jjgmd (1044) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber. Pours a dark black color with a small head. Nose is sweet with chocolate and espresso notes. Pour and nose are both rich and í thick ". Taste is sweet with deep and rich chocolate and espresso notes. The 11% ABV is blended so well that it is subtly tasted, if at all. The finish is smooth and velvety and warming. An outstanding Imperial Stout....Quaff Score 9 / 10
zgaier (1010) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with a brown head and pleasant aroma of coffee and milk chocolate. Taste is sweet and roasty, lots of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and smoke with a smooth, burning, roasted coffee finish and a thick mouthful. Delicous stout - tasty, strong, and complex with the alcohol well hidden given the abv
douglas88 (5114) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Belmont Station. Pours a jet black color with a medium beige head. A big roasted malt and huge milky coffee nose. Big coffee, some green peppers that I often get out of roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla. Doesnít work as well as other Stone RIS versions for some reason. Iím a big fan of this series in general.
Chad9976 (1016) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 3/28/13 and cost $7.99 ($0.36 per ounce).
Appearance: Ink-black body, completely opaque with no visible carbonation bubbles. Pours to a small, brown, frothy head which mostly dissipates but does leave some lacing on the glass.
Smell: Sweet nose of black grape, black licorice and chocolate syrup. Has the same aroma most beers of the style tend to have. No coffee, though.
Taste: How many times have I said that a beer didnít live up to its name but still wound up being great anyway? Add Stone Espresso Imperial Russian Stout to that list. Iíve had the regular Stone IRS many times, and I was really excited to try this version brewed with espresso beans, but rather disappointed that they seemed to be supporting characters rather than the star of the show. Still, the base recipe is one of the best of its kind, so thereís plenty worth appreciating.
I donít know what is it is about beers of the style, but they seem to have a prominent grape/vinous character to them. This beer is no exception as the initial taste is akin or red or black grapes, but without any sourness. Black licorice and chocolate syrup are also quite strong in this palette, imparting a rich sweetness. Thankfully, itís not cloying due to the strong hoppy character that swings in at the apex of the swig. Not dank or dry, but just a general bitterness (slightly piney I suppose). The finish reverts to the opening delivery, but with a subtle coffee flavor and additional bitter character. Itís nowhere near as strong as some other coffee stouts Iíve had, which is a bit of a bummer considering the brewery. Not that thereís anything to dislike here since the base recipe is so good and the beer is so enjoyable as it is.
Drinkability: If you want truly experience an imperial stout, Stone Espresso IRS is a perfect example. Thick, but with a soft body and smooth texture, itís literally comfortable to drink. The aftertaste is a nice mixture of sweetness from the malts and slight bitterness from the espresso, which prevent it from becoming cloying or drying. At 11% ABV the alcohol is definitely a major player, imparting a gentle warmth on the finish and creating for a full-bodied beer to say the least. I actually was able to drink the entire bottle myself, though I wouldnít have minded splitting it with a friend (especially in colder months).
cards04 (1196) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A really phenomenal brew. Pours black with milk chocolate head. Aromas of quality coffee and espresso. Nice chocolate milk aromas too. Great rich and creamy mouthfeel. Coffee and chocolate flavours. Roasted malts too. Excellent.
MikeJslc (628) - USA - SEP 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with than head. Aroma of dark bread, bittersweet chocolate, licorice, roast, espresso. Flavor: cocoa, toffee, chocolate, licorice, a little coconut note, coffee is big.
Gription79 (1895) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber. Chocolate, coffee, caramel, malty. I was expecting more from Stone. Solid beer but comes up a little short.
tympanic (152) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Yes! And for only $7.99 a bottle at FoodTown! Such a delicious and strong espresso flavor, with a palatable alcohol presence. Excellent.
Welley_Alves (197) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - SEP 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Maravilhosa IRS californiana, enriquecida com a adição de grãos de café espresso. Cor negra, com media formação de espuma escura, aroma intenso de café torrado. Na boca ótimo corpo, licorosa, com notas evidentes de café torrado e chocolate amargo, aquecida pelo alto teor alcoólico, que persiste até o longo final. Álcool bem inserido. Excelente breja!
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Creecree (24) - - SEP 12, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Tastes just like espresso. Bitter, chocolates, desert, sweet, thick. A good espresso taste left on the palate. Very dark/black. Cream colored frothy head.