elduchey (12) - Venice, California, USA - MAY 26, 2006
Pours like over used motor oil straight out of oil pan and leaves a head that looks like something floating around in my toilet after a night of drinking Guinness.
You’d think that a beer this dark would have a bitterness about it but it turns out to be one of the smoothest, most flavorfull beers you will ever drink.
This is probably the best dark beer I’ve ever had. Would love to try it on tap. glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Bottle from Bottleworks. Black with big frothy brown head. Roasted malt aroma with some coffee and lots of alcohol coming through. Alcohol is a bit overwhelming in the aroma. Taste of licorice, chocolate, coffee and alcohol is big, but not overwhelming. Nice and thick...nothing watery here. Awesome. brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Enjoying the spring 2005 brew,heavy and complex malt licorice,chocolate cake and chocolate liquer,extremely dark opaque body, nice tan head, taste was also heavy malt,chocolate, a touch of dark fruit,a solid alcohol rush,and a big hop bitterness at the end. With all this flavor going on,thought the body was medium at best,which gave this entire mix of flavors just a touch of thinness. For me,second only to Dark Lord 505 (271) - Echo Park, California, USA - MAY 24, 2006
Delicious. Dark dark brown pour, little head. Great aroma, raisins, caramel, very malty. Sweet, raisin, prune, caramel, licorice, some hops, with a mild bitter and alcoholic finish. Very creamy, and overall, an excellent beer. Smooth and complex, easily drinkable, and definitely worth buying again. azmtnbiker (20) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 23, 2006
2006 release. Roasty coffee aroma with a dark tan head and dark as night. Tried this one a little too cold. Coffee,chocalate with a hint of some fruitiness with an alcohol warmth. The alcohol is more noticable when tasted at fridge temps. The alcohol warmth stayed throughout the beer and was a little too grainy for my taste buds.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 21, 2006
From a 22 oz. brown bomber bottle, 2006 spring release, with a blurb on the back, sampled at cellar temperature. Acquired in a trade with fellow BA germaniac, once again, many, many thanks!!
Made a good appearance, poured a syrupy dark chocolate brown with a foamy tan head that settled into a thin lacing, moderate carbonation.
Had a charcoal, roasted dark coffee and grains nose with a sweet roasted fruitiness and alcohol in the background.
A crisp, syrupy smooth full bodied mouth feel, very good drinkability.
Big roasted malty taste, chocolate, fruity and caramelized, roasted grainy, a subtle alcohol warmth, the ABV level is well masked, the alcohol warmth starts in the middle and then lasts through out, a little biting spiciness and a sweet roasty and fruity finish.
I personally thought this year’s version of Stone’s RIS was better than the Three Floyds Dark Lord I sampled with a friend last night, an excellent RIS, well worth seeking out and a must try if you like Russian Imperial Stouts.
DuffLover (126) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2006
From a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass. Aroma is malt, caramel, and coffee. Pours very thick and dark - almost black with a thin dark brown head that dissipates quickly. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. What really sets this brew apart is the palate - thick and silky smooth with moderate carbination. Fantastic! My favorite beer!! sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2006 Bottle: Black pour, good brown head. Aroma of dark fruits, coffee, roasted malts, a little chocolate. mmm this takes me back, first really world class beer that I ever had. Picked up a bottle in 2004 on a whim, because hey I like stone and I like stouts. I was downright giddy about how good this beer was. It was the only bottle in the store and covered in dust. Flavor is simply sublime, chocolaty roastiness, some coffee, dark fruits, some alcohol but nothing offensive. Rich and thick on the palate, this is quickly making me forget the wicked burn I got on my hand today. A roasty bitterness on the finish, and a gentle warming to go with it. What a great beer. I need to go buy more.
I just want to add that this stuff is probably even better on draft. Having had about 6 pints of it in the last couple of days I it’s just amazing. Especially if you start factoring in price/ounce. This beer rules. Zinnamon (40) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2006
very dark pour out of the 22oz. bottle, it made me excited. It formed a good brown head especially becuase it was chilled a bit to cool. taste was chocolately and a slight coffee zing. I initially thought it was going to be overly bitter but I was wrong. It was surprisingly smooth and went down well. bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2006
22 oz bomber. As black as can be with a average brown head. Aroma was a little weak but consistented of choclate and coffee with a little alcohol at the end. This was probably the thickest beer I have ever had. The flavor was so smooth; very sweet but evened with a very slight bitterness. The alcohol came out at the end, but I personally like a slightly tantalizing alcohol burn on my tongue. This was one delectable beverage.