Star80 (40) - Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Smells like charred malt, coffee, faint vanilla and dark fruits. Tastes like dark chocolate, coffee roasted malt, some faint vanilla and coconut and perhaps some nuttiness. Getting faint whiffs of bourbon and some toffee and caramel characteristics from the barrel aging. Jut adds complexity without boozniess of a full barrel stout. Really nice, pretty smooth and rich mouthfeel. Overall this beer is a win. Interesting and quite tasty, worth every penny of $7.99.
---Rated via my tastebuds and my brain. Bgarnreiter (53) - Alabama, USA - SEP 21, 2013
pours jet black with a espresso brown head, that what little lasts is very thick. The beer is super thick and chewy. smells classic imperial stout (dark fruit and malt) with that added level of spice from the rye. Tastes super carmely, spicy from the rye, with a layer of booze and malt. Really complex and super delicious. there seems to be some coffee on the way back end, love it! viyh (73) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - SEP 21, 2013
This is one tasty beer! Thick on the tongue and complex flavor required multiple sips to get the full span of complexities. A nice balance of sweetness, darkness, and body. I highly recommend this one! mojoman (158) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 20, 2013
On tap at Publicity -Bellevue Tn. Molasses/bourbon nose, sweet taste with hop presence. Nice lacing. Fantastic stout!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2013
Bottle pours close to black hint ruby had nice big cola color head that gone within a min. Tastes smells of booze caramel ca died fruit cherry or like Has pretty strong booze taste chocolate bit roasty. Very nice balance biscuit. Thin. Very solid beer woodish. Iíd say closer to a old ale or barley wine then stout but what do I know.
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a supremely dark brown color, one thatís very opaque. Very little head here, just a thin tan-colored film, and even that retains poorly. On the other hand, this has visible alcohol legs.
S: This has a lot of boozy dark fruits, along with perhaps a twinge of nuttiness and a twinge of chocolate. Thereís also a twinge of bourbon - not actual oaky character, though. An acceptable nose...but man, I was expecting something that was total batshit insanity with a side of bourbon-soaked pecans. And itís just not; itís really just...boozy. Inhaling directly from the bottle yields more pecan notes, though.
T: The opening flavors are very chocolaty - always a good thing in imperial stouts. Bourbon very briefly pops up in the middle, before turning into a spicy, boozy finish. Some pecan flavors also pop up on the back end, becoming gradually bolder as more is imbibed; the strong nutty character is very redolent of Arrogant Bastard to an extent. The booze bite on the back end is more fruity than fusely. Itís about as alcoholic as I expect a 13% stout to be, no more, no less, and becomes less of an issue as this warms up. Actually, my chief complaint about this brew isnít the alcohol presence (that gradually calms down), itís the lack of complexity. There really isnít much to this beyond booze, chocolate, and pecan. Even worse, there really isnít a lot of harmony or balance between those flavors. But itís endearing. Endearing, much in the same way that íMerica is endearing.
Gawd bless íMerica.
M: It feels a bit light (Iíd call it medium-bodied if it werenít 13%) and airy, along with a touch of rye-derived coarseness. There isnít much of a substantial feeling on the palate - itís almost like it was designed to be surprisingly drinkable for such a big stout. And honestly? It is. At a higher temperature, the boozy notes become obscured, making this even easier to sip.
O: Itís not often I get a brew where the flavor profile is MUCH better than the aroma (without the aforementioned nose being out-and-out horrid and/or not to my liking), but this is exactly that. I wouldnít call it top-caliber - it doesnít have supreme depth, or even a good balance for that matter. Still, it has a definite charm that makes it much better than the average imperial stout. And hey, itís far more likeable than Wesley Crusher ever was. Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 17, 2013
P: Pours a pitch Black Sea capped with a billowing espresso froth. Dense and great retention.
S: Roasted pecans glazed with brown sugar and molasses. Dark chocolate, rye bread, dried wheat grain and play dough. Swirling really releases the sweet bourbon aroma.
T/M: Sweet succulent confectionary sugar, brown sugar, molasses, dark fruits are up first. Followed closely by bitter spicy rye, cinnamon, roasted pecan praline and a grainy earth tone to round out the mix. Bourbon swirls around dodging in and out coming and going. After the spicy carbonation slows its attack the mouthfeel and taste is similar to melted Dutch chocolate. Vanilla bean, no bake cookies and old wood. Subtly prickly thick n chewy body.
O: This makes me want to relax under a blanket on a cold day and watch "Stand By Me". Great warming sensation created by the boozy bourbon and decadent pecan praline. Spices mellow out the sweet and craft a beautiful beer. Gordie Lachance would have approved of this intoxicating collaboration. RABinCO (1508) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2013
Draft. Pours near black, huge brown head. Oak, roast, coffee, chocolate aroma. Bitter chocolate bite. Booze, coffee, fruit. Nice slight burn. Real good. timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - SEP 12, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2013 On tap at The Grad. Aroma and flavor of sweet, vanilla, rye bread. Sounds gross, but itís very tasty. Iím hardly ever impressed with a Stone beer, so Iím attributing this to Wil Wheaton. Great mouthfeel, despite medium carbonation. Excellent beer. I want more! Martinus (4601) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2013
Dark brown colour, beige head. Fruity aroma, cherry, roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, bit of mocha. Sweet malty flavour, quite bitter, caramel, alcohol and vanilla. Full body, sweet, light bitter finish. Decent beer by Sheldonís nemesis.
(From 66cL bottle @ RBBSG II, Gent 2013. Courtesy of ThirstyBird. Thanks for sharing, Rian!)