mcberko (9343) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 25, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle, pours jet black with a medium tan head. Aroma brings out dark roasted coffee, roasted malt, and some bittersweet dry cocoa. Flavour brings out rich dark roasted coffee, medium roasted malt, a little vanilla, and some medium sweetness - not sure from what the sweetness comes. Everything is balanced very well, with the espresso well-incorporated. As good as the regular Imperial Russian Stout. Excellent.
bhensonb (12454) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 25, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours black with a foamy dark tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and anise. Med + body. Flavor is anise, dark baking chocolate and coffee. Plus heat. The coffee gets stronger as the chocolate wends away. This is a really excellent, ingredient rich, ale. A gustational delicacy. I wish my espresso machine could make this!
Cory (372) - , California, USA - JUN 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Aroma is Smoke, coffee, licorice, and strawberry. Black in color with a small tan head. Carbonation across the palate but a smooth finish. Sweet syrupy taste up front and a bitter Smokey finish. Great well balanced and unique beer that has a lot to offer. My high rating is because it’s unique and exceptionally complex.
illidurit (2243) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured into tulip glass. Deep dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate and molasses with some licorice and black coffee. Flavor is much the same with heavy dark chocolate, licorice and molasses. The coffee character I get isn’t so much espresso as it is a milky blend, like a latte or something. I’m tasting a lactose sweetness and maybe some vanilla notes that betray the bitter beast that espresso should be. Still, this is a very tasty beer.
Jjg226 (71) - Staten Island, New York, USA - JUN 22, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours inky black with thick mocha head that quickly dissipates into a thin collar. The aroma is of espresso and roasted barley. First notes of sweet chocolate and malt give way to bitter, almost burnt, roast coffee. Alcohol becomes noticeable as it warms. Oily mouthfeel with light carbonation help make this big stout a sipper. Truly a well crafted beer, Stone has produced one of the best coffee stouts I've ever had!
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rayOfBeer (673) - El Cerrito, California, USA - JUN 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle: black pour with medium-sized brown mocha head. Aroma is dark roasted coffee, creamy caramel and a bit of chocolate. Flavor is rich espresso, dark caramel, toasted bread, a slight alcohol warming tingle, some bittersweet chocolate and a tad bit of charred grain. Wonderful sipping beer on a cool evening, full of flavor and warmth.
mikedevilsfan (225) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Almost perfect stout. Smells of espresso beans and chocolate. The same for the taste, well balanced impeccable.
poisoneddwarf (1953) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JUN 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Pours opaque black with a medium dark tan head with great retention. Aroma is packed with coffee; I also get a little chocolate, bread and soy sauce, but it’s the espresso that dominates. Taste is milk chocolatey, coffee; mostly sweet, but with bitter and tart edges. Mouthfeel is creamy, body full, carbonation just right. Overall, not just a great coffee one-off experiment, but a beer Stone should distribute on a regular basis.
KyotoLefty (7555) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Nose if coffee, chocolate, a bit of licorice, wood. Black with nice lacing. Huge coffee flavour, light citrus, chocolate, wood, charcoal. Bitter and boozy finish. Smooth and silky body. Nice. I don’t particularly dig so much coffee flavor in my beer, but this is certainly well done.
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong coffee/mocha aroma, dark pour with mild lacing, balanced and smooth coffee taste with a small aftertaste.
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