tambrico (50) - New York, USA - JAN 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2014 Pours pitch black with little head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Very thick and full bodied. Flavor is strong coffee but it goes down so smoothly. Awesome beer.
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very smooth beer. Has a little bit of an alcohol taste but nothing bad. The espresso is more subtle than I was expecting.
shadey (1996) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Pours oily black with a quickly diminishing head of dark tan cream. Aroma is dark roasted coffee and chocolate. Smooth and very attractive. Flavors are very well blended and highlight the coffee nicely. Thick smooth body with just enough carbonation. Iím not noticing the alcohol except by the effects. Very good, but not unique enough to push it over the top for me.
BillWyce (844) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From notes: Bomber bottle, aged about 6 months. Poured opaque ink-black with a 1-finger, thin caramel-colored head that disappeared quickly. Aroma is roasty with dark roasted coffee noted mixed in. Full-bodied and viscous, with a light boozy astringency in the finish. Deep, roasty coffee flavor with a mild bitterness at the back that lingers nicely in the finish. Excellent.
Mpuntmuts (142) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Awesome black pour with large mocha head. Huge coffee aroma with bitter chocolate. Taste follows the nose with something vanilla like. Full creamy body with perfect carbonation. Fantastic Imperial Russian. From trade with Jimsal27, thanks again Jimmy. Highly enjoyed this one.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - JAN 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sampled in a bottle that I had aged for around six months. A really awesome creamy coffee stout. So nicely balanced. The color is great looking, deep brown with a thin lacey head. Such a quality brew.
furthur (455) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Opaque black, thin pecan head fading quickly. Smells of plum, coffee and smoke. Tastes of dried plums, licorice, coffee. Carbonation a bit high, palate smooth and rich. Finish is bitter.
Reynolds314 (2880) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good beer but not as good as Id hoped. Pour is black with offwhite head. Aroma is heavy coffee and rich dark malts. Taste is lacking with a bit of a watered down oaty coffee. Not too sweet but needs heavier roast and more flavor.
bellco33 (487) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle into tulip: Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is coffee heavy with roasted malt. Taste is lots of coffee, roasted malt, a little bitter on the back end which is pleasant. Not at all sweet. Interesting, not boozy for the alcohol content, but isnít terribly heavy bodied for what it is. Wish it had a bit more flavor but still nice.
Shooter42 (131) - California, USA - JAN 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good IRS with an amazingly rich chocolate espresso flavor. I have to admit that this is even better then the original Stone IRS. Very crisp and easy to drink for such a high ABV. Excellent!!!!!