dpgjrnhcraftbrew (70) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 24, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Spring 2015 Release. Pours a pitch black, midnight color. Fantastic mocha-colored foamy head which settles with some lacing. Smells of coffee and dark chocolate. Tastes of toffee, chocolate, and some roasted coffee. Creamy smooth brew that is very easy to drink and the ABV is wonderfully hidden. Stone has produced an excellent Russian Imperial Stout here that I found highly enjoyable and all expectations were met. Overall this is a stout that I would absolutely recommend to all!
FestDecBeet (412) - - APR 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Look: pours dark. Tan brown sugary head. Brown hues on the edge of the glass.
Smell: smokey. Chocolate bar. Alcohol. Coffee. Sweet malts.
Taste: roasted malts. Light coffee. Chocolate.
Feel: medium carbonation. Thick mouthfeel.
Overall: nice beer. Very smooth. Just a hint of alcohol burn could use a little age.
First drank: home 4/21/15
Christpuncher (1868) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2015
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Roasted malt flavored and some bourbon sweetness to start. Very boozy backbone with some hints of coffee and chocolate. Finishes sweet and bourbon flavored with a slight boozy bite. Had out of a bomber at home.
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reebtogi (4756) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle pours black in color with a finger of light brown head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is coffee, roasted grains, licorice, chocolate and dark fruits. Taste is a roasted grain and coffee bitterness with a dark fruit and chocolate malty sweetness with some licorice notes. Full bodied with moderate carbonation that satisfies the palate. Overall, this is quite a tasty imperial stout that is well balanced and deserving of a great tasting experience.
fezzy (104) - California, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose: dark chocolate, bready malt.
Appearance: dark as sin, mocha-brown head, lively on pour, thins quickly but retains and leaves lacing.
Taste: licorice, burnt toffee, chocolate, wood. Maybe a hint of prune or raisin, but hard to get over the aforementioned overwhelming elements.
Palate: oily, thick, but thankfully not syrupy.
Overall: flavorful, complex, and strong. Not easy to drink, but enjoyable to experience.
Bebum (476) - - APR 17, 2015
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque, inky, lace covers continuously the glass.
Full body, intense flavor, silky, long palate, perfect balance.
Bitter but sweet background and a touch of acidity balances it perfectly.
Dried fruit,roast grains flavors.
Delicious, substitutes well a liqueur.
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rouhlas (999) - GREECE - APR 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle shared at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Black color with beige brown head. Aroma is malty, bready, roasted, chocolate, wineous and alcoholic, light coffee. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.
TheBear11D (361) - Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured into a snifter (and then poured again).
The Stone Russian Imperial Stout pours black with a thin dark brown head that sticks around for a while. The aroma is roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel and wood. The flavor is roasted coffee with rich chocolate and caramel. The beer is thick and smooth with light carbonation up front that develops nicely on the back end. Overall this is a solid brew with great flavor and consistency.
smroush (118) - Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Diverse aromas - roasted coffee, chocolate, dried fruits, alcohol.
Slight light brown head; the beer itself is close to flat out black.
Taste includes mild to moderate sweetness and bitterness.
Full bodied, fairly oily; average carbonation and a long sweet, roasted, bitter and slightly fruity finish.
Overall a nicely diverse and complex stout.
arn8897 (139) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2015
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a tan head. Aromas of coffee bittersweet chocolate and spices. Tastes of a lot of the same along with malt sweetness. Medium to thick palate. Very complex flavors. Really nice stout. Very nice lacing in the glass.