Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 27, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
’05 champagne bottle thanks to OhioDad! Tasted head to head against Stone RIS and the Dark Lord, this guy had it’s work cut out for it. The coffee aroma rushes to my nose as soon as the bottle is opened. There are more hops present in the aroma than Dark Lord has to offer, but they’re equally hard to discern because of the massive coffee smell. Pour is black with a dark tan head that dissipates surprisingly quickly. The body is slightly thinner than I had hoped for, but still hefty. Flavor matches up with the aroma perfectly. Huge coffee flavor -- it’s clear that it’s higher quality coffee than in DL, but there’s less going on around it. The roasted malt is great, but still slightly one dimensional. Notes of vanilla and some bitter chocolate float around in the background. The hops presence is stronger than in DL, but I think that is almost a fault in this case. The finish is too bitter. I have another bottle I plan to age for a while, but I’m not sure that the bitterness will mellow out because it’s almost completely due to roasted malt and coffee, rather than hops. I can see why barrel aging this stout would make it incredible. A couple of months to mellow out and pick up some sweet oak and vanilla flavors would make it incredible. I can’t wait to get my hands on this guy’s barrel aged cousin.
edgallow (3411) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 27, 2016
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle pours black with a brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and some fruit. Taste is coffee and chocolate.
Hugetaste42 (18) - - MAY 27, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very very solid stout. Well worth the price. Chocolate, coffee, malt, vanilla. But nothing really stands out.
Cristobal37 (664) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 23, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2016 On tap at Alesmith brewpub. Jet black. Fruity deep cocoa caramel capuccino. Super bomb deep complex flavors of cocoa, milky malty stout, but the finish is heavy as fuck and hits ya. Surprised and then not. Fanfuckingtastic.
beerplace (296) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2016 750ml bottle at Jamey’s. Vintage 2015. Pours like an oil, very dat, almost black color with a brown head. Aroma is bourbon, wood, candied fruits, roasted malt. Taste is sweet, dark fruits, bourbon, oak. Sweet, roasted malt aftertaste. Really well done!
stouby (4344) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
CBC16, red session, tap. Black with a beige head. Aroma heavy malty (roasted, dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, caramel/toffee). Flavor coffee, then medium sweet and bitter, round and smooth. Full body.
KW92 (1067) - Warszawa, POLAND - MAY 21, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2016 Kran w Jabeerwocky
WYGLĄD: Barwa czarna, nieprzejrzyste. Piana drobna, niska.
AROMAT: Średnio intensywny. Głównym motywem są...przejrzałe jabłka?? Może inaczej: lekko stęchły. W tle bardzo dużo kawy.
SMAK: Ciemne słody. Posmak kawowy, długi. Świetnie ukryty alkohol, choć z czasem uderza do głowy.
OGÓLNIE: Generalnie ogromny zawód. I tu nawet nie chodzi o
pokładane w nim nadzieje, po prostu zarówno smak i aromat pozostawiają wiele do życzenia. A mówimy tutaj o teoretycznie piwie ponad przeciętnym. Być może, a raczej na pewno jest to kwestia "świeżości" piwa, jeżeli w ogóle możemy mówić o takowej w przypadku RISa.
Tognetta (656) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - MAY 20, 2016
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2016 Totalmente negra, turva, espuma marrom de ótima formação e perfeita persistência, aspecto cremoso como café espresso (no início), perde a cremosidade com o tempo de copo, irregular. Aroma tende para o café, torrado de média torrefação, cacau, licor de chocolate, álcool muito bem inserido. Corpo licoroso, média carbonatação, cremosa, quase uma milk stout. Final tende para o torrado e café, coco, baunilha, álcool passa a ser mais perceptível com o aumento da temperatura. Maravilhosa
alusdievs (42) - LATVIA - MAY 19, 2016
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black coloured. Without cap. Fully and thick. Some notes of chocolate and coffeee.
WillemsUrenkel (1324) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - MAY 19, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle bought at the tasting room in San Diego. Black in the glass, beige creamy head. Very roasty at the nose, more coffee than malt. Little bit fruity background. Taste starts with a lot of coffee. Fruity background. Later getting little bit alcoholic. But also smooth. Sweetness in the second row, little bit sticky. Enjoyable stuff.
drlb81 (9) - - MAY 13, 2016 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma sweet coffee chocolate caramel, taste slightly bitter starting but becomes sweet quickly, lots of chocolate, coffee, rosted malts, liqueur.full thick body, components very well balanced, no overwhelming. aftertaste long lasting, slowly fading, also sweet on tongue, palate, throat too. slightly bitter chocolate with dominating sweetness. Alcohol content well hidden.