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 I’ve 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. It’s 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. It’s 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 won’t 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!
GlasgowTAD (841) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - NOV 25, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours opaque black with a little brown head. Aroma is cocoa, coffee and vanillla. Taste is vanilla, oak, leather, bitter coffee, modest sweet molasses. Full bodied with an oily mouthfeel.
Foffern (1499) - Bodø, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Three year old bottle. Pours a deep brown to black color with a small light beige head. Compact aroma of loads of chocolate truffles, milk chocolate, dark wood and leather. The flavor has more chocolate, coffee beans, leather, dark chocolate, harpix, some alcohol and pine in a long aftertaste. Full-bodied with a silky mouth feel, and a light bitterness. A solid, well-balanced IS with a lot of chocolate.
Turtles (961) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle from Systembolaget, 2015 Classic Release, abv 10.6%. Black with a creamy beige two-finger sized head, rich and thick lacing. Roasted, woody notes in the aroma, chocolate, vanilla, alcohol. Smooth creamy mouthfeel, mildly carbonated. Deep and rich taste roasted coffee beans, chocolate, fudge, sticky figs, fresh vanilla bean. Warming alcohol in the finish.
tysongillmore (358) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Licorice scent and flavor. Strong. Pretty damn good. ---Rated via BeerBuddy for iPhone.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
likeatrainwreck (260) - Stockport, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2015
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, this is insanely smooth and drinkable for such a big beer. Amazingly well balanced. Lives up to the hype.
danlo (1851) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
1pt 6 fl oz bottle from Brewdog online store. Pours black in colour with a beige foam head and smokey, coffee & dark chocolate aroma. Taste is roast malt, sweetish with molasses, raisins, dark fruits, notes of smoke, coffee, chocolate, and some earthy bitterness. Smooth mouthfeel, full bodied, soft carbonation, dry spicy roasted bitter finish. Nicely balanced and very drinkable.
bulldogops (1402) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 14, 2015
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #1287 - 21.10.2014 - Stone Launch Party @Craftbeeryeg. On tap - prioritizing based on which kegs would go first. Aroma is star anise, cocoa, espresso. Palate is a sweet mix of alcohol warmth, chocolate sauce, coffee, and earth. Fantastic.
BarbasA (46) - PORTUGAL - NOV 11, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark black color, good head, aromas of malt, biscuit, chocolate and coffe, in the it’s just perfect, balanced with e ver tingir in harmony.
emartell (307) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - NOV 7, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aromas a maltas tostadas, y ligeramente café y chocolate.
Color completamente negro, cuerpo redondo, densa, Corona de espuma abundante de buena retención, carbonatacion baja.
En boca es cremosa, equilibrada y tostada.
Al paladar es una cerveza compleja, en primera instancia es ligeramente dulce, se perciben las maltas tostadas y cierto sabor ahumado. El lúpulo no se percibe, sin embargo está presente logrando equilibrar el dulzor de las maltas, que dicho sea de paso, están presentes en todo momento, cerveza muy maltosa.
En general una joya de cerveza, muy buena y equilibrada, fácil de beber a pesar de sus 10.6% ABV.
zimbo (811) - SCOTLAND - NOV 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From old notes.
There’ s every virtually every element here to make this a stellar Imperial Stout but it just doesn’t quite deliver the flavour, depth or complexity attributed to its reputation. Lacks definition and individuality which can be found in many other excellent stouts without the profile or notoriety.