SDalkoholic (2408) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Bottle from Whispering Trees Liquor: I felt lucky to find a bottle of this since every other place that claims to have it didn’t have it on the shelf which meant I couldn’t buy it that day, I’m so tired of the games just to get a bottle so it was really nice to just see it sitting on the shelf. Aroma is rich and robust with a delicate backing of perfectly roasted malts that suggest chocolate maltshake while a nutty nose of pecans wins me over as one amazing impy stout. The drink is just as rich as my nose led me to suspect and delivers a sweet taste of caramel almost toffee like malts with a heavenly touch of the pecan which reminded me of the gooey filling in actual pecan pie. Blairgus (4613) - California, USA - JUL 25, 2013
25 July 2013, bottle. Black. Nose is nose is roasted malt and anise. Thin/med body and moderately fizzy. Tastes of sweet black licorice, slightly acidic, sugary, mild molasses, burnt toast. There is a lot there.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone gregwilsonstl (2613) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Dark black like oil. Bourbon. Rye. vanilla. I’m missing the pecans. Definitely alot of alcohol. johnnnniee (4403) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Bottle from Ball Square.
Pours a solid black color with a decent sized tan head that slowly dissipates leaving spotty lace in its wake. Smells of burnt and brown sugar with a heavy licorice aroma. A light chocolate and roasted coffee beans and hint of ethanol round out the aroma. The flavor is thick smokey burnt sugars with an herbal licorice anise thing going on. A moderate amount of hot fudge on top of vanilla ice cream with a hint of roast and a touch of earthy herbal hop. Faint bit of sweet whiskey rounds this out. Medium to thick body with a light to moderate level of carbonation and an oily tar like thick as molasses mouth coating. There’s a whole lot going on here and most of it is good, but it doesn’t seem likes it has perfectly meshed itself together yet. This is a big thick sweet stout, and that’s just how I like them, but I think it needs a little more time for the flavors to coexist and then I think it could be spectacular. Too bad I could only find one bottle of this!
Iphonephan (7190) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - JUL 25, 2013
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma if dark fruits. Flavors of plum, caramel and red cherries. Boozy finish.
MattH (908) - California, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown pour. Tan head that recedes quickly to tan lacing. Spicy rye and bourbon are prominent in the aroma. Right out of the fridge and into the glass the flavors that appear most prominent are chocolate and booze. As the beer warms flavors of bourbon, wood, and alcohol come to the forefront and the flavor of chocolate dissipates. Thick body becomes sticky as the beer warms. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Price is right on this one. Very solid offering at a hell of a price point. And a 13%er to boot. Pours thick black with a thin khaki head that rides out with the quickness. Smell is big roast, chocolate, hint of booze, caramel, nutty, vanilla, some tangy coffee. Taste was more roast, but a smooth, marshmellow, vanilla, the bourbon was subtle and nice, chocolate, bits of rye spice, and in the end you can pick up a bit of the nutty/pecan flavor. Overall, the flavors played quite nicely with one another, but the beer felt a bit held back. I mean I don’t want to taste the booze perse, but for 13% it was quite tame. Not a bad thing, but if there was just a touch more pop this could have been on the fantastic level. haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Bottle from Hollingshead in Orange, CA. Pours a deep black color with a nice, thick tan head. Roasted malt aroma with some hints of cherries and dark chocolate. Complex taste with bourbon, berries, and chocolate. Alcohol is masked but I have the sense it has some legs. Very good brew. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2013
650 ml bottle. Pours an opaque black color with a small tan head that soon fades to fine film. The aroma is big and bold with dark chocolates, vanilla, some burnt toast and a trace of licorice. The taste is similar to the nose, lots of roasty-toasty flavors, a bit too much vanilla, chocolates, nuts, anise and spicy breads. The palate is full and viscous with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry with lingering bitter burnt toast. Overall: Decent brew, paired exceptionally well with a Cabot Vermont cheddar cheese. IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2013
Seriously people?! get your heads screwed on straight! Because it’s Stone and it’s new, it’s all the rage. Personally, I love imperial stout. That being said, this beer is: Hot, thin, and not nearly as complex as it should be for 13%. Stone is just worried about getting stuff to market now, and not about quality. Boo on them. A real craft brewery would have let this age for at least a year longer.