arnold931 (545) - Iowa, USA - JUL 7, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Third Base. Make sure you let this warm up first. Pours deep brown with huge tan head. Nose is chocolate and coffee. Taste is delicious chocolate with some coffee bitterness in the aftertaste.
hackobock (1360) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2013 version. Black with a one inch dense brown head. Aroma is milk chocolate, dark bitter chocolate, licorice, vanilla, coffee. Taste is sweet licorice and milk chocolate in the background with a dark roasted bitterness growing and finish is medium bitter roasted with a sweet milky note. Texture is sticky, medium bodied.
jdobbs (380) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is very unique and I really like it. The taste is a real hefty dose of roasted flavors with a bit of the alcohol bite as this ones pushing 11% here. Definitely a beer that the guys over at Stone take pretty seriously. If you’ve actually found this in the store and they aren’t sold out BUY IT! not for the newbie.
BeerBeCue (103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2012 edition bomber poured into Stone IRS snifter...hehe! Pours a nice almost-back with some copper highlights with a finger-thick head, reducing to a medium patch of foam. Aromas are of liquorice, roasted malts, alcohol, and dried fruits. Taste is medium-sweet, somewhat bitter...honestly my tongue is a bit confused by this one...! Body is, sure enough, rather full, texture is slick/oily, and carbonation pretty low. The brew interestingly has some astringency in the aftertaste, which is also quite (but not overpoweringly) bitter. Overall: amazing. I wish I would’ve bought two and drank one fresh, but I decided to age this one for 2 years. One of the best imperial russian stouts I have ever drank, the other one being Old Rasputin.
kidobutai (359) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Complex tasty stout. Purple-brown short-lived head, almost black color. Anise aroma, very spicy taste for a stout. Good beer.
Luvystypotables (655) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of licorrice, with a hint of malt and coffee, black colour, with a well laced creamy off-white head that slowly disappears. Taste of coffee, and licorrice, with a bitter finish. Creamy feel.
stoutchap (416) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great imperial. Dark brown pour with nice tan head. Some lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and a bit of liquor. Big flavor - roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits. Smooth rich mouthfeel.
nakedwhendrunk (2100) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a pint glass and a snifter.
The appearance had a nice dark brown close to a black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. The lacing was there as it speckled the glass adequately.
The smell had a super nice blend of roasted chocolate tones to a slight coffee beans with light vanilla and anise.
The taste was very nice as it allowed a super nice sweet and roastiness to invade the tastebuds in a slight boozy pummeling of sorts.
On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with more of sipping aspect assigned to this brew. The carbonation finishes roasty and smooth.
Overall, this was a great RIS well worth your time and money.
mR_fr0g (3130) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at the brewdog agm 2014. Dark caramel, mahogany brown with a lasting dark tan head. Rather viscous and oily. Beautiful. Aroma is wood, hickory smoked bacon and coffee beans. Palate is luscious full bodied velvety on the tongue. Flavour is smoky oak, roast choc, caramel, slightly salted caramel. Solid.
Roser (31) - Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance- pours with some viscosity. Dark tan, foamy (milkshake like) head. Minimal lacing. Very dark, like black coffee.
Smell- clean, spicy, malt, gingerbread.
Taste- chocolate, coffee, toasted malty sweetness.
Mouthfeel- super silky smooth and creamy (like chocolate milk). Big and full. Outstanding balance. Bitter in the middle with a pleasant, warm finish.
Overall- excellent! Another superb offering from Stone. Definitely worth purchasing. Highly recommend.