MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JAN 19, 2006
Pours a nice deep brown to black> Beautiful dark tan head one of the best imperial heads around that I have seen to date. Aroma was full of Chocolate and roast malt with some hints of fruits and wood. Taste was incredible with Chocolate and roast malt. very balanced flavor with the hint of fruit added to it. Very balanced Imperial stout NachlamSie (3481) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2006
UPDATED: APR 3, 2009 bottle. Pours like motor oil and leaves a ridiculously dark brown head. The inviting aroma is so strong that I can smell it before I take a whiff up close. This stuff smells damn good. There’s plenty of chocolate and coffee of course, but also there is plenty of sweet wood which reminds me of a good scotch. The flavor is wonderfully complex and very assertive. Plenty of mlik chocolate, more woody notes with a very earthy foundation. There’s a little nut flavor as well, perhaps in the vein of pecans. The alcohol (10.8% for the ’05) is not even detectable unless under the harshest scrutiny. Some faint, distant hops make themselves known in the finish. I was expecting something more ridiculous from Stone, but this is just sensibly complex and damn savory.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2006
[May 27, ’07]
Bottle of the 2007 stuff. Pours black with a firm dark tan head. Very nice lacing. This is definitely a good looking beer. Man, this stuff smells so good. Savory, rich roasty espresso, earth, mocha, hickory, a bit of pine are all noted. Palate is thick and chewy. I love this beer. This time around I drank a fresher bottle, but truth to tell, it’s not a whole lot different than my first experience. I’d say there are more bitter notes present now, and the heavy body doesn’t seem quite as syrupy, but this beer definitely can hold up with some age on it. There is a very nice chocolate presence that comes out in the finish along with a smoky, nutty flavor that dries the palate a little. Obviously, as this bad boy warms it gets even more delicious. The alcoholic qualities fade away completely and more density is felt. This is truly a top notch imperial stout. I was a little afraid that revisiting this one after I’ve tasted so many others in the style since, I would appreciate it less. But no, it is delectable.
[March 30, 2009]
Bottle of the 2009. Pours ebony with a very well formed dark head. The aroma is chewy, roasty, with hints at raisins, molasses, dark choco
Bottle. Pours black with a tinge of amber only on the extreme edges and a thin dark tan head. The aroma is very, very malty. Lots of raisin, wood, some chocolate, just a faint hint of espresso, and Scotch whisky. The flavor: wow, where to start. It evolves as it moves across the palate. Initially it is quite sweet, like raisins and maple. It moves on toward the more intense grainy malts. Lots of barley, oak, pot ash, earth, and peat. Toward the finish the hops finally come out, though not as obnoxiously as in other Stone offerings. They are fairly mellow, but quite earthy and blend well with the rest of the flavors. There is really no indication at all of the high alcohol. The mouthfeel is really quite thick, but not sticky. This is some excellent stuff. Yum yum. ATOmemphis (200) - Franklin, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2006 Pours a rich thick dark chocolate color with a milk chocolate and coffee colored head. Smells of chocolate and coffee from the pour alone. Good lacing, a tan color on the glass in intricate patterns. Drinks a thick chocolatey taste, even a little refreshingly so. Malts are present and so is deliciousness. By far better than some other Stone’s, and that says a lot, because Stone seems to sit near the top of the pack. This brew is awesome, and because the store has more, I’m going back nearly immediately to pick up some. doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2007 Summer ’05 Release. Finally got around to rating this one. Aroma was light bread, strong coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted. Moderate yeast and a bit of dough. This baby pours black with minimal head. Excellent lacing that fully diminishes. This is one full bodeid brew that’s oily/syrupy with only a little carbonation. This is my favorite RIS. As I have a bunch of these, I’ll be adding my reviews as they age.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2007 (Bottle 65 cl) Comes as "Stone Imperial Stout" at 10.8% ABV in a "Limited Early Summer 2005 Release". beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Opaque, pitch black beer with a creamy, dark brown head. Very complex aroma of dried fruits and roasted malts. Very full body with plenty of roasted malt and dried fruit. Extremely complex and refined brew with only a moderate bitterness. 160106 and 070907
(01.15.06) One pint, 6 fl oz black bottle purchased from beeronthewall.com. 10.8% ABV. Bottle states “Limited edition early summer 2005 release.” Black hued stout having a tan head and spare lacing. No discernable carbonation. Coffee and bitter chocolate aromas. Full bodied with rich creamy texture that starts with light malt sweetness and coffee, dried fruit (raisin?) flavors. Finishes dry with light lingering bitterness and black coffee aftertaste. Notable alcoholic warmth. Rich, smooth, and well-balanced stout. Delicious. nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2006
UPDATED: APR 20, 2006 Homebrewerguy (306) - Oil City, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2006
22 oz bomber, early summer 2005 release.
This is has just about everthing I love about imperial stouts:
1. motor oil pour with a midnight black opaque color and a nice tan head.
2. flavors of chocolate, roasted malts, and the slight bitterness of coffee that warm you up on chilly days...I’m sure the alcohol content has something to do with that "warming up" factor to, but anyways...
3. smooth complexity, alittle bite on the tounge and then a smooth finish
The one thing that wasn’t too familar was the slight hoppy tone in the beginning of each sip and in the aftertaste. Pretty interesting, but not suprising as I have found Stone loves giving us that hoppy flavor. All in all a very delicous imperial stout.
2006 spring release. Came across this llittle beauty today and picked up three bombers. The new label is kinda neat, the hat is a nice touch. The beer seems fairly similar, the aroma is kind of roasty and a bit soapy. The flavor is full of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee all the great comfort flavors you’d expect from the style. The mouthfeel is also very nice, rich and chewy...never too clumpy. Still a great beer and definetly benifits with some age.
Thanks pjk33 for this great beer A beautiful IRS. Dark, thick, malty, and hoppy. Everything this style should be. Intense flavor balanced by the hop presence. Best IRS I have yet tasted. Quiver (140) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2006 Wow... what a tasty treat. pitch black, nice thick carmel colored head. Taste rich and chocolate, with rasins and carmels accents. Alcohol warms you but never burns. A must try for imperal fans