mmmbeer (1252) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. served in shaker- poured a perfect black color, even when held to a light source, 2 mm darkened tan head formed but quickly disappeared to a ring, aroma of a roasted malt, espresso, and chocolate. Hits the mouth with a wide body, malt was burnt to hell but it helps in the case, some smoke and coffee with light cream in the middle, finish is sharply acidic. Nice to see Stone making beer again instead of beta test beers to appease the nerds.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Incredibly dark brown, black to the untrained eye, the beer has a bubbly, light/medium brown head. The aroma is mostly of fresh coffee grounds, followed by some toasted and roasted malts. Still, its nose is mostly of coffee grounds long after you take in the toasted malts.
The up-front feel in the mouth is thin, leading to a highly roasted malt and fresh espresso ground flavor that permeates the palate and sinuses. Itís not too crazy, despite the heavy coffee grounds. Still a very good, strong, traditional Stone IRS with a modest, yet strong addition that reminds me of that smell that comes off the espresso machine as youíre emptying the grounds. No malt or caffeine bitterness, mostly just the flavor of heavily charred malts and those delicious coffee grounds.
Light-bodied (but just heavy enough to deliver the malts) and packed with alcohol, itís overall a well-balanced beer that delivers some wonderfully heavily roasted flavors that remain on the tongue long, long after your last drink. Iím impressed.
UncleKorm (886) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap poured jet black hue w/ a dark tan head. Huge roasty espresso aromas. Initial flavor is light sweet with a big biter roasted finish. Taste is espresso, oak, roasted coffee, and a grassy musty finish. Thick heavy bodied syrupy mouthfeel and soft carbonation.
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Chudwick (2206) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bomber - pours dark brown with brown head and thick lacing. Nose is coffee and milk chocolate. Flavor adds alcohol and choco-coffee explosion in my mouth. As it warms I get dark fruit. quite dry and not as thick as the commercial description suggests. A sipper of a beer and I wonder if this has caffeine. very bitter from dark coffee/chocolate combo at first but it mellows as it warms as well. Metallic aftertaste.
SHIG (3635) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Poured a thick oil sludge with a two finger creamy light brown head. Aroma was strong coffee and roasted malts. Very silky with strong coffee bean, roasted malt, and a hint of chocolate. A good sipping beer.
tom10101 (3063) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ The Reservoir. Black with a medium beige head and good lacing. Aroma of chocolate, espresso coffee, caramel and light vegetal notes. Taste is moderately sweet with chocolate, coffee, caramel and light berries. Medium to full body. Creamy mouthfeel. Good RIS. I prefer by far the regular one, but this one is way better than the Belgo Anise version. If it was not of the light vegetal aroma (from the coffee?), it would be a 4.0/5 beer.
Theis (13777) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at The Mikkeller&Friends Staff Apartment - Thanks guys. Pitch black - light brown head. Smokey. Coffee. Espresso. Oiley. Fruity. Nice bitter. Ashtray. Dark chocolate. Light milk chocolate. Nice body and finish - way better that the plain one.
mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAY 26, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This tastes so green and vegetal. I even taste jalapeno without the heat. I have never been a fan of Stone beers and here is another one. I guess I just hate their hop blends. I would have never tried it but all the other taps blew.
swoopjones (6179) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
draft at Blue Monk. Black pour, fuller bodied, Big roast, dark chocolate, espresso beans in the aroma. Some burnt coffee. Espresso, while evident, is far from dominant. It adds a nice component. Great mouthfeel, great flavor. great stuff
jkwalking05 (3914) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black in color with a good sized tan head. Aroma is of rich coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, and leather.