ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a two finger khaki color. Iím quite impressed with how well the head retains itself given its gravity, though there isnít significant lacing left on the glass.
S: Well, itís certainly a coffee bomb, thatís for sure. I notice a bit of licorice and chocolate in a (vain) attempt to balance the big coffee, as well. Meh, who cares - I love coffee, so I love the aroma.
T: Just like regular Stone IRS, thereís a lot of licorice flavors to open this one up. The coffee explodes after the midtaste - and itís my favorite feature of the brew. Itís not really balanced though, because of how the coffee and licorice notes dominate everything. Nor is any real complexity is to be found. Ah well, I enjoy the coffee character, at least.
M: I like that the finish is mildly dry, because I find the regular IRS too hard to drink (even compared with other big imperial stouts). Given the ABV, itís pretty easy to down, but I think thereís too much generic licorice sweetness that gets in the way of things.
O: Looking back at my review archive, I canít believe I gave the regular IRS a 4. Because of that, I donít blame Stone for adding a shitload of coffee to a (in my opinion) blah RIS. As a coffee stout, though, it doesnít compare with FBS or Wake-N-Bake. However, itís still pretty good at the end of the day - but Iím not sure where all the high reviews are coming from. At least itís better than Oak-Smoked Old Guardian, right? ...right?
haukur (1185) - 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 (3626) - 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 (843) - 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.
Nisse666 (3678) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from SB cons 2014-03-08 GŲteborg
AR: chocolate pudding, wee coffee, truffle souse
AP: oily black, wee beige brown head fizzy
F: chocolate pudding, strong mocca, rich in carbonation, over average bitternees, truffle bits and pieces, cacao nibbles, full - full bodied wee oily feeling, finishes chocolate pudding and heavy mocca (pretty odd combo but it works, hope I donít to have to stay up all night vs the 5 cups coffee per bomber)
Experiment_Ale (439) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At my place with Taylor. roasted coffee, caramel, chocolate, roasted nuts, toffee, finish is full and flavorful.
NielsenRatings (8124) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle offered @ home, via rotbox. Iíve been pulling this out of the
cellar rotbox many a nights in the past three months and never pulled the trigger. Tonight was the night for finally executing this sumbitch. Complete black appearance with a pretty nice dark brown head. Aroma has a very sweet, roasted chocolate tint to it. Some coffee, but actually, vanilla comes through even a bit more strongly. Soft mouth feel and smooth finish. Actually kind of has a mouth feel like an Oatmeal Stout. A touch smoky, mostly roasted chocolatey flavor with maybe a touch of caramel. Super easy to drink. Again, vanilla is pretty prevalent. Oh, whoops. Thereís espresso in the name? Smooth lingering espresso finish. Great beer that I would love to drink again. MrHangover (2078) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ tasting, courtesy of me. Thnx to bytemesis for shipping me this beauty. Pours a pitch black beer with a quickly disappearing, small beige head on top. Aroma has massive espresso, licorice and burnt coffee. Also some faint caramel in there. Flavor has a nice bitter touch from the coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malts sweetness. Very smooth drinking experience, but the espresso could be more evident in the flavor, but still one hell of an awesome beer!
hirigalzkar (2089) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Really like the original version of this beer. I find the coffee taking over a bit too much and hiding some of the nice hops. Theres also a somewhat strange and not that pleasant spiciness to it.
Benzai (6274) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by MrHangover. Opaque black color, nice brown head. Smell and taste malts, roastyness, bitter. Oh lovely beer. Lots of espresso and chocolate. Full body and carbonation.
deanso (4508) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
66cl bottle courtesy of and shared with mrhangover, thanks.
thin creamy tan head. Clear black pour. Lots of coffee. Very nice.