HonusWagner (1222) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice coffee presence. Chocolatey, velvety. A bit of like, a cinnamon spice note from the coffee. Excellent beer.
EvanFriend (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2014
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Similar to the regular Stone RIS, but heavy on the coffee up front, and bitter chocolate at the end. Very good beer, as always from Stone.
jookos (1522) - FINLAND - JAN 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
.65 bottle from SB. Big black, savory. Pretty much what you’d expect from a Stone RIS. Sweetness and full without being cloying. Big but drinkable. The coffee isn’t really the espress-bean- like I was expecting, but more of a stale/instant- coffee thing. Milk chocolate. Excellent body. Nice.
allmyvinyl (2159) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 4, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with Jeevan, thanks to San Diego Steve. Jet black pour, thin tan head. Aromas all about the coffee, light roast malt in the background. Taste has more coffee and some dark chocolate and charcoal. Good body and bitterness. Very nice.
pushkinwow (1842) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Both on tap at Capones for their 2013 Black Friday event and a bottle to take home with me. Black with a dark brown head. Definitely more coffee in this one then the base beer, still lots of dark roasted and semi-burnt malts, only a slight hint of anise but some fruit tang that seemed out of place on the nose and lingered on the finish. Full body and mild+ carbonation, smooth and almost seemed lighter the base beer although I always prefer it with a bit of age on it so maybe have been more that then the espresso.
Sunni05 (20) - Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
WOW!!! That's the one word that came to mind with the first sip. The nose is filled with the scent of dark, strong coffee setting the taste buds up for a treat. Definitely a full bodied taste just like an Imperial Russian Stout should be. Add in the flavor of a good strong cup of espresso along with some chocolate notes and violas...you have one of the best stouts ever.
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Fred82 (2093) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from winooski beverage warehouse. Pitch black with small head. Small head retention. nose big coffee with licorice and molasses. Nice earthy and spicy coffee notes. Taste lots of coffee with bitter coffee notes and some dark chocolate. Molasses as well. Finish lots of coffee, rather bitter and slightly alcoholic. Mainly coffee. Slightly acidic. Very nice coffee profile. powerful coffee aromatics but not too much. That being said, it feels a bit unidimensional. Still pretty well balanced and fairly drinkable. Nice carbonation, A bit on the strong side but nothing too intense.
pentaz (892) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Theis. Pours black with a good lacing and lasting tan small head. Aroma is coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate. Taste is moderate+ sweet and bitter.
Crispy34 (326) - Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bottle share 2013 odd year release. Aroma is a sweet, dark malt. Some coffee, as well. Appearance is black with a little tan head. Taste is espresso and dark malt that finishes sweeter. Palate is dry and espresso. Overall, a good take on a good beer. Would buy again and put more age on it.
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_angst_ (2358) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Placeholder rating with just the numbers to get everything into the database before the end of 2013. Proper text should follow in the next 1-3 weeks.