patricks110 (2841) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 22, 2018
Whoa. Older bottle. Deep and opaque black pour; thin tan head. Surprisingly not too bitter. Tons of cocoa, dark chocolate and mild espresso notes. Long lasting rich cocoa notes, mild bitterness, moderate roast. Body is heavy but with mild booze presence. Overall very enjoyable stout.
Iznogud (4991) - CROATIA - JAN 23, 2018
Bottle, 650 ml, courtesy of Max. Shared with him and JFK10000. Black with medium brown head. Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, sweet, bitterness in finish, medium bodied.
Beerhunter111 (23767) - Beerland, GERMANY - JAN 15, 2018
Many thanks to Erzengel for sharing! A black beer with a mid-sized most good lasting tan head. Aroma of sweet mild roasted dark malt, chocolate, bitter hops. Taste of roasted bitter malt, coffee, intense bitterness, nice! Erzengel (9897) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 4, 2018
Many thanks to Werckmeister for organising this bottle! Deep caramel and dark chocolate. Moderate bitter, quite dry, great with lots of chocolate and roasted malts. Fantastic depth, bitter milk-chocolate, round, deep, fantastic. Long milk-chocolate and slightly roasted bitter aftertaste. Great brew!! Barea (136) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JAN 1, 2018
Bottle from pivny raj. Aroma: chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, slightly alcohol. Dark brown color, medium brown head, medium body, medium carbonation. Taste: coffee, roasted notes, chocolate, fruit tartness, red fruit, long lasting light hoppy bitterness.
MarcoDL (5529) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2017
Bottle. Black pour. Aroma of bitter cacao, oat, chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Taste of soft smooth bitter pure chocolate, oatmeal, roasted malt, mocha coffee and a bitter hoppy finish. Smooth mouthfeel. Nice one. mzaar (3808) - Varberg, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2017
Flaska. Svart med ett beigt skum. Dofter av mörk choklad och rostad malt. Smakinslag av mörk choklad, mörka bär, rostad malt och säd. Om än högst drickbart så lite oslipat i smaken, eller hårt i kanterna om man så vill. Psytron (2626) - Turku, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2017
Smell of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, tar. Black colour, very dark brown, high head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, oak, tar, alcohol, roasted malt, some vanilla. A myriad of flavours. Sweet, also rather bitter. Viscous texture, extremely heavy body. Excellent. Bill Becker (2051) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 21, 2017
From Sept 2008
I got this bottle in a trade with russpowell. Thanks Russ!
This pours a pitch black with a 1 finger head of tan foam. Head retention is so-so and there's very little lacing.
The smell has a good bitter chocolate nose...surprise! Oh, I also get some notes of coffee, roasted malt, and a slight citrus hop smell and quite a bit of alcohol.
The taste has a big dark chocolate bitterness up front followed by some roasted malt, coffee, good dark fruit, and some hop bitterness. Some alcohol peeks its way through as well giving me some warming.
It has a fullish mouthfeel making it silky smooth, the carbonation is on the light side of medium, and it finishes with a nice oatmeal taste that brings some dryness...pretty drinkable and tasty but...I don't think I'd seek it out again. Like they said in the "old" days, it just doesn't turn my crank. Try some and see what you think, oobawa (1925) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2017
Seems a bit rough around the edges for a Stone stout, unexpectedly tart in places and with an alcohol presence that belies its year on the shelf. Tons of dark chocolate sweetness to start things off, but a slash of currant gives a brief but unwanted fruitiness in the middle, while the back end grows increasingly dry and somewhat medicinal in its bitterness. Raisin, anise, and espresso pop up, yet the increasingly clingy finish doesn't quite jibe with the overall mellow oatmeal-and-chocolate profile. Pours a thick, bubbly black with a tan head and slight lacing. Nose is chocolate liqueur and a little coffee. Texture is viscous and creamy, but warmer than it should be. I much prefer the oaked edition.