itfitz (10) - California, USA - JUN 22, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wow -- this is one of the best-assembled Imperial Russian Stouts Iíve ever had.
Stone throws their signature hops into this -- at first, the idea sounds dubious, but the result is more than pleasant.
Make sure you read the back label. Itís hilarious and reflects the great sense of humor that the Stone guys have. But it also gives some insight as to how and why they did what they did to this stout.
This stout is all about coffee. It pours looking like a faintly-ruby red motor oil, with a nice tan cafe-au-lait head.
The aroma is again coffee, with a bit of dark chocolate, floral hops and citrusy fruit. Itís a quite-pleasing smell.
Once it hits your tastebuds, the real fun begins. Not surprisingly, coffee jumps at you, but the chocolate and roasted malt follow on quickly. It is mildly-heavy, but less so than other Russian Stouts. You wonít want to drink more than 2 or 3 of these.
It finishes well, the carbonation being replaced by a velvety smoothness, and leaving a great aftertaste.
Stone has hit another home run with their version of an Imperial Russian Stout. Chtob vse byli zdorovy!
Garrold (3920) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. 2016 release. Wine Rack, Sharrowvale Road, Sheffield. Not far off black. Ring of lasting, light brown head. Nose has dark, woody roast malts. Liquorice root. Coffee grinds. Some treacle. Some bitter chocolate. Hint of vanilla. Taste has lip coating, treacle sweetness, and plenty of roasted malt, woody, liquorice bitterness. Smooth, full mouthfeel. Bit too much fizz. Very drinkable, mind. Touch of dryness near the end, with a lingering, woody bitterness. Nice one. Needs a year or two under itís belt, I reckon.
Gerbeer (2976) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 16, 2016
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle. 2016 vintage. Pours black with moderate tan head of big bubbles. Aromas of chocolate cake icing, rich cafe au lait, sweet vanilla, and creamy roasted malts with notes of peppery alcohol. Flavors of licorice, dark brownies, dry roasted malts, and more peppery alcohol. Dry and a bit alcoholic but super stuff. Worth cellaring if I could find a case!
M15ter (29) - - JUN 9, 2016
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black, opaque, minimal tan head.
Chocolate, chalk, vanilla, buttery aromas.
Sweet and slightly bitter.
Chocolate, licorice, wood, pepper flavors.
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wyldeturkey101 (23) - - JUN 7, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím trying this beer on a recommendation that has never led me wrong once again proving to be a good source. A strong aroma, a tan colour with a taste tgat bursts with flavour.
Gespuccian (105) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose is full of dark fruits, roast, booze. Jet black pour with light lacing. Taste is huge - full of dark roast, some bitter coffee, prune maybe. Palate is full, heavy but smooth, some lingering booze. Delicious.
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Hugetaste42 (18) - - MAY 27, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
lots of chocolate, not too much coffee, rich malt, full body, aroma is not really complex. Great stout!
Percy0103 (543) - MEXICO - MAY 11, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 500ml. A dark beer with a small brown head. Aroma is of coffee, alcohol and nuts. Taste is bitter with a strong roasted malt finish. Medium to robust bodied with some carbonation and astringency. Oily and complex aftertaste with hints of nuts. A perfectly balanced and very drinkable (for the style) Imperial Stout.
Sdaniel90 (821) - Mexico City, MEXICO - MAY 11, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 65cl. 2016 edition. Opaque dark reddish/brown with a minimal brown head. Aromas of molasses, dried fruits, roasted caramel, alcohol. Robust bodied with moderate carbonation. Thick and oily. Medium to heavy sweet with medium to heavy bitterness. Intense roasted character into a fiery alcohol and coffee finish. Complex, heavy and exquisite.
graham_murphy (571) - - MAY 2, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid and unpretentious imperial stout. Black and a little thin in head and body. Medium bitterness - not bad for a stout - and plenty of sugary fruit, chocolate leaving a sweet aftertaste. Potent.
MelvinKalksma (739) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2016
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Slight/medium aroma of malts, caramel, chocolate and roasted malts.
Opaque black beer with a slight/medium dark brown head.
Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel and chocolate; ends slightly bitter with roasted malts.
A balanced imperial stout which is not really sweet, nor really bitter. Balance is key however and it is excellently crafted.