conway (1315) - - MAY 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black with a thin tan head. Nose and taste are both simple. Lots of espresso and chocolate notes. Full mouthfeel and a nice carb. Simple and straight forward but absolutely awesome.
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Hellbus (3) - - MAY 8, 2013 does not count
3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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JohnGalt1 (450) - , Idaho, USA - MAY 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked this up at the COOP tonight for about $6... Damn good deal IMO. Poured into my little CC snifter... 1 finger of dark brown head rises up and dies gradually.. decent lacing for the entire glass... the brew is black as coal.
Aromas donít show as much coffee as I had hoped for... it is there, but there is something else that reminds me of anise/brewers licorice that is distracting... burnt sugars and light char finish things... nice dark chocolate as things warm up.
Flavor is very well integrated.. light coffee and dark malts with some dark fruitiness... a bit figgy and definitely a burnt sugar essence. Hops show with warmth, sorta lite piney elements. The coffee notes should be higher IMO... but this is a great beer at the price.
Body is bigger than I remember the standard IRS... Carbonation is good small bubble/almost creamy...
Well done across the board.. Digging this fresh.. but I doubt there is any reason to cellar it other than for a bottle or two for future enjoyment.
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with a light brown head. Aroma is TONS of bold roasted espresso coffee, dark bitter chocolate, caramel, toasted malt, a touch of dark fruit and some anise. Wow, amazing full bodied taste with truck loads of espresso coffee. Good bit of super dark bitter earthy chocolate, caramel, maybe a little oak?, thereís a bit of dark fruit, and bold toasted malt. Definitely full bodied and really delicious. Iíll have to pick up a couple more of these.
eros47 (49) - Huntington Park, California, USA - MAY 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours thick and pitch black. Small light brown head with tight bubbles. Little carbonation. Aromas consist of coffee and dark chocolate, alcohol is well masked. Taste like it smells, with a bit of bitterness to balance the sweets. Awesome brew.
daknole (8914) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Damn good! Big bold pour, nearly black with a powerfully brown head. Flavors of fudge, bitter chocolate, roast, coffee, espresso, licorice. Well crafted.
AZBennett (114) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours pitch black with a thin tan head that leaves minimal lacing. Aromas are big coffee and minimal roast. Flavors are coffee up front, then coffee, followed by coffee and finally a little roast, chocolate and cream. Mouthfeel is just a tad thin, tough when this warms it gains a boost in this department and coats the tongue nicely with just a dash of alcohol warmth. Overall, this is just a touch less satisfying than the OG Stone IRS.
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAY 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Pours black with a small sudsy tan head that subsides to a mere ring.
Aroma: Cold coffee, roasted malt, anise and a touch of alchol.
Taste: Big mouthful of roasty fresh acidic coffee. Some spicy herbal hops wedged between the coffe and the bitter chocolate like roasted malt. Bitterness lingers. Not too far off from the classic version at all.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, a tad rough with prickly active carbonation.
Overall: As with any coffee beer, I either like it or hate it with nothing in between. Iíll file this under like. The espresso addition was very tasty, and was pretty well integrated into this roast heavy beer. As for aging it, I suppose itís worth a shot. The bitterness will mellow, but I would hate to lose that espresso freshness I experienced.
Huhzubendah (2413) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Mad Mike for the share.
The beer is fairly hazy and light apricot hued with a small head. Both the aroma and flavor bring peaches, mustiness, peach skins, earthy qualities. I really enjoyed this. Definitely a unique brew. Lots of fleshy peach skins and juicy character. Present sourness and tartness but also accessible and drinkable, particularly if you enjoy peaches.
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a deep black with a thick tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, and nuts. Taste is chocolate, coffee, tobacco, vanilla, faint licorice, with a sweet and bitter finish. Body is silky smooth. Really good sipper.