jbruner (2477) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque black from the bottle with bubbly tan head that dissipates to thin ring of lace. Aroma is coffee, roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate, and coffee. Taste follows, but the espresso is more balanced than the nose and a nice bitter finish gives it depth. Solid addition to the normal RIS.
crazyvin (1991) - New York, USA - NOV 30, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A black body with a brown head that had mild retention. Aroma was a great mix of dark chocolate, coffee and leather notes. Some alcohol was present. Flavor seemed to have more dark chocolate flavors then coffee. Still had rich roasted malt flavors and the alcohol was a nice warming sense in the finish. Moderate mouth feel. Easy to drink.
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simont1 (285) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of rich roast and coffee. Taste is semi-sweet, with a nice earthy coffee & milk chocolate, bundled with an evened out roast and a mellowed out licorice feel to it. Great mouthfeel, remember this as much better mouthfeel than the normal Stone IRS.
Bricks (633) - Delaware, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of bitter coffee. Super dark, tan head. Smooth palate w/ bitter finish. Taste pretty good. Great stout.
rouhlas (313) - GREECE - OCT 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle bought from Systembolaget, shared at home. Black with medium beige-brown head. Aroma is roasted malty with light notes of coffee and chocolate. Taste is sweet and bitter same as the aroma with coffee and chocolate. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.
fugitive (1392) - Athens, GREECE - OCT 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Color black with small head. Aroma roasted, malt, herbal. Taste malt, wood, some coffee, roasted.
arnold931 (625) - Iowa, USA - OCT 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. I can't believe how smooth this is for 11%! Lots of chocolate and coffee. Maybe some dark fruit. Delicious!
beechner224 (761) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black, tan head. Aroma is all coffee. Taste is mix of coffee and chocolate, pretty rich. Nice beer.
Lukaduke (2362) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep silky burnt umber color with a two fingers of khaki foam. Nice blend of earthy coffee mixed with creamy cocoa. Nuances of anise, burnt wood, roasted coffee, tar, vanilla, caramel and a long smooth finish. Great balance of roast, bitterness and sweetness !
Dfonorow (1600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pour is deep black with a small off-white head. Aroma and flavor of dark espresso, coffee, roasted malt, light chocolate, and bitterness. Finish is roasted coffee and not much else.
Darkmagus82 (1809) - - SEP 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Transfer on BA review on 6-1-13-
Served on tap in a snifter
Appearance – Served a nearly pitch black brew with a small tan colored head. The head faded rather fast leaving a lighter level of lace. Upon swirling the beer, fingers of a brown molasses color cling to the glass, slowly making their way back to the body of the liquid.
Smell- The smell is big of chocolate and espresso. A semi sweet chocolate smell with hints of vanilla and brown sugar create a nice balance to the more bitter coffee and espresso aromas of the brew. Overall it is big and roasty.
Taste – The taste begins with a roasted malt flavor with lots of semi-sweet chocolate up front. With the chocolate comes notes of vanilla and a little bit of caramel. The chocolate begins to take on a slightly more bitter flavor more toward the middle of the taste with flavors of coffee coming to the tongue. The coffee gets stronger as the taste advances and mixes with a light oak flavor at the very end. Along with the increase in coffee and oak so too comes the alcohol flavor producing, when mixed with the rest, a nice warming and roasty flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. Both match the grandness of the big and dark flavors of the brew and make for a nice slow sipper.
Overall – Big, roasty, chocolate covered espresso beans with a nice warming alcohol taste- that is how I would describe this one in a few words. Quit a nice imperial stout.