ThisWangsChung (638) - 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?
shrubber85 (6538) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Latte and barley malt aroma. Dark chestnut with small head. Sweet latte/coffee ground and hay flavor. Nice, smooth beer.
dbhenry (61) - El Paso, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This very dark stout has a small head. Its wonderful taste is dominated by the coffee essence in the roasted malt, with significant caramel taste. The hops are slightly understated, allowing the full flavor of the malt to come through. A great stout.
Beerathon (794) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iíve never had a coffee stout that tasted some much like coffee. It blew my mind.
FrankBrew (28) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark black with a thick Carmel color head. Woody aroma. Flavor starts coffee bitter, finishes sweet. Super smooth mouthfeel. Good Russian but not as intense as imagined. Masks the high alcohol content well
Pyrmir (2448) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from bottle @sbwf13. Brownish black with tan head. Aroma of espresso, coffee beans, anise, liquorice and wood notes. Taste is rich and full, perfectly balanced; espresso, sugars, chalk, liquorice, wood, raisins and dark chocolate.
pilsnerrogge (2356) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a lacing head. Dry espresso aroma with notes of toffee and licorice. Smooth mouth feel. Flavour is coffee, licorice and dark chocolate. Long, espresso dry finish. Nice one!
wisdomsolo (158) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow! This was fantastic. The aroma was toasted coffee, malts, toffee. The flavor was sweet yet just a touch bitter from the big coffee notes. Super smooth on the tongue. Loved it.
jesperhammer (2517) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
30-NOV-2013, bottle @home, brought by Erik, from Systembolaget.
Black with tan head.
Aroma is roast and coffee. Taste is roast, coffee, more berry-like, and some soy.
Very full body, soft carbonation, sweet but with a bitter espresso finish. Big brew. Thx. Erik.
alobar (2517) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Solid black pour with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, licorice, espresso, and anise. Roasted malt and espresso dominate the flavor with licorice and chocolate. Exceptional!
Countbeer (3701) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Thanks to Gothgargoyle: Served in a Chouffe glass:
Small brown foamy head, which disappears quick and leaves a headless black colored beer.
Aromas of espresso, coffee beans, chalk, coffee roast, anise, some bay leave, some light liquorice tints, roast and wood roast.
Flavours of espresso, coffee roast, some spices, some brown sugars, creamy, bitters, chalk, liquorice wood and wood roast, some raisin and dark chocolate.
Aftertaste is a good mix of roast, espresso, coffee beans, bitters, light spicy and some brown sugars.
Low carbo, creamy silky mouthfeel, full body and a creamy thicker light oily texture.