italarican (1516) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at the RnH Stone Takeover. Thin black pour with a khaki head. Aroma is slightly smoky with some milk chocolate and rum. Odd blend of citrus, dark malts, and burnt toast. Finish is charred toast and dark chocolate. Definitely not my favorite Stone stout.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Small Bar. Pours black with a tan head (like most everything I had on tap that night). Aroma of belgian yeast that stands out. Chocolate and coffee from the Imperial Stout. I think it was an interesting beer.
TonyDiUlio (653) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had at the stone tasting in NY at Rattle n’ Hum with James and Andrew. Pour was a dark body with some off white head. The aroma seemed to be a bit smokey, with hints of hops. The flavor was more bitter than expected, in a good way. full of dark hops and yeast. very enjoyable indeed.
drewbeerme (3895) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
draft at small bar logan square. pours black with tan head. nose has a huge Belgian yeast aroma - spicy and herbal with dk fruit undertones.
flavors again have a big dark fruit and spicy Belgian yeast but just an overpowering big spicy and earthy thing going on. flavors meshing odd with licorice and chocolate rounding it out. not a good example of americans using belgian yeast.
blipp (6647) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Dark belgian candy sugar aroma with some roasted malts. The flavor has roasted malts, candy sugar, belgian yeast, and some hoppy notes in the background. Very good, of the 4 Stone IRS variations I had, this one was my favorite.
Slipstream (2164) - USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2012 On draft at Rattle’n’Hum’s 2010 Stone event - for me it was closer to a Belgian than a stout. Lots of sweetness and herbal and grain flavors. Had a bottle in 2011 and like that a bit more. Coffee aroma with floral hops. There was a nippy edge that was balanced with sweet mocha and spicy notes. Interesting sharpness on the palate, and deceptively easy to drink. Complex, big, and nuanced - but still not the best.
brokensail (12362) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is nearly black with a finger’s worth of tan head.
S: I don’t necessarily get all that much Belgian character, but plenty of RIS. Lots of licorice, raisins, dark chocolate, heavy roast, and coffee.
T: Firstly, the alcohol is nowhere near as potent as it usually is in a fresher batch of the IRS. Roast, lots of licorice, and perhaps more dark fruit and bread than I usually get in the regular version.
M: Fairly full bodied, but not syrupy or chewy. A low to moderate carbonation.
D: This was a nice one to try, but I think I prefer the original thing.
Travlr (14773) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Churchkey. Dark chocolate, roasted coffe, dark fruits in the aroma and taste. Straightforward stuff.
BMan1113VR (7897) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2011 On tap. Pours with a black body and a tan head. Aroma is of raisins, grapes, dates, cardboard and licorice. What a huge difference yeast makes! Flavors of chocolate, raisins, prunes and coconut. Medium to light bubbles. Sweeter and less bitter than normal. Bottled version was a bit more palatable.
adrian910ss (2410) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at R & H. Pours a pitch black color with no head. Aroma of plums, prunes, roasted malts, bitter notes and chocolate. Taste is much the same as the aroma.