budfox (10) - Kansas, USA - MAY 12, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
The best stout out there! Roasted malt and chocolate with that alcohol burn at the end.
RussianDragon (339) - - MAY 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft is 2009 vintage. Pours an opaque black with wispy ring of beige head. Aroma is huge: roasted malts, dark chocolate, booze. Flavor is coffee notes, chocolate, Scotch. Warming alcohol finish. *This beer is based on Courage and uses peated malt. Notes from Stone event Brickskeller 6/1/09.
coltonhudy (15) - - MAY 11, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2014 Best stout Ive ever had perfectly balanced not too much cocoa or too much coffee just enough to balance with the roasted malts its motor oil with an espresso head it also has slight notes of oak and leather too this stout is superb.
rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. thick inky black with minimal head. very boozy. huge roasty malt with coffee bitterness. big flavors, but extremely harsh.
sturmthis (370) - Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draft. Black with thick beige head. Coffee aroma. Taste of roasted coffee and ends bitter. Excellent beer.
trapped (715) - New York City, TURKEY - MAY 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown-black with foamy chocolate colored head, slight caramel aroma, bitter mocha taste with alcohol flavor, long finish, low carbonation, bitter aftertaste. Strong alcohol content quite prominent.
superspak (2481) - Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle into snifter; 2011 vintage, bottled in Spring 2011. Pours Dense pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, light char, molasses, raisin, light licorice, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malts with moderate earthy yeast ester notes; with good strength and some slight booziness. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, light char, molasses, raisin, light licorice, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Slight earthy herbal/roasted bitterness after the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roast, toast, dark bread, light char, molasses, light raisin, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of dark/bready/roasted malt flavors with light-moderate earthy yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish, Overall this is outstanding imperial stout. All around awesome complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate earthy yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.
AbbeyRoade (283) - Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2014
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Frothy malty thick smooth coffee chocolate. Very high quality stout!! Delicious through and through.
barn0216 (396) - California, USA - MAY 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have had this beer half a dozen times but somehow never rated it till now. Rating the 2014 release. Black color, low carbonation. Bitter chocolate aroma, this bottle is not as strong as i remember. Similar flavor plus some cherry, roast, ash. Bitter with alcohol warmth in the finish. The flavors are there but, again, this bottle seems weaker than i remember IRS being.
gkeh (186) - Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2014
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Jet black pour. No head. The aroma is straight up nutty. Just pure roasted nuts. no chocolate, no espresso, just nuts. The taste is similar to the nose, if not a bit more roasty. Not very good. Can’t hold a candle to the Ten Fidy and Old Rasputin of the world.