jbeahler (38) - USA - DEC 24, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottle shared with family on Christmas eve. What a decadent beer. Pour generously into my snifter, thick like used motor oil. I gave it a hell of a pour resulting in a nice 3 finger dark brown head, solid. Lingered and left some nice lacing. Super aromatic, wonderful cocoa and roasted coffee, dark currant flavor and a little licorice. Taste is perfectly balanced, sweet robust chocolate malts, anise notes and dark fruits, raisins and currants. Deep coffee and roasty malty flavors ease in as the nice citrus hop and molasses finish up. Nice aftertaste of sweet fruits and caramel, I could drink this all fucking day. What a beautiful stout. Mouthfeel is perfect for what it is, thick and syrupy, chewy, little carbonation livens up the heavy palate. This is an incredible stout I would love to try the bourbon treated version. If you like this I would highly reccomend Ten Tidy by Oskar blues. Excellent job stone.
GothGargoyle (945) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a good beige head. Aroma is coffee, raisins, chocolate, dates, vanilla, hint of smoke. Medium-full bodied, roasty on the palate with a good balance of bitter and malty. Taste is liquorice, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits. Nice.
retniw18 (1) - - APR 18, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is such an incredible beer! So dark and beautiful. Perfect feel. Everything else was so perfect that the taste, which was really good, was almost a disappointment.
Nehpets (20) - - APR 17, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Stones always seems to be slightly bitter to me. This is one that finally seems balanced with the dark flavors of roasted smoked malt
andriesradu (402) - ROMANIA - APR 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From tap @ BBF 2014. Pours pitch black with a small beige head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, burned wood, smoke, alchool, bacon. Flavor is moderate sweet and bitter, smoked, dark fruits, light alchool.
PhatB420 (601) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - APR 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber into a glass. Black, dark. dank, hoppy. Pleasant, thick bodied, full stature. solid. Smooth drinking imperial, but abv bounces up in a bit. Not harsh on the pallate
jehoesefat (228) - Poway, California, USA - APR 16, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Super nice chocolate and spice aroma. Pours deep black with a brown head. Good coffee and alcohol flavors, feels very dense and fizzy.
Berard (210) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - APR 16, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours like used motor oil. Smells of chocolate and roasted malt. Light cream colored head with little carbonation. Rich coffee flavor with a hint of booze. Super smooth drinking with hop finish.
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Johnsense (701) - - APR 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, small head. A tad under-carbonated maybe. Big aroma and flavour, roast, dark chocolate. Rich, full body.
Michbeerlover (136) - - APR 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2014 release. Awesome looking RIS. Black with a 2 finger tan head. Leaves lots of lacing. Looks like a real quality brew. However, the aroma and taste are kind of meh. Not getting much aroma and flavor to speak of. Mouthfeel is full, chocolate milk thick. Alcohol is well hidden.
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HoppyAlesToYou (156) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate, a little coffee, roasted grain, resin, and a hint of licorice treat by sense of smell, and this ale only gets better after sniffing it. It is as dark brown as it can be without being black, and the tan head settles into a ring in my snifter while leaving ’come hither’ lacing. Initial light sweetness in the taste yields quickly to medium-heavy bitterness and umami. Its body is medium-full with an oily and sticky texture, soft carbonation, and a long bitter finish. While it may not be the best RIS of which I’ve had the pleasure, it may be the best balanced.