hoped (18) - Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2003
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Limited Late Spring 2002 Release. Pours very thick into the pint glass. I could hardly hear a splash. The color is black with a huge brown/beige head that slowly reduces to a half inch and holds there leaving a nice dark lace all the way down. There is a fine carbonation. I caught myself repeatedly tilting the glass and quicly tilting it back upright to watch the fine bubbles try and catch up to the head. The smell is pleasant and complex. I notice hints of currant, raisin, black cherry, caramel, dark chocolate and coffee to name a few. There is a fine balance of malty sweetness and hop bitterness along with the complex flavor. The taste seems familiar but difficult for me to describe and yes, exceptional. I wonder if all of the ingredients I used to describe the odor were put in a blender and mixed thoroughly, if this would be the resulting flavor. I guess I'd also have to mention the nougat like odors as well, but I'll never know because I will save some time and go buy another bottle or two. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy thick with a nice tingle from the carbonation. The 22 oz. bottle left me definately looking forward to my next opportunity to grab another. Bogartski may be an understatement commissar.
Stuu666 (1442) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 12, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black, lots of chocolate, liquorice, dry roasted malts, coffee. Quite thin and disappointing on keg - 3.5. Bottles gets the 4.3.
aenima (238) - Askim, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Roasty aroma of chocolate and coffee. The taste is similar. Balanced finish. Maybe a little to balanced and boring.
arnold931 (400) - Iowa, USA - JUL 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Third Base. Make sure you let this warm up first. Pours deep brown with huge tan head. Nose is chocolate and coffee. Taste is delicious chocolate with some coffee bitterness in the aftertaste.
Howlader (700) - - JUL 6, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had in bottles and on draught over a number of years. Great stout - one of Stone’s best beers.
hackobock (1183) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2013 version. Black with a one inch dense brown head. Aroma is milk chocolate, dark bitter chocolate, licorice, vanilla, coffee. Taste is sweet licorice and milk chocolate in the background with a dark roasted bitterness growing and finish is medium bitter roasted with a sweet milky note. Texture is sticky, medium bodied.
jdobbs (331) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
BeerBeCue (97) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 edition bomber poured into Stone IRS snifter...hehe! Pours a nice almost-back with some copper highlights with a finger-thick head, reducing to a medium patch of foam. Aromas are of liquorice, roasted malts, alcohol, and dried fruits. Taste is medium-sweet, somewhat bitter...honestly my tongue is a bit confused by this one...! Body is, sure enough, rather full, texture is slick/oily, and carbonation pretty low. The brew interestingly has some astringency in the aftertaste, which is also quite (but not overpoweringly) bitter. Overall: amazing. I wish I would’ve bought two and drank one fresh, but I decided to age this one for 2 years. One of the best imperial russian stouts I have ever drank, the other one being Old Rasputin.
kidobutai (293) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Complex tasty stout. Purple-brown short-lived head, almost black color. Anise aroma, very spicy taste for a stout. Good beer.
Luvystypotables (532) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of licorrice, with a hint of malt and coffee, black colour, with a well laced creamy off-white head that slowly disappears. Taste of coffee, and licorrice, with a bitter finish. Creamy feel.
stoutchap (394) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great imperial. Dark brown pour with nice tan head. Some lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and a bit of liquor. Big flavor - roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits. Smooth rich mouthfeel.