bnielsen13 (259) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - APR 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ home. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, roasty malts and very sweet. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Nice beer.
maddmatt639 (331) - Pacifica, California, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light retention and light lacing. Smells of sweet malt, coffee and chocolate. Tastes of chocolate, molasses and coffee. Long coffee aftertaste.
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unclemike (2837) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice RIS aroma, but no coffee aroma which you would expect in an RIS. This is more a RIS than a coffee stout or java stout. very thick on the tongue. Mild sweetness but a bitter finish which makes you think of an espresso. Its a nice beer.
BrokerDon (1) - California, USA - MAR 25, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I just picked up 5 liters of this on draft in growlers and its gotta be my favorite beer of all time. Flavors so complex and THICK that you can smell the espresso and carmel on your hands! Pours with a spectacular head and very drinkable for a coffee beer... Even people who doní like beer love it!
BrewHaMeister (405) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2015 Thanks to Bytemesis! Bomber pours black with a tan thick head. Very tasty beer. Wish I had more.
stoutnick (822) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 20, 2014
2.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2014 2013 vintage bottle from Harlem, NYC. Black with almost no foam. Aroma is very mild coffee and some vanilla; smells great. Taste is bitter roasted coffee which just keeps coming - way too much. Thereís pretty much nothing else in the mix here!? Definitely donít love this beer. Finish is yuck.
BeerFunGuy (875) - California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is rich black with thin creamy head. It has a chocolate aroma. It has a full rich powerful flavor if coffee.
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haukur (1624) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAR 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pitch black and looks thick! All mocha and espresso in the aroma. Coffee completly dominates with espresso with loads of roast. Full bodied. Nice but the coffee is a bit too extreme.
Nuffield (3994) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Side by side with the Central Waters Brewhouse Coffee Stout, and it wasnít a fair comparison--this is clearly better, owing to the imperial treatment. Thick and rich, with a good bean dimension. Fine stuff.
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.
Pours a very dark brown, but not nearly pitch black with a half finger dark tan head. Head retention is surprisingly good considering the strength and lacing is excellent.
Aroma has lots of milk chocolate up front with some lightly roasted coffee. This has about a year of age on it so Iím not sure what effect this has had on the nose. Notes of dark caramel and roasted malt as well.
More coffee is present in the flavor along with lots more milk chocolate. Strands of cooked caramel and some toffee balanced out by a fairly stout bitterness. A little hint of alcohol becomes present towards the finish. Silky smooth mouthfeel and a pretty sticky finish.
Overall, a very impressive imperial stout and another home run from Stone. I would like to try this fresh sometime.