ReverendMoon (95) - Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tastes just as the name lets on. Exactly what I would expect from stone on this one. Creamy, virtually black pour, smooth mouthfeel with a nice but not overwhelming kick of espresso. If you like strong, rich coffee stouts, you can’t miss with this. For its style, grade A.
CMFilan (1) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2013 does not count
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Poured into a Riedel snifter.
Pours an inky brown with a brittle dark tan head, about 1/2 inch that fades quick to faint bubbles around the edge. Upon swirling, it kicked up a playful lacing that walked back down the glass.
Aroma is heavy on alcohol and a dry but aggressive smell of espresso grounds. A soft nuttiness underneath all the coffee.
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yngwie (11750) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 22oz. A black one, with a dense, light tan head. There’s a good and not over exaggerated coffee aroma in this one, followed by dark chocolate, roasted malts and some molasses. Full body, lightly warming and with a nice carbonation level. The flavor has the same very pleasant coffee level, a good bitterness and dark chocolate. Long finish with coffee and dark chocolate. Most certainly one of the best coffee stouts I’ve had, no matter what strenght. Balanced and delicious. 130816
Meilby (5538) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 650ml @ Hotel Room, Holiday Inn Express, Escondido, CA
Pours pitch black with a small light tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, licorice and leather. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light to medium bitter with a long roasted, coffee and licorice finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
Geokkjer (5002) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours jet black with a beige head. Aroma of ground coffee, espresso, roasted malt, chocolate and molasses. Flavor is sweet and roasted with some coffee, nuts, chocolate, caramel and grains. Full body, average carbonation.
kaser (1759) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet, roasted marshmallow aroma. Burnt Carmel. Taste is smokey and coffee beans. Very rich. Tons of flavor. Super rich. Great
Shpongloid (8) - - AUG 15, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into snifter. Pitch black, dark mocha head that dissipates quickly. Big coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate aroma. Taste follows nose, with coffee at the forefront. Sweet chocolate balances the coffee bitterness. Thick, viscous mouthfeel that sticks around after each sip.
PGHbeer77 (556) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Way less abrasive fresh than regular IRS. Has a smooth coffee rich dark chocolate taste. Will buy again in the future for sure.
justabeergeek (205) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Sunday, I posted my review of the 2013 iteration of Stone’s yearly Imperial Russian Stout release, stating that the review of its “odd year” brother would be coming soon. Well, that’s today. Every other year, Stone releases what they call Odd Beers for Odd Years, one offs of their already popular (and excellent) limited releases. While I’m not the world’s biggest fan of coffee stouts, I like stouts and I like coffee, so I figured I’d give this a shot and see how it stands up to the original.
Like the Stone IRS, the EIRS also pours like oil, pitch black with essentially no head of which to speak. It coats the glass nicely and epitomizes how an imperial stout should look in both color and viscosity.
When your nose comes to the rim of the glass, you know that this is a coffee stout. I could smell the coffee as I was pouring it. There are still some of the chocolate notes present, along with a lot of malt roast, but the espresso dominates the aroma without a doubt.
The palate is heavy on the espresso, but it is very clear. It reminds me of Founders Breakfast Stout in many ways, but this has some other chocolate notes present. I get roast bitterness, a bit of like an earthy/dirty note, a touch of vanilla and some smoke. While this is a nice coffee stout, it doesn’t impress me nearly as much as the standard IRS.
What the EIRS has over its brother, if only by a bit, is mouthfeel. The feel on the IRS left me wanting a bit more, and the EIRS delivers some of what I’m looking for. It is a bit thicker, with more of that velvety, silky texture that I love in big bad stouts. I doubt the incremental alcohol increase on this version has anything to do with it; I suspect that the addition of the coffee has resulted in this alteration, and I like it.
The Stone EIRS is a nice coffee stout for sure, but it isn’t quite as good as Founders Breakfast Stout. I’m honestly a little bit disappointed, but then again this is an one off, and I have to give Stone credit for their creativeness if nothing else. If you’re a coffee beer connoisseur, this may be the beer for you.
doublebock (487) - California, USA - AUG 13, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: Black with thick beige head
Aroma: Chocolate fudge, oak and espresso grinds
Taste: Rich, smooth and creamy texture. Vanilla, chocolate syrup, port,and well balanced espresso flavors. Finish is roasted coffee bitterness.
Overall: A shining example of two of my favorite styles- coffee and imperial stout.