Palme (3380) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.65l bottle brought home from Top Shop. Oh my. This is like pouring jet black motor oil into a glass. As black as they get really and it has a really good looking medium sized what you could call super-lacing dark brown head. Oh my this smells good. Super roasted and dark with a heavy dark caramel and vanilla sweetness. Oh, this is how a imp stout hold smell! Iím surprised how much vanilla I get in this one. Was expecting a strong punchy espresso kick, and by all means itís there, but that vanilla sweetness? Just amazing. Strong dark chocolate malts with fudge, brownies and that chocolate syrup you get on bottles meant for pouring on ice cream. Lovely lovely. Itís much more coffee concentrated and roasted in the taste. Was almost expecting something sweet based on the nose but itís definitely not to sweet. Really roasted and really dark roasted. In the mouth itís what you can describe as oily and itís just about average on the bubbles. A bit to big bubbled for a fill mouthfeel score but itís not far off. As mentioned itís really roasted and dark this. I would not perhaps identify it as espresso bits definitely coffee flavored. Dark muscovado sugars and a rum-like boozyness just gives it an extra dimension to all that strong and roasted flavors. This is world class imperial stout. It ends with wet salty rocks soaked in licorice powder and traces of cocoa powder. Amazing. 28.03.2014
ismith87 (71) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 4, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Notes from 8/1/2013
Poured from a 22 oz bomber bought at BevMo in Phoenix, AZ today, excited to try this one since I love Stoneís IRS! It says it had several hundred pounds of coffee beans from Ryan Brotherís Coffee added to it.
A - Jet black, medium brown/dark khaki head that starts off at 1 finger and dissipates down to a thin film of bubbles on top of the beer.
S - chocolate, vanilla, cream, hints of roasted/chocolate malt, tiny bit of dark fruits/fig newton smell there too
T - More of a roasted coffee bean flavor upfront with some chocolate, vanilla and creamy flavors. The espresso is definitely there, but more like a hint of it rather than just straight coffee flavor.
M - creamy, heavy beer, abv REALLY well hidden, as far as beers go, if youíve never had one like this, itís like a perfectly mixed mudslide.
O - This beer is amazing. The ABV is just slightly higher than the standard RIS at 11% (compared to 10.6), and the flavor is a little more complex/chocolate-coffee oriented.
It says on the side of the bottle to buy a case and try one every 4-6 months to see how it ages. Iím definitely gonna do it and see what happens...
stevoj (2162) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2014 Release. Black and slick, dark roast malts smack you in the face. Deep and rich, an immersive experience, one of the best out here....
TXBadger (1393) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice black color. Espresso bean, chocolate, roasted malt on the nose; all follow onto the palate. As it warms, the espresso really comes through nicely. If you like coffee, youíll like this beer. Lots of big coffee flavor on this one.
skoisirius (1716) - Earth, Washington, USA - APR 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 Brew on tap at The Noble Fir (Ballard, Seattle). Waited to try this and glad I did. GODSDAMN this is a beast. Stone RIS used to be one of my top brews on the planet, and they truly accentuated it by adding the espresso. Nose is full on creamy espresso, roast, sweet dark malts, and hints of booze. Flavors are full on and incredible in every direction. Coffee, espresso, cream, chocolate, bitter hops, toast, burnt breakfast, and more, all lingering through a boozey finish. GET IT.
Boutip (4726) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice medium size dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of espresso notes with nice dry floral notes and no astringency. Taste is also dominated by espresso notes with no astringency and dry roasted malt notes also noticeable. Black chocolate notes are also very enjoyable. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Body is about average for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very enjoyable coffee stout from a brewer that rarely disappoint.
NosirIwont (1964) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - APR 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 11%. Best before 12.16. Pours black with a dark tan head. Great lacing. Sweet and roasted aroma, with a note of chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Hops in the background. Light alcohol and bread notes as it warms. Flavour is bitter and roasted with a bit of alcohol thrown in. Hints of chocolate and liquorice as it warms. Bitter finish, a bit tart, with a coffee note, lingering alcohol burn and a light grassy note. Soft palate. Overall quite good; well-balanced. 18.04.14.
jmbumb (8) - san jose, California, USA - APR 14, 2014 does not count
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice black and tan head. Satisfying bouquet.... Very complex flavors... Chocolate, maple and brown sugar, molasses, candied cherries and vanilla. Surprisingly easy to drink for the abv.
bnielsen13 (245) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasty malts and very sweet. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Nice beer.
maddmatt639 (243) - Pacifica, California, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light retention and light lacing. Smells of sweet malt, coffee and chocolate. Tastes of chocolate, molasses and coffee. Long coffee aftertaste.
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