dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
As good as it gets with Imperial Stout. The warmth of the alcohol is perfectly offset by the roastiness of the stout. Boy, could I use one now!!!
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer pours very dark with a thick brown head and moderate lacing on the glass. The aroma has an odd sweetness to it. Coffee and roasted malts dominate the aroma. This is one thick beer! The flavor is dominated by the roastedness and the coffee, but there were other things in there to mix it up a bit. It was a little harsh at first, but after allowing it to warm up some, it became very smooth. One of the most enjoyable Imperial Stouts I've tried.
uvajed (178) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! First of all, don't try to drink this one at near-freezing temperatures. The first time I tried it was at around 38F, but over 50F is much better.
Pours with little head that disappears quickly and completely. Perhaps the darkest beer I've ever seen. A wonderful anise and coffee aroma. Tastes like what I can only imagine roasted alcohol might.
This is my first encounter with a Stone Brewing Co. product, and I see what all the hype is about.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 30, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2004 Pours into the glass with a black body topped by a thick chocolate colored head that leaves lots of lace behind. Slightly sweet, slightly bitter roasty malt aroma with a touch of alcohol and chocolate notes. Some hop character is detected in the nose. Sweet chocolatey malt flavor with licorice notes and a roasty character. Very weak bitter and alcohol notes linger. Rich, creamy full bidy that is smooth and soft on the tongue.
lunaticharness (183) - Torrance, California, USA - JUL 29, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
it had a nice smores or rocky road scent to it with light hops and a touch of soy sauce alcohol, the head was small brown fizzy that completely disappeared, and a very thick flat black body, the flavor hit with a blast of hops and some doses of sweetness that ends with long lasting salty bitterness, a moderate amount of heavy dry oils that lay on the tonque, i didnt like this beer very cold or cold at all.. i think that it was way better at room temp than at 55 degrees
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2003
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2004 2003 NOTES: So very near perfection, this monster stout brings a smile to my face. It is dark as sin, thick and rich as hot fudge, with potent coffee and roasted chocolate aroma (not that hershey's crap, but fine swiss chocolate). The alcohol is omnipresent. The flavor is omnipotent and the head is omnificent. The flavor really grabs your tongue and gives it a good shaking. Hey, what about carbonation? Oh yeah, even in a thick goblet brew like this, the carbonation shines true. Bottom line, one poem of a brew. 2004 NOTES: Not quite as complex as the previous year and with a more potent alcohol presence than I'm comfortable with. Still a damn good stout, but not as fine as 2003.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 27, 2003
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black, opaque body with a nice dark brown head. Sweet malt and chocolate aroma. Roasty and sweet flavors. Coast the mouth and warms the body. Some hops come through in the finish. Complex and delicous.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - JUL 27, 2003
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured out of 22 oz. bottle, bought at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, CA, 7/24/03. Tight, light brown head that dissipates quickly but looks fantastic while it's there-- like a thick chocolate malt. Dark, extremely opaque body-- almost completely black like a bottle of ink. Nice lacing along the glass while the head lasts, but like most good things, it's not forever. Nose is not terribly strong, of subtle, inviting, dark, roasted chocolate. Taste jumps out with dark roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate malt. Medium-full body and smooth mouthfeel with a dark sweetness that hints at growing overwhelming but somehow still remains on the edges (and roof) of the mouth. Incredible dark roast and chocolate finish. Delicious and surprisingly well-rounded beer, this is one of the best imperial stouts and one of the best beers I've had.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2004 Intense aroma of Turkish coffee , bitter roasted chocolate, and grassy hops. Unlike many stouts this actually smells like BEER (due to the hop fragrance). Dense tan head, and body the color of a black hole. Ultra-intense flavor of dark, bitter chocolate with a blast of hops. Ethanol-kick in the finish. Richest of the rich with many intense elements yet smooth as silk. This beautiful beast will sneak up on you.
Re-rate, 2004 vintage: Roastier than I remembered. Dominates other elements. Rating mostly the same except I dropped one point overall.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 26, 2003
2.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I think it's probably just me, because everyone else I know LOVES this. It's just REALLY REALLY bitter... too bitter for my tastes, unfortunately.