GarrettB (1096) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
May 19th, 2013 - Like it’s vanilla not-vanilla counterpart, the espresso version of Stone’s Imperial Russian Stout pours like a thick, oily ink from the bottle, immediately flavoring the air with the coffee house scents of freshly ground espresso beans, which have a unique tang to go with the deep earthiness and biting acidity. The scent is also made rich with the smell of sesame oil and/or sesame seeds and steak - a decadent Japanese steakhouse aroma. This may be smooth and sultry, but the texture is raucous and punishing. An over eager sip brings the acidic scratch of coffee grounds, where more moderate ones are better expressed by light coffee flavors and a well balanced espresso sharpness. The violent flavor and palate is actually kind of nice, even as it kicks and growls. In spite of a bubbly taste the flavor comes through, and only improves as it warms and settles, changing from a thrashing brew to a calmer, murkier, more flavorful drink.
crazyvin (1994) - New York, USA - NOV 30, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A black body with a brown head that had mild retention. Aroma was a great mix of dark chocolate, coffee and leather notes. Some alcohol was present. Flavor seemed to have more dark chocolate flavors then coffee. Still had rich roasted malt flavors and the alcohol was a nice warming sense in the finish. Moderate mouth feel. Easy to drink.
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simont1 (294) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of rich roast and coffee. Taste is semi-sweet, with a nice earthy coffee & milk chocolate, bundled with an evened out roast and a mellowed out licorice feel to it. Great mouthfeel, remember this as much better mouthfeel than the normal Stone IRS.
Bricks (635) - Delaware, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of bitter coffee. Super dark, tan head. Smooth palate w/ bitter finish. Taste pretty good. Great stout.
rouhlas (339) - GREECE - OCT 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle bought from Systembolaget, shared at home. Black with medium beige-brown head. Aroma is roasted malty with light notes of coffee and chocolate. Taste is sweet and bitter same as the aroma with coffee and chocolate. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.
fugitive (1409) - Athens, GREECE - OCT 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Color black with small head. Aroma roasted, malt, herbal. Taste malt, wood, some coffee, roasted.
arnold931 (637) - Iowa, USA - OCT 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. I can't believe how smooth this is for 11%! Lots of chocolate and coffee. Maybe some dark fruit. Delicious!
beechner224 (779) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black, tan head. Aroma is all coffee. Taste is mix of coffee and chocolate, pretty rich. Nice beer.
Lukaduke (2374) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep silky burnt umber color with a two fingers of khaki foam. Nice blend of earthy coffee mixed with creamy cocoa. Nuances of anise, burnt wood, roasted coffee, tar, vanilla, caramel and a long smooth finish. Great balance of roast, bitterness and sweetness !
Dfonorow (1600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pour is deep black with a small off-white head. Aroma and flavor of dark espresso, coffee, roasted malt, light chocolate, and bitterness. Finish is roasted coffee and not much else.