pictoman (777) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle. Black with tan head. Surprisingly mild, but perfectly balanced. Mild roast malt, chocolate, and coffee, alcohol is mostly hidden. A great beer, wouldn’t change anything except to maybe boost all of the flavours and alcohol slightly, but in the exact same balance.
Oly (55) - Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber to snifter at cellar temp. Black with quickly fading khaki head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is bitter roasted malt with stone fruit. Pleasant enough, but nothing that stands out. The palate disappoints a bit, being thin and overly carbonated. The alcohol is well hidden, though. A decent enough stout, and certainly for the price, but not quite up to Stone’s own lofty standards, and also not up to the standards of what US microbreweries have been doing with RIS offerings of late.
BiiruBierBeer (605) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 3, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smell is faint malt with some faint cinnamon and vanilla. Taste is heavy roast and malt with some mineral note. Medium body, medium carbonation, and some foam.
tmrmwel (1284) - Bergen, NORWAY - APR 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Old rating. Pours pitch black, with a finger thick creamy dark head. Aroma is dark, burned malts, with liquorice, coffee and tobacco as well as cocoa and leather. Full, oily body, with soft carbonation. Flavour is burned malts, with coffee, cocoa and dark bitter chocolate, as well as notes of liquorice. Finishes off with deep lingering notes of cocoa.
dyetube (1326) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle from market street - Frisco. Pours a pitch black with a medium tan head. the aromas are chocolate, coffee, dark fruit. The mouthfeel is dry and bitter with a heavy body and good carbonation. Excellent brew. Cheers!
Cjmccahill (39) - Indiana, USA - APR 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2015 bomber to snifter. Pitch black with fluffy tan head that settles quick. Smells of roast, coffee, chocolate. Not as smooth, heavy on palette as expected. Not too sweet, coffee, boozy.
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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 (1938) - 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 (4808) - 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.