noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2005
Poured light-proof black with a solid two-finger tan head which receded quickly to nothing. Sumptuous aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, black cherry, burnt toast, pumpernickel bread, licorice, peat and alcohol. Taste was a solid blend of smoky malt and bitter, herbal hops. There were notes of coffee, chocolate, earth, and ripe dark fruits. Thick and chewy, sticks to the tongue and palate for a lingering flavor that can be savored. A great Imperial! SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - AUG 20, 2005
2005 Early Summer Release - Blacker than black with a soft tan head that quickly dissapates. The complexity of the nose is unparalleled - baker’s chocolate is layered upon tons of roasted malt with underlying notes of vanilla, smoke and tobacco. A mild hint of the alcohol is present as well. The body is softly carbonated, but not as velvety as I would have expected, although that may come with age. More bittersweet chocolate and roastiness dominate the body and cling to the tongue for longevity. The finish is dry and roasty, almost to the point of puckering. The strong ABV warms the stomach nicely. This one will be great during the holidays by the fire. carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2005
pours pitch black with little head. aroma is full of anise, coffie, and alcohol. It is initially sweet on the palet, then the dark roasted flavors take over then it leave you with a little alcohol punch and a lingering aftertaste. It kinda has a yegermister (sp?) after taste. This is an over the top imperial stoudt... punkpie (19) - Covina, California, USA - AUG 18, 2005
Pours a dark brown/black... looks like motor oil. The aroma is of chocolate, coffee and molasses... the taste of mocha flavored alcohol coats your tongue... its smoothness finishes with a bite and a lingering after taste. Beaver (1821) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2005
22 oz bottle of the Summer 2005 version. Pours a completely opaque midnight black. It has a small and fizzy head that is the darkest brown head I’ve seen. The head quickly goes down to a thin ring.
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2005
The aroma is sugary lactic cocoa with some anise, coffee and a little fruitiness.
The flavor is sweet chocolate and fruits that quickly morphs into a strong burnt, somewhat acidic, licorice bitterness with a noticeable alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is very full-bodied and viscous with light carbonation.
Overall, a solid brew. A little strong on the sweetness and the alcohol in my opinion.
Limited Early Summer 2005 Release. Bottle. Truly pours like oil out of the bottle, paper thin dark brown head that immediately fell to nothing. Utterly black body, with some lacing (alcohol coating the glass). Aroma is huge, alcohol bite to the nose, rich peppery spices, dark burnt molasses, also the intoxicating aroma of freshly baking sweet breakfast rolls backed by strong freshly brewing coffee. Initially sweet and coating on the tongue, bitter sweet chocolate, dark rye bread, cookie dough addictiveness, and the alcohol in nicely blended into the flavor of this beer. Heavy mouth feel, lacking almost any carbonation. Gives you a nice wallop. ebin603 (5) - Upland, California, USA - AUG 16, 2005 does not count
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2005 Very creamy, strong coffee and molasses flavors. The alchohol content was a bit high. Which left a lingering aftertaste Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 16, 2005
I usually like Stone’s offerings and this one’s no exception. Pours black with a tanish head. Notes of currants, allspice and cookie dough initially dominate followed by some mellowing coffee and licorice notes. Peppery finish. Rich and complex mouthfeel. The alcohol’s pretty well disguised on this one so it has a tendancy to creep up on you without warning. jefcon (1906) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2005
Summer 2005 release. Pours like black syrup with no head, no lacing. But the color is tough to get over -- this baby lets no light through. Aromas are heavy on coffee and burnt chickory, some fudge and interestic aromatic spices which are nearly herbal. Hits the palate like a ton of bricks and is well-proportioned and balanced. Nice hops up front, but then a blast of coffee and smoke. The brew finishes with a chocolaty run-up to a slightly bitter woodsy, natural alcohol, and it lasts and lasts. A well-made beer and a great capstone to any imperial stout session. walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2005
22oz. Bottle, summer ’05 release. Poured (snifter) impressive thick black with a very dark brown head. Not as oily an appearance as I had expected-- thins around the edges to a medium brown. Lots of various and heavy roasted aromas-- chocolate dominates, along with coffee, dark fruits, licorice, and a fair amount of alcohol. Heavy body. When cold, the chocolate sweetness is a little overpowering, but as it warms the other roasted malts and flavors come out. Almost chewy mouthfeel with a long aftertaste of bitter chocolate. Surprisingly balanced and smooth for Stone. An impressive hulk of a beer!