omega (740) - - NOV 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 vintage. The moment you open this beer you know you are in for a treat. Full rich nose of roasted malt are carried by a soft velvety goodness that caresses the palate. It is beers like this that you can understand why Stone is held in such high regard.
Dr_Fellini (637) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a pitch black color with a thin creamy light brown head. Aroma is a solid roasted malts, light cocoa, anise. Flavor is a burnt roasted malts, bitter coffee, burnt cocoa. Medium body with a long lingering burnt bitterness. A solid IRS, but Fyodor’s Classic still blows it out of the water.
tmongoose (1425) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft that poured almost midnight black with mocha colored head that lingered and turned into lacing on the glass. the aroma was sweet chocolate and some coffee and lots of deep roasted malts. the flavor was a tad bit sweet but didnt detract from the overall flavor. lots of sweet chocolate and coffee and dark roasted malts. this is an exceptional beer.
bigda83 (311) - Jamestown, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gotta go against the majority here. I’m not sure if it’s the letdown of nearly all the beers at my tasting, or if I really just was not feeling this. Poured a very dark black with a small light brown head. Aroma was licorice, coffee, and booze. Taste was very boozey and lots of alcohol burn (barrel narwhal was much less that this with a higher ABV). Also notes of black licorice, espresso beans, and some semi-sweet chocolate. Drank at room temp. I’d like to snag one from this year’s release and drink chilled and allow to warm up to see if I notice any differences. Ok beer, just a letdown compared to reviews and the hype for me.
GriffDaddy (78) - - JAN 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Yessss. Should every beer be this good. Thick, dark pour with a nice dark brown head. Nose of sweet molasses, toasty bread, chocolate and coffee. Thick on the palate, quite sweet with present alcohol but nicely balanced. Coffee, chocolate, yeasty toasty goodness. A nice bitter to balance it out, high alcohol is nicely blended. Great stuff I will drink again and again.
Florya (466) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
How: Bottle Appearance: Black color, minimal brown head Aroma: caramel, coffee, bitter chocolate, orange, spice.. Palate: Full body, smooth carbonation, surprisingly bitter finish.
Hopmaestro (259) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is thick of malts, chocolate, coffee and licorice. The taste is heavy from the same ingredients as in the aroma, but it also carries a surprising freshness from some kind of red berry. Awesome stuff this one, and something you always should have in your cellar when it’s time for something to get your shit straight!
Obfuscate (139) - Minneapolis, - JAN 1, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 bottle, Breakfast New Year’s Day. Almost too smooth for 11%. I was expecting something in my face but glad it’s so smooth and balanced. Get all the smells and flavors other reviewers and the bottle describes.
Nicke80 (227) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
65 cl bottle from systembolaget bs. Pours black with big brown head. Roasted coffee and cocoa aroma with loads of coffee and cocoa and vanilla taste. Bitter sweet aftertaste with loads of coffee and cocoa.
Lowenbrau (2348) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 31, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
66cl bottle from BottleDog, London. 12-09-2014.
Pours black with nice tan head. Moderate head retention, some lacing. Coffe, roasty, liquor aromas. Medium body, soft carbonation, oily texture. Taste follows the nose. Smooth, viscous mouthfeel. Chocolate, coffee, roasty, vanilla, burnt caramel, wood flavours. Balanced and enjoybale, but some more body would be appreciated.
Mears (37) - - DEC 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very good imperial stout. Love the taste. Glad I snagged a few bottles.