brystmar (1299) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Plenty of rich coffee aroma amidst the chocolatey, roasty stout foudation. Deep, dark, roasty base unleashes a hearty burst of espresso after each sip. A touch boozy as it descends; a few months should provide a good trade-off between smoothing out the heat while ensuring the coffee remains intact.
Good body; a touch too much carb for the style. Stone's IRS proves its versatility yet again.
matthewjk (947) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Of course this exceptional, but not sure I can detect the espresso undertones--albeit I do drink a lot of espresso beverages. Even with the ABV slightly elevated from previous versions, this thing is still smooth as hell and a pleasure. Wish I could detect the espresso, but that might not be possible due to my over-consumption of espresso itself. 220z bomber.
Damico (2720) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours thick and dark unclear with a beautiful creamy cocoa head. The aroma is the weakest part here, almost nothing even at room temp, just some roasted malts. Starts out with a big creamy body that brings on the roasted malts and coffee and a smooth espresso bite as wanted. The flavor is really smooth and delicious, brining no alcohol bite either.
kidmartinek (3741) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like the coffee isle at Central Market. Deep brown/brack with a thin, alchy tan head. I don’t even like coffee but this is delicious. There’s enougj roasty malt and dry cocoa taste to make it balanced. It finishes powerful but smooth.
Chalsk (1088) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Cloverleaf. Pours a dark brownish black with a tan foam head. Aroma of chocolate, roast and earthiness. Has a sweet citrus taste with a nice roast layer and chocolate notes on the back end. A hoppy, roasty, chocolaty stout.
BMMillsy (1566) - Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2013 2013 odd year. Pours thick and black with a brown one finger head. Big coffee, roasted chocolate and hops aroma. This smells and looks much thicker than the regular RIS I had. Lots of rich chocolate aroma with the espresso. Sweet up front mellowed by the earthy spicy coffee bitterness. Still a bit of hop bite in this to go along. Flavors fade into sweet chocolate fudge, yum! Very little of the fruit and anise that I get from the standard RIS, and lots of coffee. Thick and viscous mouthfeel with medium carbonation. So much fudge and goodness that there is no sign of the 11% abv. This is really well done and possibly rivals FBS (one of my favorites). Makes me want to revisit the standard version.
bytemesis (3685) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Well this is a beer that doesnt go for subtlety! Pours opaque black with a medium brown creamy head that laces well. Aroma is COFFEEEEEEEEE, plus roasted malts, a touch of chocolate, cigarette butts.. Flavor is COFFEEEEEEEE, very strong espresso feel to it, plus some cigarettes and a touch of cocoa powder. Very light sweetness and very bitter with bitterness and astringence from the dominating coffee flavors in the mouth. Bitterness mellows as the beer warms, fortunately. I like espresso a lot, and that is a necessary attribute if you want to enjoy this beer.
fidelis83 (2045) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oily black pour with a 1 finger, creamy mocha head that has excellent retention. Tons of dark roast coffee aroma, roast, roasted nuts, char, a touch of smoke, dark chocolate, a little burnt citrus peel. Lots of medium and dark roast coffee up front, dark chocolate, smoke, roast, woody grain, lots of pine floral notes and booze to the finish. Heavy body with an oily entry, boozy astringent finish and light, but sharp and blanketing carbonation. This is mostly really good, but I sort of had to ease into it, the first few drinks tasted like a really good coffee Impreial Stout + Gin Boilermaker, which I imagine not being very good. It got better, but the palate sorta sucks. Astringent and boozy all the way through. I think I enjoyed the previous bottle of this I drank quite a bit more, so I think I will revisit this rating when I drink another.
queenholly (3035) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sample at Beoir Go Leoir. Roasty ashy coffee grounds aroma. Black with a small tan head. Dark roasty espresso, chocolate, ash, and light lactic sweet flavor. Full creamy body, soft carbonation.
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 18, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber from Bev4Less. Pours the usual color with the usual foam. Aroma is similar of dark sweet roasty malts, but with that extra sweet, dark espresso kick, almost like the cafe con leche (cortadito) from Spain smell. Or, just any "extra shot" from Starbucks. Definitely got a great combo of straight caffeine and chocolate. Taste is truly something phenomenal. Amazingly rich, yet smooth. Coffee, vanilla, vodka, chocolate, espresso, This is truly a home run beer. Second taste confirms it, and knocks another shot out of the park. The espresso makes the ABV in this beer dangerously discrete. If you’re drinking this and find yourself suddenly more buzzed than you expected, well, you’ve been hit by, you’ve been hit by, a smoooooooth criminal. Excellence in a bottle.