Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 29, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 Re-rating: 4.8 2004 late summer bomber. Poured as a third contender in the imperial stout off yesterday. This guy was up against Speedway and Dark Lord and held its own amazingly well for such a reasonably priced beer. Pour is opaque black with a dark tan head. The first rating was right -- this looks like old motor oil. Aroma is wonderfully complex with a great roastiness and a more apparent hops profile than either Speedway or DL. Flavor is intiall nice and sweet. Deliciously chocolaty and thick. Dried fruits start coming out once the roastiness subsides. The hops are more notable in the finish than throughout, and balance this sweet nectar very well. I guess it’s kind of unfair that we gave this beer an extra year of aging that Speedway and DL didn’t get, but it is absolutely on par. Mouthfeel is somewhere between Speedway and DL, in the range of whole milk or half and half. The carbonation is very light. My only reason for docking it is that it doesn’t have quite the complexity of flavor that DL does. For 1/2 to 1/3 the price of the other two beers, this one is where it should be. Awesome beer.
First rating (very early in my beer career): 4.3 2004 late summer bomber. Very sweet, understated smell. Pours black as can be -- looks like an overdue oil change. Very little, thin, tan head. Thinner mouthfeel than I expected. Not very carbonated. Tastes very roasty, notes of coffee, very bitter chocolate, hops. Amazing beer. Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2005
Gorgeous -- thick and black with a creamy, cocoa-tinted head. Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits are among what make up this flavorful brew...alcohol taste present...Stone’s showing more diversity here with this one! SudsyJason (12) - USA - JAN 25, 2005
What a beer! Pours a thick, deep black with a dark beige head. Aroma is super complex, fruity esters, roasted malts, coffee, various and sundry spices. Flavor is as rich and complex as the nose, very full bodied, absolutely delicious. JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2005
I can’t help but think that this style is overrated since I hardly ever find anything bad to say, but I’m about to do it again... 2004 release. Black as midnight with a thick dark dark brown head. Aroma of dark fruit, figs, dates, coffee, malted milk, cherry and a big blast of roasted grain. As the temperature rises, a hint of beech smoke become obvious as well. Flavour is very good, sweet dark fruits up front, especially dates and black cherries. Lots of coffee and heavy roastiness in the finish. There is a touch of saltiness here as well. Body is thick and creamy. Long warming finish. A great brew, despite my reservations on the style. crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2005
UPDATED: APR 8, 2007 Pitch black, brown head. It is so thick and so black it’s scary, the alcohol isn’t too much but you definitely know it’s there, good roasted/chocolate/coffee flavor to it, silky smooth mouthfeel, and balanced very well.
giarcsr (104) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2005
I’m pretty sure this is going to be the highest rated beer I’ve done yet and it is very deserving of that title. It has a great roasted malt smell, and syrupy black apperrance with dark brown head that just says that this is truly a dark beer. The flavor is very powerful and bold and really attacks the senses in a way that is a real treat. This is a beer that you should truly get your hands on at all costs. Truly a top beer. presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 15, 2005
Comes across not as an over the top Imperial but a quality high alcohol dry stout. An excellent achievement in brewing and restraint. Black and thick with a light slick head. Delicious scent tinged with aclohol. A well blended narcotic. Nice mouth feel and not overly thick. Flavours of charcoal, roasted notes and bitter chocolate. Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2005
Wow, poured dark, with dark brown head. Head is thick and frothy and creamy. Instant aroma of chocolate, and licorice and roasted malts, and coffee, and sweetness. The flavor is intense. Rich, and dark, like a full strength coffee with chocolate highlights. There is some nice carbonation, and a bitter sweetness like dark chocolate. This is like liquid exlir of life. There is good lacing and small amount of head left as I got close to the end. There is a dry finish, and this is an excellent brew. Awesome. kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 8, 2005
(bottle) deep black with almost no head but some nice lace. Aroma of very roasted malt. Flavors of dark fruit, coffee, a hint of licorice. Full bodied-you don’t notice the EtOH RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Very dark with little head. There is so much going on in the flavor; chocolates, coffees, fruits, licorice. Nice and smooth. Doesn’t feel like it is almost 11% ABV. Nice Imperial Stout.