ThisWangsChung (836) - 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?
OminouSC2 (449) - SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black. Roasted malt, bitter coffee. Bitter coffee, roasted coffee beans, espresso, blanced by a rich roasted malt base and chocolate tastes. Lingering bitter coffee finish. Awesome coffe based Imperial Stout.
Gerbeer (3132) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 16, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours black with moderate rain head. Aromas of fresh ground roast coffee and roasted malts. Flavors of acidic black coffee, vanilla, dry toasted malts and bitter dark chocolate. Slick and acidic maybe overkill on the coffee.
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a pitch black with big brown fluffy head. Aromas of coffee, smoke, dark chocolate. Flavors of espresso, tobacco, and dark dark fruits.
chinchill (4269) - South Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz 2013 bottle at 2016 ASMF.
Strongly flavored with enough coffee, dark grains or hops to completely overpower the others in most beers. In this fine brew, however, they coexist in good balance.
Even after over 2 years, this is still a little boozy, but this works well for this strongly flavored brew. The coffee strength is surely lower than when fresh but is still the last thing to fade from the long lasting aftertaste.
Overall: with the base beer a favorite, this coffee-added version should be a winner and it doesnít disappoint.
fluffy (2357) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
honestly not as coffee forward as some coffee stouts ive had and was a little thin. decent.
RumRunner101 (918) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black pour with tan head. Aroma of rich espresso, dark berries, ash. Tons of espresso comes through with burnt malts, berries, and chocolate. Surprisingly thin for the alcohol, but not a negative. Great sipper.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with a two finger dark beige head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Impressive retention for the style and high ABV with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Robust, deeply roasted dark malt aroma with subtle hops and a very strong coffee/espresso character. The dark malt and coffee notes are countered by a sweet, silky chocolate presence. Gourmet roasted espresso bean complimented by dark chocolate,oatmeal and toast. This is followed by a faint resinous hop character, bakers chocolate and cacao.
Full bodied with a huge espresso/robust coffee flavor that adds another dimension to the complexity of the base beer. Delicious roasted, slightly nutty, gourmet coffee flavor perfectly compliments the malt profile and subtle hop bitterness of the regular IRS. Robust and bitter but never becomes overwhelmingly dry or acrid. Lots of espresso flavor up front along with burnt toast, oatmeal, dark chocolate and subtle smoke. Thereís some resinous hop bitterness mid-palate with some grass and pine needle followed by sweet, desert-like silky chocolate notes. Hints of fudge, German chocolate cake, cacao and subtle lactose toward the back end. Although this is a huge, complex beer, the high ABV is pretty much undetectable, making it deceptively drinkable. This is the kind of beer you want to slowly sip on and savor, but I love the flavor so much that I canít help myself from downing the bomber very quickly. Possibly the best tasting coffee beer that Iíve ever had.
Slipstream (2464) - USA - OCT 22, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2015 Awesomely rich, full, deep stout. Lots of French roast coffee and marshmallow. Very little hop harshness - smooth, malty, with a just a light touch of bitterness.
juffage (171) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 vintage. Boozy dried fruit and bourbon on the nose. Not much coffee in here. Velvety smooth ice cream mouth full. Medium thickness. BooZy afterburn but nice and warming. Burnt brown sugar. Vanilla on the nose. Still pretty bitter up front despite being a couple years old. Dark dark chocolate. Not very sweet. Meaty. Possibly prefer the regular version but this is pretty good stuff.
BuckeyeBoy (5966) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle enjoyed while organizing my cellar. Pours out black topped with a tan head. Nose is roast malts chocolate coffee vanilla and a nice sweetness. Taste is great rich malts chocolate espresso roast and a nice mellow end.