atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JUN 24, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The 2004. Pours a thick heavy brown and settles to a oily black with a medium brown head. Looks great. The aroma is a great mixture of chocolate, coffee, and something I’ve never smelled before-- the aroma of a fresh baked cinnimon roll. Very unique. It has a sweet stout taste and is very smooth as it fills the palate. Coffee and chocolate flavors make their presense known but also noticable are a smokey flavor and currents. There is also a slight hint of alcohol. Very nice beer.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 24, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Damn this is a good beer. Between this and the Ruination, Stone is quicly becoming one of my fav breweries. Now I just wish they were closer.
SpringsLicker (3430) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 23, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Brewtopia ’04
Pours black with a thin head. Rich chocolate aroma and smooth chocolate flavor. Roast malts are there, but not overpowering. Very well done Imp Stout, wish I could get this here in Tennessee.
Terminus (3545) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 22oz bomber-brandy snifter-shipped from whaleman-Alot of you guys on the site know what happend to me with my 03 RIS. The story is sad. This time, the Czar didn’t beat me!
Pours fairly standard IMP stout appearance-pitch black with a nice tightly carbonated brown head that didn’t last very long, only around the rim of the sinfter. Some huge bubble eruptions going on. Sweet coffee and roasted aroma with a touch of that mystery Dark Lord scent that i could never pinpoint. Sweet chocolatey mouthfeal with lots of roasted notes. I got some good smokey notes on the finish, especially when it was colder. Alcohol is there and becomes a bit hot. could have been masked better. Definately a great IMP stout that has awesome aging potential. My only gripe is the hotness of the alcohol and with 1 year in the cellar, this may become another 5.0 rating. This time around, I dont have a scar on my leg, but definately one on my kidneys.
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - JUN 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’m always excited to get another year of this stuff... This one does differ a bit than last years, and I’ll go over that before I get to the rating. This years is dryer, a tad thinner, has a more pronounced roasted flavor, and finishes a bit dryer. More warming too, if I remember correctly. On we go. I have no nose for stouts, but I can get a good nose of roasted malt and a touch of alcohol. Pours like dirty motor oil with a dark brown, but very thin head. The flavor is quite full- lots of roasted malt, some coffee, pretty bitter and hoppy, but quite smooth. I remember it being a bit more complex, with more of a melon flavor, but this one may be a bit young for that. Still very tasty, but it could be better. Quite full mouthfeel, of course, and quite warming on the way down. A reward now as it always has been!
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2004 On tap brewtopia 04 , To me this was the " best in show", Midnight black with a Light brown head,slight coffee aftertaste,big thick mouthfeel,If only they sold this at the corner bodega,oh well,Gimme some mo’.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUN 21, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brewtopia’04. Wow! Finally. Black. Monstrous and chewy. Smooth but biting like a big cabernet. Coffee and burnt cocoa on nose. Not at all fruity to me. Unctuous. Surprising bitterness and astringency, then again, it is a Stone beer. Not up to the hype, but still fabulous.
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep BLACK with a brown head. Aroma is very roasty with dark fruit. Taste is very sweet with a ton of hops, coffee, roasted malt, dark fruit, licorice and chocolate. Tart and mildly bitter.Very complex and extremely tasty. Mouthfeel is very full, round and creamy. Has a slight alcohol burn on the way down. Great brew, I’m glad I reserved two in advance.
brownaler (527) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 16, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
2003 bomber served in a snifter. Wow! Apperarance is pitch black with some bubbles clinging on the side of the glass. The smell is of beautiful smoked malt. The taste only seem a little astringent at first but comes together when it is warmed up. The raisin, chocolate and malt are PERFECTLY balanced in this brew. The best thing is that it is still easily drinkable at 9.47%.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
imperial stout tasting, march 04: black, tan head. roatsy and chocolatey aroma with some boozy raisins and red liquorice. very thick and roasty. bitter chocolate and coffee flavours are most of what I get with the raisins and liquorice from the aroma very much inthe background. still quite nice, but not my favourite from this tasting.