matly with chocolate flavors. Obvious coffee is balanced well with the malts . Has a nutty taste to it as well. Alcohol is noticeable, but for the most part blends together rather nice with the other flavors. Slightly hoppy moderately sweet in the finish and you get a tinge of alcohol burn. Aftertaste is a little sweet and a little coffee and licorice.
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - SEP 25, 2004
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2005 Little upgrade on Overall here on second try, in comparison against Bells Expedition. Just delightful; not as thick a feel and some more sweetness on this. Stone rocks. Rock on, Stone.
Like high-ocate Sam Smithís Imperial. I was pleasantly surprised by the soft finish despite lotsa alcohol. Some coffee on the aroma, though not strong or overpowering. Flavor seemed to get better as it reached room temp. (Harder to rate objectively the drunker one gets.) Strangely, no head on this one. Before tabulating the official score, Iíd put this around 4.3 out of 5.