HuskerTan (463) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUN 5, 2014
1.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
A- Meaty, smokey, chocolate.
A- Black color, black liquid, brown head.
T- Meaty, smokey, bitter chocolate, coffee, roasty.
P- Full body, thick texture, average carbonation, robust finish.
O- Iíve tried and tried again to like Stone but yet another fail. This was like a weaker version of their Smoked Porter which I absolutely hated. HOWEVER. On a recommendation, I added a teaspoon of bourbon and a teaspoon of vanilla to this and mixed it in. Holy cow does that make a difference. Smoothes it out, takes away the meaty taste, and adds an awesome toasted marshmallow flavor. I didnít include this addition into my numerical rating, but if I had, this beer would have gone from a 1.8 to more like a 3.5.
jbuskirk (416) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUN 5, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Stoneís famous Imperial Russian Stout takes complexity to a whole new level. This thick, black brew combines the sweet, warm bite of booze, rich chocolate, strong coffee, and (very) subtle dark fruit. My absolute favorite element is the savory umami taste within the brewís smoked malt flavor. Redolent of soy sauce, this highly palatable characteristic demands to be paired with food. I couldnít help but think of a grilled steak that had been marinated in soy sauce and red wine - topped with mushrooms just to bring out that extra umami connection. Itís settled. Iím definitely doing that next time around.
Jamesthebrit (238) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huh... must have rated this on that other beer site I was banned from.
Anyway. Had it a couple years ago out the growler and it was disgusting. Had it on tap today.
Aroma was roasty and metalic.
Looked like a porter almost. Head had bigger tan bubbles that formed into a cake like thing.
Tasted very much like a porter. Big metallic note. And roasty note. Not sweet. Not really boozy. Some acidity on the back of the palate.
Palate was good. Smooth. A bit of acidity.
Overall, I was blown away because out the growler this beer was a drain pour (literally). On tap, this beer was really solid. Not amazing, but really good.
mfp13jr (148) - Glenville, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark big and beautiful. Smooth silky with a well balanced chocolate and slight coffee.
swesson (186) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a bomber. Thick tan head, great lacing. Pitch black body. Smells of caramel and malted barley and a hint if coffee and a bit of caramel. Taste is good with the aromas described above coming through the palate. Another very good Stone brew!
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beertholomeus (703) - California, USA - MAY 30, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a tan head. Roasted malt, soy sauce, chocolate, coffee and some alcohol aromas. Chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, soy sauce, licorice, toffee and slight alcohol flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Roasty mouthfeel and a roasted malt, soy sauce and alcohol finish.
beer-yum (439) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Has to be one of my favourite Stone brews. Was lucky enough to sample from tap down here in the antipodes - and it was everything itís reputation promised. Was sublime at the temperature served (cold) and only got better as it warmed up. Only downside is it is too strong to enjoy in the quantities one would want!
hfmejias (683) - Dover, Delaware, USA - MAY 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured black with a medium, foamy brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, some coffee and hints of alcohol. Taste malty, sweet, bitter notes and a bit of booze. Delicious flavor, very good beer, super enjoyable.
badpuppy69 (208) - orange, California, USA - MAY 26, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a very dark Brown with big head and great retention. Aroma is dark fruits roasted malts chocolate and a touch of coffee. Taste follows the Aroma perfectand some nice hops present in the Taste. Very smooth!
ljthiessen (325) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 2008 vintage in 2014, thanks to northropfrye. Beautiful aromas of dried fruits, liquorice, candied fruits, bubblegum. Flavour of dried fruits, chocolate, liquorice, a bit of funkiness. Very very tasty.