samsmith33 (315) - - OCT 11, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark black pour. Small, but dark creamy head. High alcohol. Dark chocolate caramel flavor. A really nice beer.
toxichop (288) - South Gate, California, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Chocolate, bourbon, alcohol, wood, and roast. P:black with red highligts and a thin head. T: bourbon and alcohol, dark chocolate, nuts, oak and finishes rather bitter. M: medium with low carbonation. O: i preffer the base, it is a good beer but the alcohol was kind of a punch
kathouse (812) - Nevada, USA - AUG 12, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
At the Strong Beer Fest at Aces and Ales. Love the aroma that climbs from the black depths of this beer. Bourbon, oak, toast and vanilla are exquisite. Alcohol and fruit are a welcome mix. Roasted malt base supports the alcohol and finishes dry and firm.
50belair (1852) - Florida, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown/black pour. Chocolate covered berry aromas. Definitely infected. Sour berry notes invade the rich dark chocolate, deep roasted malts, and bourbon flavors. I can see the potential here and would very much like to revisit this beer...
jcartamdg (1664) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2008. Pours dark black with no head, aroma of bourbon vanilla and sweet chocolate. Taste follows, smooth and delicious. Really, really nice
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Blairgus (2416) - California, USA - JUL 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
20 July 3012, bottle. 2010 release (the recalled version). Dark brown. Nose is huge sweet raisins and vanilla.
Slight vinegar, dry oak, faint dark chocolate. Nose is amazing, tastes great but might be faintly off.
ADfan (538) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 17, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured on tap at Beachwood BBQ. It is black in the glass with small head. The aroma is hard to describe, there is vanilla, coffee and alcohol. The taste matches the aroma well. Big and full of flavor. You notice the smoothness right away. There is espresso and vanilla up front. Then you taste chocolate and an alcohol punch near the end. Extremely rich and smooth.
alexsdad06 (4537) - Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler (from notes 09/11). Pours oily jet black with a small tan head; served at 55 degrees The aroma has dark chocolate, roast, espresso, bourbon, vanilla and a hint of anise. The flavor was a decadent blend of far chocolate, roasted malts, espresso, bourbon, vanilla and a hint of anise. Very smooth, full bodied, carries the anvil quite well. I had this a few months earlier with a friend and was equally impressed. I think this is a bit better than the base.
BrewDad (4632) - Olympia, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black in color, clear with a thin tan head. Big bourbon and stout aroma. Awesome barrel ageing flavor. Love the flavor this was a super brew.
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes. First reviewed 8/22/2011. Served on tap in a snifter at Acre.
As expected, this is pitch black with just a hint of mahogany and ruby in the edges.
The aroma is full of bourbon; it is in the forefront to the point where it kind of drowns out the other wonderful smells. Molasses, dark fruits, and a bit of anise and chocolate are pushed to the periphery.
The flavor is again a bit strong on the bourbon for me, considering that the base beer is so good. It starts strong and stays on the palate through each sip. Behind that, some molasses and vague dark fruit sweetness start out, with vanilla, oak, and roasted malt rounding out the front. The roasted malt has a tinge of burnt character and flows into a coffee bitterness nicely as the sip progresses. The finish is lightly bitter with more bourbon.
This has a dry, woody, oaky feel, which makes it feel less full bodied than the original. Medium carbonation is on the creamy side.
If I had this on its own, it would be a fine beer. The only issue is that Stone had the audacity to make IRS so good that drowning the flavor out with bourbon is a downgrade. Some people might like the bourbon treatment to be over the top, but I prefer it to be more nuanced.