daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Well I had to go to Vermont to find this in the bottle at a local shop in Stowe. Rating #600. This is a kick ass beer. Pours a jet black with a nice foamy brown head. Aroma is(shocking)all chocolate. I also smell a hint of coffee and maybe some molasses. Taste is dark chocolate, dried dark fruit, coffee and some molasses hints on the nose too. I truly enjoyed this from start to finish. chokmah33 (118) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Creamy earthy sweet oat aroma. Pear, molasses and currant. Dark chocolate, espresso, burnt barley.
Big bitter chocolate and espresso flavor. Licorice, molasses, charcoal, hazel and walnuts. Minor cherry and plum fruitiness. Hops gives a perfumey spicy character. Some alchohol burn but in a good way, like acidic coffee. Some smoke in the finish.
Killer silk texture (from oats) on the Uber-smooth palate. Astringency puckers mouth at first, then mellows to a rich semi-sweet finish. PaulHegedus (85) - British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 26, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2008 Bottle from Bev Mo in San Francisco, Aug 2008. This was a favourite of my San Francisco trip. Too bad it will eventually be retired. Aroma is full of chocolate, coffee beans, also vanilla and black licorice. This has all the wonderful smoothness of oatmeal stout, but the complexities of imperial stouts. I taste full out dark chocolate with many subtleties, coffee, espresso, bitterness...wow. malrubius (2986) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - AUG 27, 2008
22 ounce bottle split in Duvel glass. Black with lasting flat brown head. Chocolate coffee port earth aroma. Chocolate covered fig sweetness, earthy, with underlying hop flavor and bitterness. Full body, low carb, amazing soft mouthfeel, maybe because it’s pretty warm. Well-disguised alcohol. Complex and wholesome. Definitely excellent! craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2010 bomber on 8/20/10 - just over 2 years old. pours a deep black with a thin tan head. chocolate, oatmeal and a sweet sugar aroma. the coffee nose has faded. big chewy body with lots of oats, chocolate, roasted malts, some dark fruits lingering in the back and some deep roasted coffee on the finish with a bitter chocolate presence. creamy yet slick body. overall this has aged well, but I believe it was at its prime from bottling to about 1 yr out.... still a true pleasure to drink.
coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - SEP 10, 2008
bomber. Stone is awesome. - I seriously love this brewery. This anniversary ale pours a jet black - motor oil consistency with a 1/4" tan head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee and oats. Wonderful dynamic palate... very smooth with tons of flavors... coffee, caramel, oatmeal, chocolate, alcohol and a wonderful bitter finish. The hops really come through on the back and add an added dimension to this beer. Too bad this is a one time brew.... it is one of my favorites...
very good stout, thin head...black like muck. chocolatey, nutty, and a bit of alchohl bite too it. liked it enough to go get another . NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2008
Bottle from Discount in Milwaukee. First off, pour is black and thick, dark brown head that eventually goes away. Nose is strongly chocolate and Nutella, a little bit of fusel alcohol as well. This, to me, blows Stone RIS out of the water. Taste is much roastier and rich, very dry and distinct bitterness. If this had another 6mths on it, it would be perfect. As it stands, a bit alcoholic and boozy. There is some burnt cherries in the finish. Very damn fine beer, wish I had more to lay down... DuffMan (10609) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 18, 2008
On tap at the Falling Rock in Denver. Thick, black oily pour with a dense thin dark brown head. Beefy smoke aroma, with underlying vegemite and dark chocolate. Wow. Heavy, full-bodied, chewy, with flavours of rich dark roast coffee beans, chocolate, smoke. Bitter, bitter finish. Loved it. fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Bottle tasted as part of a RIS blind tasting(finished 3rd of 4) Pours flat black with no head. Aroma is hard to find. Some light coffee hints. Taste is nice and bitter. Some bakers chocolate and expresso. Light mouthfeel with some cream in the finish. Finish is bitter with some light sourness. Love it. milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Pours thick and black with a dark brown head that dissapates quickly. Roast coffee, chocolate, oatmeal scent. Incredibly dark. Body is not too thick, mild carbonation. Sweetness hits first. Bittersweet roasted chocolate then comes, a little nuttiness. Finish is bitter chocolate/roastedness. Subtle, yet complex flavors. A wonderfully flavorful, lighter-bodied stout.