Drake (8560) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Beer Run. Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. The taste is chocolate, roasted malts, mild coffee and resin hops Medum bodied. I wish the coffee were more prominent.
nsquishee (598) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tastes sweet, roasted, and finishes malty/bitter. Can’t taste the coffee much other than a bitter, roasty and boozy flavor.
oneeighthcuban (106) - - MAY 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not a lot of coffee smell, not as much as I had hoped. Smells more like chocolate/roastey malts. Taste is bitter, again not a lot of coffee. Very smooth, pretty tasty, but I had higher hopes for this before I tried it.
BigBeer45 (1253) - Michigan, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
this beer had a black pour that looked viscous and made a one finger dark tan head that lowered to a thin layer with open spaces and ring, the glass had many small streams of bubbles at the sides of the glass, it left spots of lacing on the glass, there was no sediment in the bottle,
this Impy had aromas of espresso and dark roasted coffee bean, big roasted malt, chocolate, a little molasses sweetness,
there were a little smoke notes in the background (intense roasted malt?),
it had flavors of big roasted malt and grain with strong espresso-coffee, some bitter chocolate, and a little dark fruit and malt sweetness that was in the background, the finish had a little burnt or almost burnt roasted malt with some roasted malt astringency that gave a bit of bitterness, the espresso and roasted malt bitterness hung around a bit on the tongue after each sip,
the mouth feel was thick with a nice creamy feel on the tongue, and it had average carbonation,
this was a nice combination of a big Impy with espresso.
andyhwcinc (1440) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Purchased at the Beer Temple in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on a cool mid May Friday night hanging out at home. Was very happy to find this stuff, and it’s pretty incredible. Appearance is a thick, oily pitch black with a thin tan head that rims around the glass, as it warms, has a nice thick tan head. Aroma is a bit light but decandent, with rich espresso / coffee notes along with chocolate, light bit of lactose, but overall a tad bitter. Taste goes down with a light bitterness, rich in dark coffee and chocolate, there is a subtle dark fruit aspect to this, and is a very smooth RIS but also a bit dry. Extremely enjoyable brew, Stone does it yet again.
devman171 (967) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with mom, pours black with low creamy head. Aroma is deep roast coffee and malt, taste is a mouthful of roasted, coffee, bitter finish monster stout, great.
BeerandBlues2 (9695) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Max’s. Pours opaque black with a small, frothy tan head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is espresso, roast and chocolate malt, prunes and raisins with earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with heavy espresso, medium dark fruits, hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
sonnycheeba (3559) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours deep, dark brown with thin, creamy beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, espresso, woody notes, chocolate, earthy hops, and dried fruit. Flavor is heavy dry, roasted flavors with good supporting espresso, dark chocolate, dark fruit esters, earthy hops, and ash; dry finish. Medium/full body and low carbonation.
EtTuCthulhu (1049) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma of this beer combines toasted malts, espresso, and a hint of vanilla, and the appearance is an opaque black color with a large tan head. The taste is complex through a fusion of mildly bitter, mildly umami, and slightly sweet flavors that work well with the palate, which includes a bitter finish, soft carbonation, slick texture. and a full body. Overall, I was quite impressed with this beer, especially since the vintage IRS didn’t do too much to prove its worthiness.
thomas15 (685) - USA - MAY 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of roasted malt, espresso, slight flickers of dark fruit, dark chocolate. Black should be small dark beige head with spotty lacing. Tastes of bitter espresso and roasted malt. Some sweet creamy aspects, espresso retains a dryness. Chocolate as well. Mouthfeel is super velvety. Great variation.