Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - JUN 13, 2004
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
close to being the best beer I’ve ever had, and I live in the Pacific Northwest. These Stone brewers really no there beer. This brew pours a very very dark color, almost pure black, with a creamy brown head and little lacing. Has a destinked smoky flavor which makes every part of this brew better. I love it, thick molasses apeal, rich and just plain shrummdidilyumshuss!
Discofish (152) - USA - JUN 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Full bodied chocolaty and roast. I prefer other imperial stouts over this one, but it is up there.
SanDiegoWino (4) - California, USA - MAY 25, 2004 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the new 2004 release (one of the perks of being a beer columnist!), and is outstanding. Deep black in color with a coffee-and-cream head, the nose is coffee and deep roasted maltiness. The mouthfeel is thick and rich, like cream, and the flavor has malt sweetness on the front with a very long, dry finish that suggests anise. Wonderful stuff.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of thanks too eyedrinkale. Deep brown in color with a nice fluffy tan head. Very malty. Chocolatety notes. Licorice. Good beer. Enjoyable.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2004 2004 Bottle. Worthy of an upgrade. Flavor and aroma to a 9, overall to a 16. Aroma is well balanced between the roasty malts and the alcohol. Flavor is round. No sharpness and hops are less prevalent. Flavors are very rich as well.
2003 Bottle courtesy of Eyedrinkale. Pours deep brown with a tan head. Aroma of hops and chocolate. Big malty flavor with some hops and plenty of malt bitterness. One tasty Russian. Thanks Mike! 8-5-8-5-15
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
not totally to my tastes but this does have its appeal. aero bar aroma. tasted of rolled oats, golden syrup, cocoa powder and, of course, a mass of hops. pretty black. not bad but i wasn’t too disappointed to finish the glass
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2003 on tap (5/3/04): Pours much less creamy, with less lasting head than a traditional stout. I’m not complaining. Aroma: smoked malt, fruit, hickory, burnt match, smoked jerky, roasted nut. Flavor: simply awesome, olive, malty, maply syrup, smoked malt. Finish: sweet maple syrup, caramel, indescribable.
mardermax (71) - santa cruz, California, USA - MAY 3, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2004 5/2/04: proud day. 22 oz bottle: 2003 release- smells like butter. chocolate smoke belushi. Relatively large head for a stout..But now it’s disapated quite a bit.. Tastes of a very slighty (smoked/burned) barley.. Pungent. stone is friggin bizzare and outlandish. they make beers that dont follow normal rules about beer. how is this possible? Full mouth experience no doubt. great, dandy swell, aye caramba. When a beer makes you lie down and think about what you are drinking right now, you know you're there.. Just the right bitterness, followed by smoothe roasty chocolate aftertaste. Simple yet, dank as blap! a true oxymoron.
Sammy (11164) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 1, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
smooth thick chocolate more than coffee. Like a porter. Roasty aroma - not the main show. Beautiful black. 2003 edition. Too much to finish on own A bit acidic tempered by some food. Bit of carbonation
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 1, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I can see why this was rated high! Pours black as night with toasty brown head. Powerful. Roasted coffee, licorice, spices and bitter chocolate at the finish. Chewy and good. Warming and fantastic.