Bricks (625) - 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 (268) - 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 (1381) - 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 (600) - 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 (710) - 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 (2312) - 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 (1514) - 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.
Darkmagus82 (1782) - - SEP 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Transfer on BA review on 6-1-13-
Served on tap in a snifter
Appearance – Served a nearly pitch black brew with a small tan colored head. The head faded rather fast leaving a lighter level of lace. Upon swirling the beer, fingers of a brown molasses color cling to the glass, slowly making their way back to the body of the liquid.
Smell- The smell is big of chocolate and espresso. A semi sweet chocolate smell with hints of vanilla and brown sugar create a nice balance to the more bitter coffee and espresso aromas of the brew. Overall it is big and roasty.
Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt flavor with lots of semi-sweet chocolate up front. With the chocolate comes notes of vanilla and a little bit of caramel. The chocolate begins to take on a slightly more bitter flavor more toward the middle of the taste with flavors of coffee coming to the tongue. The coffee gets stronger as the taste advances and mixes with a light oak flavor at the very end. Along with the increase in coffee and oak so too comes the alcohol flavor producing, when mixed with the rest, a nice warming and roasty flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. Both match the grandness of the big and dark flavors of the brew and make for a nice slow sipper.
Overall – Big, roasty, chocolate covered espresso beans with a nice warming alcohol taste- that is how I would describe this one in a few words. Quit a nice imperial stout.
DuffMan (6967) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 11, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, shared with GCDP. Viscous near black. Aroma is chocolate dominated, with husky thick malty undertones, and finally, coffee. The palate opens with rich chocolate, but then the rich espresso quickly moves in, slightly vegetal, some vanilla and bread crusts too. Finish is assertively bitter. Mouthfeel is heavy and silky. The ABV is well hidden. An amazing beer.
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 11, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had half a glass on tap, but wanted to wait for a bomber. Had the bomber, but apparently didn’t get to it. Had head to head with a slightly older Espresso Yeti, and it was close. Yeti, with it’s batch variance, can be among my very favorite elites, or simply good. This batch was nice, but not the best I’ve had, and Stone beat it. Aroma was even, Stone ahead on all other counts. Such a smooth beer for the abv. The coffee in the aroma and flavor add to the complexity rather than covering up the dark fruit, roasted and chocolate malt and light anise already in there. A very very solid effort from Stone, and at a good price. Sidebar: I liked the Espresso better than the base 2013 beer, though other vintages of that beer have been better, hence the higher score for the classic IRS."