JesseJames81 (4) - - JUN 16, 2014 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a dark blac color with briwnish-tan overtones. Thick headcwith good retention. Has a sweet’ malty and mollasses aroma. A Rich full flavor with chocolate, coffee, malty mollasses overtnes. Powerful stuff. An enjoyable drink but not for the faint of heart.
Darkmagus82 (890) - - JUN 15, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-15-12 -
Poured from bottle into snifter
Appearance – Pours a pitch black color with a two finger brown head. The head has great persistence and eventually fades to give some decent lacing.
Smell – A heavy sweet chocolate aroma and malty brown bread mixed with good hints of vanilla, coffee and caramel are mixed within. There is a very light boozy aroma that rounds out the sweeter and maltier aromas well, creating an overall great smell experience.
Taste – The taste begins with a huge sweeter cocoa/ semi-sweet chocolate flavor with a nice strong dark breadiness. The sweetness given to the cocoa is of vanilla and the light caramel that was in the nose. As the taste moves on, the dark breadiness remains as a base for the beer along with the cocoa flavor. While the cocoa is ever present, its sweetness profile changes throughout. It begins sweet and then bitters more in the middle as some roasty flavors enter the taste. As the cocoa bitters in the middle, it is joined with a coffee flavor accentuating/enhancing the bitterness. This bitter however is soon again lessened as sweetness comes back to the tongue. At the very end, the alcohol that was detected in the nose comes to fruition and takes the taste to the end. While the taste in the mouth finishes leaves sweeter, the aftertaste turns more bitter. Overall it’s fantastic.
Mouthfeel –Thick, chewy and creamy. The body is absolutely awesome. The carbonation level however is a bit too high and pulls away from the wonderful creaminess and prevents the tastes from soaking into the tongue. While the carbonation isn’t superb, overall the amazing body makes for a great mouthfeel.
Overall – A very tasty and slow drinking stout. It has a wonderful flavor profile, aroma, appearance and a fantastic body. Very enjoyable.
mstrcrwly (256) - New York, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2014 bomber poured into a snifter..jet black with thin tan head..aroma of coffee,dark fruits,chocolate..thick taste with medium carbonation..alcohol lingers later on the palate..very good.
Eructoblaster (2985) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Mondial de la Bière (Montréal, QC). Opaque black body with a thick, beige foamy head. Rich malty/hoppy aroma with chocolate, roasty, and some oaky hints. Its complex, malty/hoppy taste carries licorice, cocoa, roasty, woody, and brown sugar notes. Alcohol is not agressive at all. Ends with a long, warming, bittersweet finish. Awesome!
lesifflebiere (1242) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mousse cacao, assez durable, bière noire comme du pétrole, elle est épaisse et riche. En nez, chocolat noir, café espresso et grains grillés. Superbe saveur franche, arômes torréfiés à l’extrême, riche et crémeuse avec chaleur d’alcool et houblns tenaces. Une des références les plus fines pour ce style.
JayTeeSupreme (29) - - JUN 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the 2014 version it was alright, taste of aniseed and almost soy sauce maltiness. Devolves into a skunky aftertaste, its not bad but not a favourite. I dont like the soy sauce kind of taste.
johnnymusky (209) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 release poured from bomber bottle....tried a 2014 at the same time...2012 by far the better beer....way better with aging....the chocolate berries and malt flavors were fantastic...alcohol taste was minimal....great beer.....but after some time!
closey22 (849) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opaque black with thick lasting foamy light brown head; aroma is hint of roasty chocolate and maiden oil; Flava is soooo rich notes of chocolate alcohol licorice even notes of toffee; feels thick creamy foamy with decent fizzy zing; finishes dry malty sweet then bitter
HuskerTan (484) - 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- I’ve 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 didn’t 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 (430) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUN 5, 2014
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Stone’s 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 brew’s smoked malt flavor. Redolent of soy sauce, this highly palatable characteristic demands to be paired with food. I couldn’t 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. It’s settled. I’m definitely doing that next time around.