beertholomeus (672) - California, USA - MAY 30, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a tan head. Roasted malt, soy sauce, chocolate, coffee and some alcohol aromas. Chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, soy sauce, licorice, toffee and slight alcohol flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Roasty mouthfeel and a roasted malt, soy sauce and alcohol finish.
beer-yum (439) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Has to be one of my favourite Stone brews. Was lucky enough to sample from tap down here in the antipodes - and it was everything it’s reputation promised. Was sublime at the temperature served (cold) and only got better as it warmed up. Only downside is it is too strong to enjoy in the quantities one would want!
hfmejias (661) - Dover, Delaware, USA - MAY 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured black with a medium, foamy brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, some coffee and hints of alcohol. Taste malty, sweet, bitter notes and a bit of booze. Delicious flavor, very good beer, super enjoyable.
badpuppy69 (208) - orange, California, USA - MAY 26, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a very dark Brown with big head and great retention. Aroma is dark fruits roasted malts chocolate and a touch of coffee. Taste follows the Aroma perfectand some nice hops present in the Taste. Very smooth!
ljthiessen (312) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2008 vintage in 2014, thanks to northropfrye. Beautiful aromas of dried fruits, liquorice, candied fruits, bubblegum. Flavour of dried fruits, chocolate, liquorice, a bit of funkiness. Very very tasty.
Criz (68) - - MAY 24, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
8oz draft pour. Pours a dark black with a thin lingering tan head. Notes of alcohol, and vanilla. Huge flavors of espresso, vanilla, oak, and dark chocolate. Medium thin body, no carbonation on palate with a slightly dry finish.
Chadski4 (96) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 24, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Roastiness dominates the aroma after a jet black pour. Small medium brown head. Large amount of booziness in the flavor followed by chocolate, coffee and black cherry. Very thick, buttery finish.
Bif (1385) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On Tap. Served a virtual black color with a nice head. Aroma of Roasted malt, dark chocolate with a touch dark fruit. Taste of roasted malt and chocolate with a bit of fruit sweetness. Mild bitterness and a very dry finish. Full body, thick and creamy. Very well balanced. This is a classic to compare other Imperial Stouts to.
AAEA (83) - California, USA - MAY 23, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 FL. OZ ($7.99) The particular one that I’m talking about says "2014 release" on the neck of the bottle. OMG! a power house of flavor and well... flavor. This beer is very unique and I really like it. The taste is a real hefty dose of roasted flavors with a bit of the alcohol bite as this ones pushing 11% here. Definitely a beer that the guys over at Stone take pretty seriously. If you’ve actually found this in the store and they aren’t sold out BUY IT! not for the newbie.
lownote (38) - USA - MAY 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2014 Black pour with little head from a 2014 20oz bottle. This is a really satisfying beer. Not excessively thick mouth feel, with an appropriate amount of sweetness